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Maori economic development consultancy Tuia has teamed up with KotahiNet and Touch Media to allow Te Arawa members to check the condition of the Waikato River where it flows through their rohe.

Tuia Innovation project leader Juan Prado says the aim is to use digital technology to engage Maori communities with conservation.

Water quality sensors will be installed at five sites from Huka Falls to Atiamuri.

Real-time and historic water quality data will be freely available to everyone, and the project will explore ways to present information in a way it encourages the community to think about, and participate in, river conservation and development.

The project is funded by the Ka Hao: Maori Digital Technology Development Fund.

Mr Prado says there will be work-experience roles that could be pathways for Maori into the digital technology sector, particularly working on big data and Internet of things systems.

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