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More Maori in tech a $30m priority

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Maori involved in information and communications technology are looking for ways to bring more Maori into the sector.

That was the main priority emerging from a series of hui over the past week about how a new $30 million ICT development fund should be spent.

The fund was set aside almost three years ago as a sweetener after Communications Minister Amy Adams refused to set aside for Maori any of the spectrum freed up by the shift to digital television.

Advisory group chair Antony Royal says the hui found there were many Maori already working in the sector, but there is no overall coordination and there’s room for many more.

Antony Royal says the fund will have about $6 million a year to distribute over its five-year life, and it’s likely it will be ready to call for projects by mid 2016.

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