When Potaua Biasiny-Tule talks in public, people listen. And that’s not just because of a colourful, down-to-earth presentation style that mixes Maori, English, tech-talk and expletives and got Potaua and his wife Nikolasa voted best speakers at the recent WordCamp New Zealand conference.
Thirty seven-year-old Potaua is also one of the key influencers in the country when it comes to Maori people, language and technology. Born in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty and raised in Rotorua, he became hooked on spaceys when his local dairy opened an arcade, and his passion for the internet was cemented in 1999 when he saw the benefits it was having on rural Indian communities.
Now he is Managing Director and creative boss of the Māori-run and operated news and ICT company TangataWhenua.com, which recently launched a Maori news app for iPhones.