Associate Professor Te Taka Keegan

Te Taka Keegan

Associate Dean Māori

Qualifications: DipCompEng CIT MA PhD Waikato

Iwi: Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whakaaue

About Te Taka

Te Taka received a Diploma in Computer Engineering from CIT (Wellington) in 1987. He spent six years working as a hardware engineer for Datacom and Digital before returning to the Waikato and Waikato University. He received a BA through the Te Tohu Paetahi stream (Māori immersion) and in 1996 was awarded an MA having completed a thesis on traditional navigation. Te Taka worked with the Māori Department and then in 1997 switched to the Computer Science Department. He completed a PhD in 2007, titled Indigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai.

Te Taka has worked on a number of projects involving the Māori language and technology. These include the Māori Niupepa Collection, Te Kete Ipurangi, the Microsoft keyboard, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office in Māori, Moodle in Māori, Google Web Search in Māori, and the Māori macroniser. In 2009 Te Taka spent 6 months with Google in Mountain View as a visiting scientist assisting with the Google Translator Toolkit for Māori. Further work with Google led to Translate in Māori.

In 2013 Te Taka was awarded the University of Waikato's Māori/Indigenous Excellence Award for Research. In 2017 Te Taka was awarded the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Personal Interests

His whānau, te reo Māori, rugby, and the refereeing of rugby to a very high standard!

Papers Taught

Research Interests

General research interests include traditional navigation, Māori language technologies, indigenous language interfaces, multi-lingual usability. Current research interests have focused on the use of te reo Māori in a technological environment.

Recent Publications

  • Trye, D., Calude, A. S., Bravo-Marquez, F., & Keegan, T. T. (2020). Hybrid hashtags: #YouKnowYoureAKiwiWhen your tweet contains Māori and English. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, 3. doi:10.3389/frai.2020.00015 Open Access version:

  • Keegan, T. (2019). Ātea - a new avenue to store and engage with indigenous literature and culture. In Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) 117th Annual Conference. San Diego, California, USA.

  • Keegan, T. (2019). Māori language procreation in social media. In 17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII). Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

  • Calude, A., Stevenson, L., Whaanga, H., & Keegan, T. T. (2019). The use of Māori words in National Science Challenge online discourse. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 50(4), 491-508. doi:10.1080/03036758.2019.1662818 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: G.2.25
Phone: +64 7 838 4420