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Te Taka Keegan on technology, teaching and te reo

Te Taka Keegan on technology, teaching and te reo

Dr Te Taka Keegan, of Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngati Porou and Ngati Whakaaue descent, is a senior lecturer in computer science at the University of Waikato. His most recent research has seen him collaborate with the likes of Google and Microsoft to develop the Māori keyboard, which is now a Microsoft standard. A stint at Google head office saw Keegan work on developing the Google Translation Toolkit that led to Google Translate for te reo Māori. Recently, he has again started adding data to Google Translate to enhance the Maori language function. Keegan has just received a national tertiary teaching excellence award for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching in a kaupapa Maori context, and has also received the Prime Minister's Supreme Award in recognition of his contribution to teaching and te reo Māori both nationally and internationally.