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Getting more rangatahi into tech: The Southern Initiative’s Michelle Wilson on Techweek’s significance to the next generation

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Getting more rangatahi into tech: The Southern Initiative’s Michelle Wilson on Techweek’s significance to the next generation

Māori and Pacific people are two groups that are underrepresented in New Zealand’s technology industry, but a raft of Techweek events hope to change that. Ahead of the southtechweek18-XLR8 event, the Southern Initiative project manager Michelle Wilson shares why it’s so important to show Māori and Pacific youth the career opportunities in the tech industry, as that underrepresentation is costing the industry diverse viewpoints and new ways of innovating.

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Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it. Here's how the Southern Initiative is helping South Auckland families, creating new jobs, and supporting new businesses.