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Te Taka Keegan

Te Taka Adrian Gregory Keegan is a New Zealand academic and Māori language revivalist. He is descended from the Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Te Whānau-ā-Karuai ki Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Whakaaue iwi.[1]

Te Taka Keegan
Nationality New Zealand

With a background in hardware engineering, Keegan returned to Waikato University to pursue a master's degree in Traditional Māori Navigation.[2][3] He then became involved in the computer science department and became the first to teach computer science in immersion te reo Māori[4] He completed his PhD titled Indigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai based on work with the New Zealand Digital Library, a research project led by Ian H. Witten.[5][6] His academic profile can be found at the Waikato University website.[7]

Keegan led the team that translated Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 into te reo Māori[8][9] and consulted with the team that translated Office 2013 and Windows 8.[10] The former involved coining many new terms, which have since been incorporated into A Dictionary of Māori Computer related terms..[11] He was also involved in SwiftKey having Māori as a supported language.

In association with spending a sabbatical at Google, Keegan was the driving language force behind Google Maori.[12][13][14]


In 2017, New Zealand Prime Mininster Bill English presented Keegan with the nation's highest teaching award,[15] the Prime Minister's Supreme Award, in recognition of Keegan's sustained commitment to teaching and learning.[16]


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  5. ^ Gregory, Keegan, Te Taka Adrian (27 July 2018). "Indigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai".
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  7. ^ "Te Taka Keegan - Computing & Mathematical Sciences: University of Waikato".
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  10. ^ "Te reo Māori choice for Windows 8, Office 2013, and the Internet".
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  12. ^ Helft, Miguel. "Google's Toolkit for Translators Helps Feed Its Machine".
  13. ^ Gifford, Adam (29 July 2008). "Te Reo no longer lost in translation" – via
  14. ^ "Kua puta a Google Whakamāori ki te reo Māori: Google Translate now in Māori".
  15. ^ Clifford, Aidan (22 Aug 2017). "Te Reo and Binary Combine to Win Prime Minister's Supreme Award". Microsoft. Retrieved 5 Dec 2017.
  16. ^ "Weaving te reo into technology - Dr Te Taka Keegan wins top teaching honour". 9 Aug 2017. Retrieved 5 Dec 2017.