Te Taka Keegan

New Zealand academic

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]

With a background in hardware engineering, Keegan returned to Waikato University to do 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 lead 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 be 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]

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