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Maori social organisation aims high in ICT service provision

Sathya Mithra Ashok | March 26, 2014
Te Rūnanga ō Kirikiriroa (TROK) was established as the Urban Māori Authority for Kirikiriroa, in Hamilton, in the mid 1980s, under the guidance of the late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu and Mayor Sir Ross Jansen.

Extending services

Francis wants to replicate the success that the TROK team has had with Starleaf with the other social service organisations that they are working with.

"We have the potential of putting out in the next six months around 300 Starleaf licences. Tee idea is that we will buy the licences and split the cost with other organisations. This means we will be able to tap into bulk-buying prices, which will also help us since we function on funds provided by the government," says Francis.

TROK also wants to become the ICT service provider of choice for Maori social service providers in the near future.

"We want to become the biggest Maori social services ICT provider in the country. We want to be able to provide data bases, allow data sharing and data storage, as well as design right outcomes and report creations, so that things are standardised across organisations, enabling smoother funding process for each as well," says Francis.

This would mean that all ICT services are centralised in TROK's data centres.

According to Francis, the team has already put out proposals to their sister organisations, and are awaiting decisions and a possible pilot in the near future.

Meanwhile, the team is working on enabling their video conferencing facilities to be hired by organisations, like the Maori Tribal Court, at less than half the cost of alternate solutions, while providing a potential source of revenue for TROK.

"I want to promote TROK and help people see what we are doing here. The provision of conferencing facilities will help in that way as well," says Francis.

Ambitious goals they might be, but there seems to be no holding back the two-member IT team at TROK.

 

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