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NZ Hi-Tech Awards full of diversity and Te Reo Māori

Arwen Sommer

New Zealand's biggest annual tech event celebrates diversity and achievement.

Te reo Māori and gender diversity were prominent at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards Gala dinner at Horncastle Arena on May 25.

The winner of the Hi-Tech Māori Innovation Award, Straker Translations, performed a haka as part of accepting their award. 

"Give it five to 10 years and Māori will be the largest investors in tech," the winning company chief executive Grant Straker said. 

Lillian Grace, who was awarded the Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual award, said she was happy to see "so much te reo and so many women" on the stage at the awards. 

At the clousre of the night the Hi-Tech chair Jennifer Rutherford prented a gift of a Toki to ex-chair Wayne Norrie. 

Norrie said that the awards were about "purpose not achievement". 

A full list of award winners is available on the NZ Hi-Tech Awards website.