The Spirit of Pacific innovation

posted: 12:34 pm - 18th August 2017
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The Ministry would like to congratulate the three Pacific entrepreneurial teams who have started their four-month residency at Te Papa’s Mahuki innovation accelerator; SimplyFi, Tide Talk and Vaka Interactiv.

The three teams were selected after taking part in a successful Pacific Innovation Workshop hosted by Mahuki Te Papa and the Pacific Business Trust.

Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Alfred Ngaro visited the teams at Te Papa.

“I am pleased to hear that the spirit of innovation is continuing with three of the nine entrepreneurial teams taking up this unique residency of Pacific descent.”

“From ensuring the security of our cultural artefacts, and preserving our languages and making culture more accessible; these teams are showing just how traditional cultural values can prompt creative ideas.”

All nine teams will work alongside Te Papa's experts as part of the Mahuki programme.

The three Pacific teams will be part of the first innovation accelerator of its kind in the world.

This is a great achievement and the Ministry will follow the teams’ progress.

The Three Pacific businesses are:

SimplyFi Ltd:
SimplyFi will be developing a system that streamlines the lending and borrowing process for museums. The collection management system enables the lender and borrower to see updates in real time, similar to the way Google Docs enables users to see document edits as they are being made. This system will enable the tracking of items and information through tracing them at checkpoint markers.

Tide Talk:
Tide Talk is an intuitive, customisable language learning tool that will help preserve the languages of Oceania, and endangered languages around the world. Auckland based Founders Lillian Arp and Konini Rairoa are joining Mahuki with a passion for language and learning.

Vaka Interactiv:
Vaka Interactiv is a team of four Pasifika and Māori co-founders led by Chief Executive, Jesse Armstrong. The Auckland based team are entering Mahuki with interactive portrait technology that will enable visitors to connect to culture. The team at Vaka Interactiv recognise the cultural sector is aimed at helping people understand and appreciate culture in a way that changes lives for the better. They are excited to embark on this new journey.