Best Practices


He Puia, he Iwi
The aim of the resource is to get people to act in ways which contribute to their personal well being, the well being of others and society as a whole. It aspires to demonstrate mutual respect between the tangata whenua (indigenous people) of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the culture and language of other Pacific people. This resource is published as a set of books, a CD and hosted on a website in three languages, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian Maoli, and English.

The Treaty of Waitangi Information Unit

The Treaty of Waitangi is Aotearoa/New Zealand’s founding document. Signed in 1840 by over 500 Maori chiefs and the British Crown, it was intended as an agreement to embark on something wholly new, to create a nation-state in Aotearoa/New Zealand where no functioning nation-state existed.

Fonterra’s supplier website, is a unique community/business channel used by Fonterra dairy farmers throughout

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
In Maori, te ara means ‘the pathway’. Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding Aotearoa/New Zealand. Through interlinking text and image trails, the online encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. Beginning with coverage of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s peoples, it will eventually present a comprehensive guide to Aotearoa/New Zealand – its natural environment, history, culture, economics and government.


eyeMagic -

The eyeMagic project at the University of Canterbury’s Human Interface Laboratory (HIT-Lab-NZ) NZ is part of ongoing research to explore the application of augmented reality technology to children’s literature. Augmented Reality (AR) is a new computer interface technology that allows computer graphics to be overlaid on the real world, so that both the virtual images and the real objects can be seen at the same time. AR interfaces have been developed for medical, military and educational applications. The eyeMagic project is one of the first entertainment applications of this technology by a children’s author.

Stella Shape Measurement by a Gravitational Lens

Lord Raleigh, a professor of physics at Cambridge University and a Nobel Prize winner one hundred years ago, showed that the performance of any optical instrument is limited because of the wave nature of light. Raleigh derived an expression for the resolution of a telescope, which predicts that even the closest stars cannot be sharply resolved with the best telescopes available today, such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Observations confirm this. Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to us, is merely a hazy blob when photographed by the Hubble.


SaferSleep uses sophisticated software to support the redesign of processes based on physical safety-related equipment (bar-coded drug labels, pre-filled syringes and specially designed trays). It assists anesthetists in administering drugs safely and creating an integrated and accurate patient record easily and helps to prevent drug administration error and inaccurate physical records in anesthesia.

Lomak – Light Operated Mouse and Keyboard

Lomak has developed a revolutionary new computer keyboard for people with physical disabilities, to help them access computers and the digital world with the same ease as non-disabled people. It is a complete rethink of what a computer keyboard can be, which has caught the imagination of disabled people and others.

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