Indigenous Data Sovereignty Charter V2

Indigenous Data Sovereignty Charter V2

I would rather go broke than make money off of indigenous data, this is why I've spent the last 6 years trying to figure out how to keep what you share with me safe - tāonga can also be intangible - waiata, korero, whakapapa, pūrakau.


This is why I have been slow in business; I lock down my own korero, ideas and innovations in vaults. Behind payment gateways, in private membership portals such as I know that people out there appropriate and make money from our tāonga; including ideas.

I wrote this blog in 2020 and are so happy to be able to update it in 2022; to let you know that this year I will be launching my services using block chain technology called from

This will mean that between myself and clients we will be able to share the information I need to do your valuations or assist with your homeloan applications - whilst keeping it safe and encrypted.

You will own your data and I will own mine. No one or business gets to store it without us. We allow them to access it, not to copy it, and when we want to retrieve it (disconnect them) we can.

Mana of our tāonga is safe.

Āhau - 

Indigenuity Limited uses ĀHAU to store your sensitive indigenous data. Āhau is a Whānau Data Platform that helps whānau-based communities (whānau, hapū, Iwi) capture, preserve, and share important information and histories into secure, whānau managed databases and servers. 

All data is collected, stored and shared using your own personal devices and your whānau connections. Indigenuity Limited holds access to this storage in order to comply with the New Zealand Institute of Valuers Rules and Code of Ethics.

What does this mean in practical terms?

1. Data rights and interests

a. If the origin of data/information collected from clients is specifically from their Iwi, hapū, marae or whānau, we will seek permission to use this data/information in our reports. Examples of this are:

  • Detailed photographs of your whakairo tupuna that would enable replication
  • Detailed photographs of your tukutuku, kowhaiwhai that would enable replication
  • Detailed descriptions or stories of ancestral stories, whānau, whakapapa (geneology)
  • Video or audio recordings of pūrakau & whakapapa provided to your valuer

    b. If the origin of data is generic in origin or does not specifically identify your sensitive information, then we will use and store the information on the valuation cloud based system. A cloud based system is secure and only available on devices approved by the valuation company. The servers are owned by a private company. Examples of data generic in origin are:

    • Photographs showing external buildings, internal buildings, tāonga and artwork in general.
    • Measurements
    • Construction materials
    • Age, renovations

    c. Commentary regarding the techniques used in the creation of the tāonga will be included in the report in order to advise your report recipient of intricacy, replication cost and 'value'.

    2. Data governance

    If you prefer to have your tāonga (data/information) stored privately, we will use images that are wide focused and do not show enough detail to replicate any of the tāonga. We do need to use some images to show that we have in fact inspected the property, then to provide enough detail to your insurer/report recipient. To protect your data/information:

    • The detailed data can be stored in a block-chain pātaka that will be held by Indigenuity Limited with Inez White as Kaitiaki. A direct link to this pātaka will be shared with our client (Marae owners/Committee/Trust/Iwi, hapū
    • A water mark can be placed over the images to indicate the owners interest and rights, to prevent your images being used for marketing without permission.
    • You have the permissions to share your pātaka data with whom ever you wish. 
    • The valuer only stores this data to ensure you have a copy

    Te Mana Rauranga Charter

    Indigenuity Limited adopts Te Mana Rauranga Charter  that outlines the key ideals that underpin our services and products.

    • Data is a living tāonga (treasure, asset, both intangible and tangible) and is of strategic value to Indigenous peoples.

    • Indigenous data refers to data produced by Indigenous people or that is about Indigenous and the environments with which they have relationships.

    • Māori data is subject to the rights articulated in the Treaty of Waitangi and the UN’s Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Aotearoa New Zealand is a signatory

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