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Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons

Tohatoha supports New Zealand to become a digital nation with a digitally sophisticated population. We work at the intersection of the digital world and the day to day operations of the public sector, civil society, and institutions across the country. By providing the acumen needed to navigate the legal, ethical, and practical challenges of digital transformation, we bolster social cohesion, wise procurement choices, and a workforce whose digital literacy goes beyond the basics.

Vision

A just and equitable digital world–for Aotearoa and the planet.

Mission

Enable big conversations with and within our communities, while amplifying the voices of those harmed by digital technologies and working toward solutions to build a just and equitable Internet.

Meet Our Team

Mandy Henk

Mandy Henk

Toihautū | Chief Executive

Mandy is a librarian, writer, and advocate for a healthy and vibrant Commons. She was named a 2012 Library Journal...

Brendan Boughen

Brendan Boughen

Tumu Whakapā | Communications Manager

Brendan has had a 15-year career in public relations, working across a wide range of clients, predominantly in the technology,...

Meet Our Council

Kelly Buehler

Kelly Buehler

Committee Member

Hi! My name is Kelly Buehler. In the past, I have been able to share my expertise and experience to help...

Jennifer Campion

Jennifer Campion

Committee Member

I’m an academic based at Te Piringa-Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato. I have also served as a...

Rachel Hamilton-Williams

Rachel Hamilton-Williams

Committee Chair

It’s been a privilege to be part of setting up Tohatoha Aotearoa. I’m the current chair of the board and...

Luqman Hayes

Luqman Hayes

Committee Member

I am a big supporter of Tohatoha, its advocacy for growing the Commons and its work educating on open access...

Victoria Leachman

Victoria Leachman

Committee Member

I am employed as the Rights Manager at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) and I...

Joel Wirāmu Pauling

Joel Wirāmu Pauling

Committee Member

Kia ora tātou/greetings everyone, my name is Joel and I originally come from South/Central Taranaki but have lived in Wellington,...

Brenda Wallace

Brenda Wallace

Committee Member

I am a technologist, open source contributor, he tangata-tiriti and gardener. I live in Wellington and work for the NZ...

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We host events and reading groups to enhance digital inclusion and encourage robust public engagement with – and understanding of – the impacts of new digital technologies.

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No one else in New Zealand combines our knowledge about the needs of the public sector, civil society, and institutions with our expertise in the practical, legal, policy, and ethical complexities of data-driven technologies, online mis/disinformation, the impact of data-centric internet business models, and copyright.

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