With a 30 year career in Telecommunications and Information Technology, Graeme Everton (Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is an advocate for increasing the participation of Māori in the technology sector. He currently lives in Manawatū where he has established Aotearoa's first open Internet of Things (IoT) research network using Weightless LPWAN technology. In 2019 he plans to launch a rural 5G pilot network to build and test applications specifically designed for rural deployment.
A 1999 Waitangi Tribunal report said Māori have rights to the radio spectrum, what we know as the 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. The Crown disagreed. Now, 20 years on from the original claim, the government has the opportunity to right past wrongs when it makes its 5G allocation.