Mobile App Developer

June 10, 2021, 11:58 p.m.

Want to apply your development skills to ensuring Māori and Indigenous people have a place in a digital future that respects privacy and data sovereignty? Haere mai ki Te Hiku Media!

We recently helped launch the Whare Kōrero App which brings all 21 Iwi radio stations together in a digital whare that respects Māori tikanga and data sovereignty. The backend of the Whare streamlines workflows for live streaming, broadcasting, content management, and archives. The Whare Kōrero also provides enhanced access to high quality Te Reo Māori content, and this is essential for ensuring a positive future for te reo Māori. Check out tehiku.nz/trotk to see how automatic speech recognition and parts of speech labelling can bring new life to native speaker archives.

We're also building natural language processing tools for indigenous languages, with te reo Māori being the first. To solve the data "problem" of machine learning, we built koreromaori.com, a way to crowdsource the collection of hundreds of hours of spoken language, and it streamlines machine learning by providing a comprehensive API for access to data. We're also working on a real-time pronunciation tool that will help bring back the native sound of te reo Māori, undoing years of damage through the influence of colonisation and the English language.

If these projects sound exciting, we want to hear from you! We're also looking for developers who share a passion for working on projects that benefit society. At Te Hiku Media you'll have the opportunity to work on open source projects and contribute back to the community. You'll get to work on the Whare Kōrero that supports the telling of stories that matter to our communities. You'll help accelerate the revitalisation of te reo Māori so that all New Zealanders can speak te reo by 2040. You'll also help us pioneer the Kaitiakitanga License which is changing how we build digital tools to ensure we look after marginalised communities and prevent privileged groups from unfairly benefiting from our mahi.

Te Hiku Media is a registered charity. We offer a relaxed, whānau-oriented, work environment that values tikanga and a healthy work-life balance. We also have strong values around data sovereignty and privacy.

We support diversity especially in STEM. Māori, Pasifika, Indigenous, Women, and LGBTQI are encouraged to apply.

This position can be remote or based in our offices in Kaitaia. We also have staff in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch so there is the opportunity for shared working spaces. Since COVID-19, most of our staff work from home and pop into the office when needed.

Required skills and experience:

  • 2+ years programming experience in iOS and Android
  • Strong general programming / computer science skills
  • Ability to learn any programming language
  • Self motivated
  • Good collaboration skills and works well in team environments

Desired skills and experience:

  • Experience with any or all of the following languages: Python, Typescript, Swift, SwiftUI, C/C++, Java, Kotlin
  • Experience with continuous integration and automated testing with tools such as: Kubernetes, Docker, Ansible, Vagrant, GitActions
  • Experience with AWS and/or Catalyst Cloud (OpenStack)
  • Experience with Machine Learning and/or Natural Language Processing
  • Kōrero i te reo Māori or fluency in other Pacific languages - these skills are highly sought after as we're doing pioneering research in natural language processing for pacific languages.

Send us:

  • A link to your online repositories or other relevant online resources,
  • A CV and a cover letter.

Email these and any questions you may have to mahi@tehiku.co.nz.

Expected start date: ASAP

This is a fixed term 6 month contract with the likely possibility of transitioning into a full time permanent position.

Visit papareo.nz to get a comprehensive overview of our whakapapa, our pioneering work in digital kaitiakitanga, and our latest research. You can also check out our GitHub, https://github.com/TeHikuMedia, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or visit our website tehiku.nz. Download the Whare Kōrero App at wharekōrero.nz.

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