Fullstack Developer

Oct. 12, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Want to apply your development skills to enhancing te reo Māori with Machine Learning? Haere mai ki Te Hiku Media!

We're 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 Corpora. It's a way to crowdsource the collection of hundreds of hours of spoken corpora, and it streamlines machine learning by providing a comprehensive API for access to data. We've got some exciting plans for koreromaori.com, including its sister site koreromaori.io which is the first of its kind to provide automatic te reo Māori transcriptions.

We also built the Whare Kōrero, which serves as the "marae in the sky" for Te Hiku Media. The platform streamlines workflows within livestreaming, broadcasting, content management, and archives. The Whare kōrero also provides enhanced access to high quality Te Reo Māori content, and this is essential for our Kōrero Māori project. Check out tehiku.nz/trotk to see how automatic speech recognition and parts of speech labelling can bring new life to native speaker archives.

If these projects sound exciting, we want to hear from you! We're looking for a range of skills and experience so please have a look below. If some (or all) applies to you, then get in touch! We're also looking for developers who share a passion for working on projects that benefit humanity. At Te Hiku Media you'll have the opportunity to work on open source projects and contribute back to the community, and you'll also help us pioneer the Kaitiakitanga License, which incorporates the values and tikanga around kaitiakitanga.

Experience in machine learning isn’t necessary, and this can be an opportunity for you to develop your skills in this area. Don’t worry that most of our code is in Python. It’s a super easy language to pick up.

Te Hiku Media is a registered charity, and while we won't offer a corporate work environment, we offer a relaxed, whānau environment that values tikanga and a healthy work life balance. 

We also support diversity especially in STEM. Women, LGBTQI, Māori, and indigenous developers are encouraged to apply.

This position is based in Whangārei along the Hātea River. We'll consider remote positions, but our preference is to build a strong, innovative development team in the region where the cost of living is more affordable and the quality of life is amazing. Whangārei has close access to beautiful beaches, surf, tramping, camping, and even thermal pools at Ngawhā (most kiwis have never heard of this). It’ll also be the home of the new Hawaiki Fibre Optic Cable that connects Aotearoa to the rest of the world.

Remuneration is up to $75,000 negotiable.

Required skills and experience:

  • 2+ years programming experience
  • Strong general programming / computer science skills
  • Ability to learn any programming language

Desired skills and experience:

  • Good working knowledge of HTML/CSS
  • Good working knowledge of JavaScript
  • Proficient in Python
  • Experience with Progressive Web Apps
  • Experience with Django
  • Experience with AWS
  • Experience with Machine Learning
  • Experience with continuous integration and automated testing
  • Kōrero i te reo Māori

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

To learn more about who we are and what we do, check out our GitHub, https://github.com/TeHikuMedia, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or visit our website tehiku.nz. You can also visit koreromaori.com and share your voice or review other people's recordings, or you can see our automatic speech recognition for te reo Māori live at koreromaori.io.


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