Kura Kaupapa students shocked at Google search results

By Ripeka Timutimu
  • Wellington

The world of technology belongs to our young people, and this is what they are using on a daily basis.

According to student, Tauawhi Bonilla (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou) “To me it's really offensive to see those types of results because we use it daily, so it's very sad.”

Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna in Wellington were shocked at the automated results given by Google when they typed in the phrase 'Why are Māori...' into the search engine.

“Personally, it's a type of stereotype. Māori aren't like this today, some maybe, but the majority aren't.” says Tauawhi.

According to the Forbes website, they value Google at over $200 billion, and list them as the fifth most valuable brand in the world. Google says that what comes up in searches is not their fault.

“A lot of youth these days do have those opinions about us at this school, so yes I think those things should be removed, because they're not true” adds Tauawhi.

So for Māori students like Tauawhi and others, it's a form of discrimination, and belittling of them as Māori in todays society.

Tauawhi carries on and urges that “those results are horrible for all Mäori, so I think those search prompts should be removed”

A Google spokesperson that spoke to Te Kāea stated that searches in no way reflect Google's opinion as a company, but they're staying quiet on whether or not the search results would be removed.