December 01, 2014
Whanau ideas could be commercial
Callaghan Innovation’s Maori manager believes there is a significant opportunity to find markets for software applications developed by Waipareira subsidiary.
On behalf of the crown research and development promotion agency, Hemi Rolleston today signed a memorandum of understanding with Whanau Tahi round its Whanau Navigator.
The system was developed to assist Waipareira kaimahi working on programmes like Whanau Ora and Family Start, and it has now been sold to another 30 New Zealand organisations and one in the United States.
Mr Rolleston says Waipareira has 30 years experience delivering indigenous health and welfare programmes, and now it is packaging up some of that intellectual property with technology.
"Callaghan Innovation can help with the science and the research and can help shape it up into projects and if those projects stand well we can provide them with funding support to make this happen so I can see a real opportunity. They already have partnerships with Microsoft and Medtech the platform's all there, now it's the opportunity to actually turn those ideas into commercial outcomes," he says.
Mr Rolleston says Callaghan Innovation now has five people in its Maori team, and it is learning how to work with innovative Maori organisations.
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