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Generative AI: For Aotearoa

Interim Generative AI Guidance for the Public Service

Indigenous Data Sovereignty

Dr. Karaitiana Taiuru

On AI & Te Reo Māori

AI Forum New Zealand

"The AI Forum NZ has formed a working group to draft a white paper on Large Language Models (LLM) and Generative AI in New Zealand. 

The working group comprises subject matter experts from across Aotearoa and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the benefits, challenges, and governance considerations associated with LLMs in New Zealand."

The Knowledge Hub includes a growing number of submission and reports.

"The AI Forum helps develop the local AI ecosystem by engaging with Government, industry and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for advancement. 

Our parliamentary submissions collate the views of our membership in response to specific inquiries or bills.

Our research reports are written in partnership with a range of organisations (including industry partners, professional bodies, research organisations and Government) to provide insight, information and lead the debate on AI’s potential impact on New Zealand’s future."

See. for example this MBIE report: Artificial Intelligence: Shaping a future New Zealand.

Artificial Intelligence | Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor


"Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming a feature of our world and everyday life in myriad ways. The office is building this web page as a resource page for those interested in rapid developments".

"As our work on AI progresses we will post some of the useful resources that we come across. Make sure to check back for updates". 

One particular resource of note is the 2023 Māori data governance model by Te Kāhui Raraunga.

AI and Privacy in Aotearoa -- Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has released some advice about privacy risks associated with generative AI (dated June 2023).

This advices focuses on how organisations might evaluate AI tools used by staff (and students in the case of a university) but also contains some useful thoughts on the risks associated with using such tools. For example,

  • given that data input into an AI tool may be used to train that tool, private information should not be used;
  • generative AI is covered by the Privacy Act 2020, which means that New Zealanders can complain if they think their privacy has been breached; and
  • the Privacy Act provides individuals with a right to access and correct personal information held by an agency. Generative AI tools may not always be compatible with such rights.