ARL Staff Blog


09 Mar 2021

Tā Ian Taylor has launched a new project that teaches kids about Polynesian voyagers' migration across the Pacific Ocean thousands of years ago, and it's personal. The 2019 Innovator of the Year and founder of ARL was 68 years old when he first heard his ancestors' story. The inspiration to create what became was a life-changing moment for Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi) when attending a lecture by Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, head of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago. "My ancestors were part of the greatest human adventure story of all time, and I'd never heard it before."

Ian and a team of people set off to create the website Mātauranga with the hope of inspiring kids to take up science, engineering, technology and maths subjects by telling them these stories. "One of my first objectives was to show Pasifika and Māori that this thing called Innovation and STEM is in their DNA. It's there. It's always been there."

Ian hopes children will be captured by linking today’s stories around Emirates Team New Zealand’s high-tech Te Rehutai, back through America’s Cup innovation and on to the original voyagers and their craft and skills. Emirates Team New Zealand has supported the project from the outset, providing information and assistance. The ambition is that everyone in primary and intermediate schools will at least click on Mā and over time give feedback how they have used it in lessons, and contribute to its development.

From original articles by Todd Niall @ and Julia Gabel @

Above: A Nation Born of Sailors - from Mātauranga, Land of Voyagers - The Untold Story

Visionary Leader

04 Dec 2020

The Deloitte Top 200 Awards 2020 have recognized ARL Managing Director Ian Taylor with the Visionary Leader award, as someone whose work is of importance to the business community. The winner must have taken a visionary position and have lead by example. Deloitte New Zealand produced a video that traces Ian's journey from rock singer to internationally recognized entrepreneur.
(Watch on YouTube)

Ian Taylor

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