Mark Laws was born in Kawerau and was educated at Kawerau North Primary School, Kawerau Intermediate School and Kawerau College. In 1976 he attended Regular Force Cadet School Education Wing at Waiouru and was a trainee with the New Zealand Army. From 1977-81 he worked as a technician for the New Zealand Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Corp. He studied part-time from 1977-78 at Wellington Polytechnic and at Wellington Central Institute of Technology in 1980. He graduated with a Radio Technicians Certificate (RTC), Radio Technicians Supplementary Certificate and Radio Electronic Serviceman’s Registration Certificate. From 1981-82 he was a technician for Fisher and Paykel Electronic Division in Auckland and a technician for Radio Engineering Ltd, Dunedin. In 1984 he worked for Independent TV Services Ltd, Dunedin, and worked as a Technician for Plessey Business Systems, Dunedin. From 1985-86 Laws was Sound Engineer for an English band touring New Zealand and from 1986-87 was Sound Engineer for a Scottish band touring New Zealand. He was an Access Co-ordinator at the Otakou Trust Training Branch of the Te Kohanga Reo movement from 1988-90 and in 1990 he was Access Manager for Te Mana Toroa Tino Rangātiratanga Akonga Wahanga, Dunedin. In 1991 he became Administrator for Te Tai Manaaki Tauira Fees Assistance Scheme at the Māori Studies/Māori Centre at the University of Otago. In 1991-92 he was Research Assistant at the Department of Māori Studies, University of Otago. In 1992 he began a Diploma for Graduates in Information Science at the University of Otago. He was the Organising Tutor at the Māori Studies Department at the University of Otago until 1996. He graduated with a MSc (Distinction) in 1998 and PhD (Otago) in information science. He was the recipient of two Foundation of Research, Science and Technology Tuāpapa Putaiao Māori Fellowships for his MSc in 1997 and PhD in 1998. He was the South Island winner of the FIRST Awards in 1999 and in 2002 won the Computing and Mathematics Section of the National Māori Academic Excellence Awards. He lectured at the University of Otago and also in Hawaii.
Laws went on to work in the Royal Society of New Zealand and the National Association of Māori Mathematicians, Scientists and Technologists and in 2002 he began Post-Doctoral Research with FRST Fellowship from the Auckland University of Technology’s Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Resarch Institute. He was founding Head of Faculty for the Computer Information Science and Technology at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatane in 2004 and became Associate Professor at the wānanga. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Tokorau Indigenous Innovation Institute in 2009 and was appointed to the Whakatane District Council's iwi liaison committee representing Ngati Awa. He also assisted in the development of a community-based diabetes online programme in conjunction with Bay of Plenty District Health Board.
- <p>CV and interview with Mark Laws 24 March 1993.</p>
<p>Phone conversation and email CV and interview with Mark Laws 24 March 1993.</p>
<p>Phone conversation and email correspondence 24 July and 20 Aug. 1998.</p>
<p>"Dr. Mark R. Laws." http://web.its.auckland.ac.nz/maitk/mark_laws 7 Oct. 2010.</p>
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<p>“Senior Whakatane Maori academic drowns.” https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10697260.</p>
- Report of the Te Tai Manaaki Tauira Programme: for the University of Otago and the Iwi Transition Agency. Dunedin, N.Z.: Māori Centre and Department of Māori Studies, U of Otago, Mar. 1991.
- Report On The Visit To Other Māori Studies Departments 24 - 28 June 1991. For The Purpose Of Discussing, The Proposed "Iwi Research - Technology Based Training Programme" Also Any Implications Arising From, And Other Associated Results Of The Visit. [Dunedin, N.Z.]: Department of Māori Studies, U of Otago, 1991.
- The Macintosh is not just a Typewriter (14pp.). Seminar & Discussion Paper. [Dunedin, N.Z.]: Department of Māori Studies, U of Otago, 1992.
- HyperCard Prototype Manaaki Tauira Database Management System. [Dunedin, N.Z.]: Department of Māori Studies, U of Otago, 1992.
- Report on the Research Project: A Rule Based System Designed for Streaming University Students into Tutorials, Language Laboratories and Computer Laboratories. [Dunedin, N.Z.]: Department of Māori Studies & Department of Information Science, U of Otago, 1994.
- Digitised Language Lessons - Implications for Māori Studies. Official Opening of the Language Learning Centre’s New Laboratory Facilities, University of Otago. M. R. Laws, 1994.
- Report on the NAMMSAT Inaugural Conference, July 1995, University of Auckland. [Dunedin, N.Z.]: School of Languages, U of Otago, 1995.
- Māori Speech Synthesis Research Report. Dunedin, N.Z.: Information Science Department, U of Otago, 1997.
- Report: Formant Analysis of selected NZ English Phonemes. Dunedin, N.Z.: Information Science Department, U of Otago, 1997.
- Report: Māori Segmental Phonological Units. Dunedin, N.Z.: Information Science Department, U of Otago, 1997.
- Database Management System: Manaaki Tauira 1992. M. R. Laws, M. Lousberg. Department of Māori Studies & Computing Services Centre, U of Otago, 1992.
- Whakahuatanga o te reo Māori: Māori Language Pronunciation Program. M. R. Laws, R. Tamblyn. Department of Māori Studies & Language Learning Centre, U of Otago, 1993 - 1994.
- Streamer V 1.0 - Prototype Project. M. R. Laws. Department of Mäori Studies & Department of Information Science, U of Otago, 1994.
- Streamer V 2.0 & (1996) Streamer V 2.1. M. R. Laws, 1995.
- Whakahuatanga o ngä Kainga Māori: Pronunciation of Māori Placenames. M. R. Laws, 1995.
- English-to-Māori Talking Digit Dictionary Interface Using Paradox(tm). M. R. Laws. Department of Māori Studies & Department of Information Science, U of Otago, 1995.
- Whakahuatanga o te reo Māori: Māori Language Pronunciation Program. CLAIM - Cross Platform (Macintosh & Window 3.11 version). M. R. Laws, R. Tamblyn, 1996.
- Online Questionnaire of Language Lab Teaching Facilities V 1.3 M. R. Laws. Department of Māori Studies & Language Learning Centre, U of Otago, 1996.
- HySpeech 2.0, English to Māori Translator Interface using MSAccess(tm). M. R. Laws. Department of Information Science, U of Otago, 1997.
- HySpeech 2.0a, English to Māori Database Management System using MSAccess(tm). M. Laws Department of Information Science, U of Otago, 1998.
- "A Computer Assisted Māori Language Laboratory. The Design, Development and Implementation of an Integrated Package of Māori Language Course Material in a Computerised Environment-is it Possible and Practical? (16pp.) NAMMSAT Inaugural Conference Proceedings, July 1995, University of Auckland, N.Z.
- "Building Speech Interfaces to Databases: A Case Study for an English-to- Māori Talking Dictionary." Addendum to the ANNES ’95 Proceedings, November 1995, University of Otago.
- "Intelligent Human Computer Interfaces and the Case Study of Building English-to-Māori Talking Dictionary." ANNES’95. The Second New Zealand International Two-Stream Conference on Artificial Neural Networks and Expert Systems, Proceedings, November 1995, University of Otago.
- Co-authors Kasabov, N. S. Sinclair, R. Kilgour, C. Watson, M. Laws, and D. Kasabov
- "New Zealand English to Mäori Lexical Database: A Talking Dictionary". Unpublished Research Dissertation, U of Otago. Laws, M. (1995)
- "Connectionist-Based Information Systems: The Ongoing Development of an Intelligent Human Computer Interface to a New Zealand English-Māori Database - A Talking Dictionary." Proceedings NAMMSAT Conference, July 1996, Te Rapa, Hamilton. 1996.
- "CLAIM - Computerised Language Assistance In Māori." New Zealand Computers in Education Society 6th Biennial Conference Proceedings, January 1996, The Waikato Polytechnic, Hamilton.
- Co-authors M. R. Laws and R. Tamblyn.
- "Integrating Text and Speech into Databases, Information Systems and Knowledge Engineering for Human Computer Interaction. The Progressive Development of an Integrated Bilingual Interface." Proceedings NAMMSAT Conference, October 1997, Massey University, Palmerston North, N.Z., 1997.
- "Methodology for Speech Data Analysis and a Framework for Adaptive Speech Recognition Using Fuzzy Neural Networks." ICONIP/ANZIIS/ANNES ‘97. Vol. 2 (1997a): 1055-1060.
- Co-authors N. Kasabov, R. Kozma, R. Kilgour, M. Laws, J. Taylor, M. Watts, A. Gray.
- "Neuro-fuzzy Techniques for Speech Data Analysis and Adaptive Speech Recognition." Neuro-fuzzy Tools and Techniques. Ed. N. Kasabov and R. Kozma. Heidelberg: Physics Verlag, 1997.
- Co-authors N. Kasabov, R. Kozma, R. Kilgour, M. Laws, J. Taylor, M. Watts, and A. Gray.
- "A Bilingual Speech Interface for New Zealand English to Māori." MSc. Diss, U of Otago, 1998.