Blog posts

Reo-ification of New Zealand

Big business and government are backing te Reo Māori long-term. KIWA  produces an interactive mobile app that introduces te Ao Māori to employees keen to understand more about the  unique identity New Zealanders cherish. The apps are developed collaboratively and make the crucial link between language and culture, with customisable features that include te Reo … Continue Reading →

Te Kete Reo o Tāmaki Makaurau

The Department of Conservation’s new Māori pronunciation app Te Kete Reo o Tāmaki Makaurau, is designed to help people identify and pronounce the names of some of our most loved places, animals, and plants in the Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland region in Te Reo Māori. Also included is a small selection of common phrases that you can … Continue Reading →

Reaching diverse audiences

We have launched the first in a series of ten digital puzzles for pre-schoolers that will introduce tamariki to te Reo Māori in a playful way, helping normalise the use of the language in New Zealand. This first release is a fun matching pairs game that introduces pre-schoolers to te Reo Māori words and phrases … Continue Reading →

Beat.fever launched

A storybook app aimed at raising awareness of rheumatic fever in at-risk communities in South Auckland was launched today. With the help of poet and performance artist Daren Kamali, health and education experts, and the team at KIWA, a group of 25 local students have created an interactive storybook app that takes a fresh approach … Continue Reading →

Māori language champions to be celebrated

Kiwa is honoured to be recognised as a finalist in the Māori Language Commission’s annual Ngā Tohu Reo Māori, the National Māori Language Awards. This year’s ceremony to be hosted by the Commission and Te Reo o Taranaki, will be held in New Plymouth on 11 November. Māori Language Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says … Continue Reading →

Language champions igniting the Māori economy

Māori Language champions are not only making a difference for te Reo Māori, but also helping ignite the Māori economy, says Steven Renata, CEO of Māori owned technology company Kiwa Digital. Speaking as Kiwa Digital was announced as a finalist in Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2016 for Digital Innovation Champion of the Year, and in … Continue Reading →

Hei kai ke aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export

Kiwa Digital’s work with indigenous groups has been recognised with the announcement it is a finalist in the New Zealand International Business Awards 2016 , in the category Hei kai ke aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export. The category recognises that being a Māori business opens doors in the increasingly powerful global indigenous economy. … Continue Reading →

Breaking new ground in language revitalisation

Our latest project, a digital resource for deaf Māori students, was launched by Education Minister Hekia Parata at the start of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. “The Story of Rūaumoko is the first-ever digital book for deaf Māori students. It tells the story of Rūaumoko, the god of earthquakes and volcanoes, narrated by students … Continue Reading →

Hi Tech Awards Night

We’re excited to be described as one of “the next wave of growth companies from the Hi Tech sector” at the recent Hi Tech Awards in New Zealand. And even more proud to be recognised as one for the first ever Callaghan Innovation Māori Innovation Award finalists. The six finalists in the Māori Hi Tech … Continue Reading →

Inspirational launch in Great Hall, Parliament Buildings

Our latest project, the digital graphic novel Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa / Victory at Point 209 was launched by New Zealand’s Education Minister Hekia Parata in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings on Thursday. The launch was part of the ceremony announcing the five outstanding winners of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship … Continue Reading →