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My Kiwa Journey

Digital Publishing: It is nearly 8 years since I invested in Kiwa Digital . My journey started by searching for something that meant  I can let my boys learn Chinese by themselves. It ends with investing in Kiwa Digital. Kiwa was truly one of the first developers who put children’s books on iPad, so early … Continue Reading →


What an amazing year for our partners Wangka Maya Pilbara Language Centre! Filming, website, school programmes, museum projects, research, an expo, and the ground-breaking project we have been supporting, the establishment of a digital hub with a vast collection of video, audio and written resources on language, indigenous knowledge and governance. With the Centre’s fast … Continue Reading →

The long view on indigenous language preservation

The ANZSOG First Peoples Conference in Melbourne on the theme of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, was an opportunity to call on public servants and indigenous leaders in Australia and New Zealand to take the long view on indigenous language preservation. Indigenous languages need not one, or even five year plans; but uber long … Continue Reading →

Our stories

Keen to learn more about Aotearoa New Zealand’s history prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi? Take a look at our new app telling the story of Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei. Launched at the historic Mission Bay Stonehouse this month and available for free download this app covers the iwi’s story up until the … Continue Reading →

Digital Innovation Hub to be established at Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre  

The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in Port Hedland Australia has announced plans to become a Digital Innovation Hub, leading the way in using technology to communicate the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal languages. The Centre is receiving a $200,000 Commonwealth Grant to establish the Digital Innovation Hub. The funding, just approved by … Continue Reading →

We Bare Bears speak te Reo Māori for first time

Cartoon Network’s beloved animated sitcom We Bare Bears has screened everywhere from Pakistan to the Philippines. This year, for New Zealand’s Maori Language Week, producer Turner Broadcasting agreed to have the bears speak te reo Māori for the first time – with Temuera Morrison providing the voice of lead character Grizzly. We’re super excited to have been … Continue Reading →

Children’s book reviewer praises our tech

“Both these story apps have the balance between Story and special effects just right.” The latest review from Australian children book reviewer “The Book Chook” reminds us of the long term value of our technology in encouraging kids to read, and to enjoy reading. “Lynley Dodd’s stories have been beguiling generations of children for many years, … Continue Reading →

Supreme Local Government Award for Kawe Kōrero

Katahi anō ka whakaihuwaka te taupānga o Kawe Kōrero i ngā tohu SOLGM. Waikato Regional Council’s cultural intelligence app Kawe Kōrero has taken out the Supreme Award at the annual New Zealand SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards. At last night’s ceremony in Auckland the app won the Capability Group Award for Innovation in Council – … Continue Reading →

Hi Tech Awards celebrate high diversity

The finalists for New Zealand’s prestigious Hi Tech Awards have been announced … And KIWA is a finalist in the Callaghan Innovation Māori Innovation Award.  “The tech sector’s cause célèbre, a lack of diversity, has added a cause behind the celebration of this year’s Awards.” Run by the NZ Hi-Tech Trust, the Awards, now in its … Continue Reading →