Blog posts

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 →

Hairy Maclary and Friends™ back as mobile apps

Thirty-five years ago a small black dog stepped out of the imagination of author and illustrator Dame Lynley Dodd and onto the pages of a picture book. That book, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, is now famous the world over and the 21 titles in the Hairy Maclary and Friends™ series have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Now, Hairy Maclary and his … Continue Reading →

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 →