“The project celebrates the resilience of the creative sector and acknowledges the powerful intersect between creative, technology and te Ao Māori.”

Steven Renata, Managing Director, Kiwa Digital

"Publishing Aotearoa’s stories is important for our understanding of ourselves, but also allows us to send them elsewhere so that others can learn about us and so that we can generate export revenue that helps to grow our creative businesses.”

Paula Browning, Chief Executive, Copyright Licensing New Zealand

Aho Wahine – Mahuika

Story by Ramon Te Wake
Artwork by Taupuruariki Brightwell
Te Reo Māori by Hēmi Kelly
Music by Maree Sheehan

This is an interpretation of an aspect of the Māori creation story, from Aotearoa New Zealand, told from the point of view of Mahuika, the goddess of fire.

It which describes how her grandson the demi-god Māui tricked her into giving away all of her power so that he could control the light and warmth on earth.

Produced with the support of the Copyright Licensing New Zealand Contestable Fund, the Aho Wahine series of digital graphic novels breathe new life into the traditional stories of Aotearoa New Zealand, by re-imagining them from the point of view of the female characters.

The series includes te reo Māori and English narrations with music that elevate the stories of Papatūānuku, Hineahuone, Hinetītama, Hinenuitepō and Mahuika.

Purchase from the App Store and Google Play, the first in the series Papatūānuku is free to download.

  • Swipe-to-Read™
  • Touch-to-Hear™
  • Touch-to-Spell™
  • Record your narration
  • Colour in the illustrations
  • Multiple languages
  • Notes