"Aho Wahine encapsulates for me many of the great things about the creative sector: culture and collaboration, innovation, and a spirit of sharing."

Hon Carmel Sepuloni Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Aotearoa

"The stories in Aho Wahine focus on the innate strength and mana present within every wahine Māori. I hope they give young Māori role models to look up to. To see that they could find their own strength and empower themselves and understand what resilience was."

Ramon Te Wake, Author

"I have been excited about the release of these beautiful bilingual ebooks that retell Pūrākau from a wahine perspective. Papatuanuku is available for free and at a small cost for Hineahuone, Hinetītama, and Mahuika. Ka mau te wehi! Kiwa Digital. Another amazing contribution for our ākonga."

Donna, Facebook fan

Aho Wahine – Papatūānuku

Story by Ramon Te Wake
Artwork by Munro Te Whata
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 Papatūānuku, the Earth Mother.

It  describes how she and her husband Ranginui the Sky Father, were eventually separated by their son Tāne Mahuta and his brothers, so that they could live with light and space to reach their full potential.

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.

Aho Wahine originated from a concept developed in 2013 under the creative direction of Rhonda Kite ONZM.  The series has now been produced with the support of the Copyright Licensing New Zealand Contestable Fund.

First in the series of four apps, Papatūānuku is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

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