“The story explores the dynamics between the missionaries and Māori people and addresses a common misunderstanding that missionaries were the main actors in establishing the first schools for Māori. As the resources illustrate, Māori were active partners in the establishment of the first school: the Pākehā teacher needed to learn many new things, including learning the Māori language, and Māori teaching and learning approaches.”

Ruth Lemon, Author

Ko Wiriwiri rāua ko Kina

Ruth Lemon and Hēmi Dale

Ko Wiriwiri rāua ko Kina is an interactive bi-lingual app that draws on the history of the establishment of the first school in Aotearoa, which opened in Rangihoua, Bay of Islands in 1816.

The story focuses on the experience of two fictional school girls, Wiriwiri and Kina as they start school together and learn to write their first letters and syllables in te reo.

Aimed at ages 8 to 14 years, the app is in animated digital format to attract the interest of a wide range of users.

Learning resources integrated into the app for teachers include curriculum links, learning activities, an extensive list of resources available, and a historical timeline for printing and sharing.

Production was supported by the Ministry of Education’s Te Aho Ngārahu fund, an initiative to improve the access to quality local curriculum resources in te reo Māori.

  • Swipe-to-Read™
  • Touch-to-Hear™
  • Touch-to-Spell™
  • Record your narration
  • Colour in the illustrations
  • Character animation