“Our marae are really important places for us as Māori because that’s where so many of our stories are told. But the digital platform gives us a chance to share these stories with our people who live away from home.”

Te Waihoroi Shortland, Ngāti Hine kaumātua

“It was a cool project because it opened the students’ eyes to a whole heap of other possibilities in the technology world. This could be something that many of them could look at for future mahi.”

SLAM participant

Moko’s First Fish

In February 2014 sixteen students from schools and kura kaupapa around the Tai Tokerau area in New Zealand, took up the challenge of conceiving, writing and illustrating four digital storybooks, in both  English and Māori languages.

With only two days to learn and apply their new skills, the result was an innovative mix of creativity and imagination as well as the blending of culture, history and traditional stories.

This book tells the tale of how young Moko learns much more about his culture and identity when he catches his first fish. ‘

The narration, text, and user interface is in English and te Reo Māori.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education has since promoted the workshop as an example of how schools, parents, whānau, and communities are working together to turn government strategy into community action in real and practical ways, Putting Policy into Practice – Education Gazette November 2014. 

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