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

Te Waihoroi Shortland, Ngāti Hine kaumātua

Moko’s First Fish

Pikimaui Stone, Vahance Gillies, Wirihana Walters, Joeann Waata

Read the storybook app that students from a small town in New Zealand created that went on to receive an international award in 2015 from the pre-eminent organisation Digital Book World.

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

Moko’s First Fish tells the tale of a young boy going fishing with his grandfather for the first time and the lesson he learns.

Free to download, with the support of New Zealand’s Ministry of Education.

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