"Breaks new ground in language revitalisation, interpreting the world of a deaf Māori student through art, storytelling, and mobile technology."

Educators NZ

“Describes the Māori part of deaf culture, never seen anything like this before” “Makes it comfortable for other people to understand us” “Like it lots, interesting to see Māori culture, so cool.” “Hearing people can also use it, we will all be equal.”

Students at Kelston Deaf Education Centre, New Zealand

"Brilliant! Just what I was looking for! More please"

Mojo Mathers Member of Parliament, New Zealand

“The Story of Rūaumoko is the first-ever digital book for deaf Māori students.”

Education Minister Hekia Parata

Rūaumoko – The Rumbling Voice

Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Rūaumoko – Te Reo Haruru – He pukapuka matihiko pāhekoheko mō te ako e takina ana e ētahi ākonga Māori e turi ana i Te Reo Turi reo Māori, i Te Reo Turi o Aotearoa hoki.

Ka takina i konei te kōrero mō Rūaumoko, te Atua o te rū whenua, me te hāngai o tēnei atua ki ngā tāngata turi Māori. I whanakehia tēnei pukapuka matihiko hei rauemi ako i tētahi wānanga kitakita e rima rangi te roa me ngā kaihāpai o Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, o Kelston Deaf Education Centre, o CORE Education Ltd, o KIWA Digital hoki.

Rūaumoko – The Rumbling Voice, is an interactive educational digital book narrated by Deaf Māori students in Te Reo Turi and New Zealand Sign Language.

It tells the story of Rūaumoko, The Māori God of Earthquakes, and looks at the relationship of this deity to Deaf Māori people.

Produced as an educational resource, this digital book was developed over an intensive five day workshop held in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, CORE Education Ltd and KIWA Digital.

Watch this 30 second video for a brief introduction.

The app is FREE to download from the App Store iPhones and iPads
and Google Play Android phones and tablets

Teacher support material for this app is available at this link. 

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