"The telling of Whangaroa histories to the next generation to further educate the ideas of our history is a step closer with the launch of an interactive learning app."

Whangaroa Papa hapū

"The app is an important step in assisting hapū to reshape the standard story and helps Whangaroa to engage in contemporary issues with localised understanding."

Whangaroa Papa hapū

Taratara Maunga

Nā te hapū o Whangaroa Papa 

Taratara Maunga is a new learning resource aimed at raising wider awareness and appreciation of local histories and te reo Māori in the north of New Zealand.

The app covers the creation story of local site of significance, Taratara Maunga, and honours the long-held hapū narrative of ancient occupation and the principles of tangata whenua and kaitiakitanga.

It tells the story of a kuia named Kāni Ihāpera. He passed on to his grandchildren the ancient stories of Taratara Maunga. He also nurtured stories about the gods, the taniwha, and the natural products of his people.

The app includes teachers’ notes and ideas for activities with students and is available to all schools and kura throughout the region and across Aotearoa New Zealand.

This is a collaborative project between the Whangaroa Papa Hapū, local kaumatua and kuia and the Ministry of Education though the Te Aho Ngārahu initiative.

Te Aho Ngārahu was established in 2017 as an initiative to improve the access of quality te reo Māori localised curriculum resources to support tauira (students), kaiako (teachers) and kāhui ako (education providers) learning in and through te reo Māori in both Māori medium and English medium settings.

Artwork was completed by local artist Harold Pānui and voicework by local individuals and students.

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