A wonderful digital story-telling experience for Selwyn students, empowering students to become their own cultural representatives."

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Whakatau-pōtiki: Māhuhu

Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei

Whakatau-pōtiki – Māhuhu, is the story of how one of Hawaiki’s great leaders had two sons who constantly argued over everything.

When resources became scarce in Hawaiki, his sons began to argue about who should run the garden that fed their people, memorably during Māhuhu – or the blessing of the soil. So Whakatau-pōtiki decided to settle the argument with an unusual solution.

On May 7th and 8th, 2015, Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei collaborated with KIWA and Selwyn College to create a trilogy of interactive digital books over a two day period.

The Ngāti Whātua students listened to an oral retelling of one of their ancestral stories, then reinterpreted the story using text, illustrations, voice recording and sound effects to produce this book.

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