New app brings fun, sports, whānau and te reo together
A new app aims to bring te reo Māori to life on the netball court.
Creator and toihau of myReo Studios, Kawana Wallace, says Puni Reo Poitarawhiti is all about making the language easy, fun and accessible.
"If I can get some of our whānau learning five or six kīwaha or key kupu they can shout out and support, if we can get the coaches and refs using some of these key kupu in the game and normalising te reo Māori that would be a huge success for myself."
The app is a joint project between myReo Studios and Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK) and it's a response to statistics indicating that te reo use is dropping along with a decline in Māori language speakers. The creators are confident that targeting sports with high whānau involvement will mean a large uptake in the use of the app.
Eruera Morgan, senior advisor at TPK, has high hopes that the app will inspire a new generation of te reo speakers and a growth in te reo speakers.
"Ko te hā o te ngākau ka mau, ka mau i ō rātou hirikapo, ka mau i ō rātou whanonga, ka mau i ō rātou wairua, tinana, hinengaro, a, ka karekare mai ngā whatumanawa i roto i a rātou kia tahuri mai ki te ako i te reo kei te kōrero hoki mō te hunga ehara i a tāua anake ngā uri Māori engari te hunga ehara i te Māori."
Mr Wallace has hopes the app will expand to include other sports.
"We're looking at doing things like kī-o-rahi, waka ama, rugby, rugby league, hockey, b-ball - the whole area of sports. I would like to make an app for every single one of them."
The app is set to be launches on iTunes and Google Play Store to coincide with Auckland's and will be tied in with the start of ASB Polyfest 2018.