Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has launched the world’s first augmented reality enabled Māori alphabet book, in what they believe will help benefit their descendants living in the heart of Auckland City.

Te Aroha Morehu of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei says as the world changes so too does technology.

“Koinei ngā rauemi hōu mō rātou hei whakaohooho te mauri i roto i ia tangata, ia rangatahi - mō tātou katoa tēnei rauemi.”

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has launched a new app called 'Zippy's 3D Colouring App' to learn the Māori alphabet.

Morehu believes this will better engage with the new generation

“Ka hiahia rātou kia whītiki ki te mahu hangara, ki te mahi matihiko, tērā pea ko te mahi kaiwhakaaro auaha pea - ko ō  tātou tīpuna ko ratou ngā tino kaihangarau, you know waka ēra momo.”

Ngāti Whātua partnered up with digital company Zippy.

According to Zippy's Abhi Kala, it’s their first collaboration with iwi.

“The most amazing thing for me is I almost feel like part of the family and that I have not experienced I’ve done other businesses, lectured at AUT as well but here I feel at home.”

Kala also says it's a first of its kind in the world, telling stories of the past, using technologies of the new world.

“What we trying to do is tell the stories of the past using technologies of the future that’s the main benefit - I know the whole alphabet now so just so you know from working on this I now know the alphabet.”

This is the iwi's third app they've released, Morehu shares their long-term goal.

“Ko ngā tauira i te ao whānui ko Microsoft, aporo mā, he tino kamupene ērā he aha te kamupene māori i tērā rāngai? - hiahia mātou ki a whītiki me ngā iwi ake hei whakakotahi kia waihanga ngā pākihi māori i roto i tēni rāngai.”

The app is available in App Store and Google Play.

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