Maori lan­guage app wins na­tional award

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An app that fo­cuses on ba­sic Ma¯ori lan­guage use, pro­nun­ci­a­tion and pro­to­cols has won a na­tional award.

Kawe Ko¯ rero, mean­ing ‘spread the word’, was de­vel­oped by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

It was launched last Septem­ber to help staff, coun­cil­lors and other coun­cils con­fi­dently and ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cate in part­ner­ships with iwi Ma¯ori.

Its key fea­tures in­clude wa­iata, mi­him­ihi, karakia and video.

The app won the Ca­pa­bil­ity Group Award for In­no­va­tion in Coun­cil — Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions at the So­ci­ety for Lo­cal Govern­ment Man­agers (SOLGM) Lo­cal Govern­ment Ex­cel­lence Awards.

It then won the over­all 2018 McGredy Win­der SOLGM Lo­cal Govern­ment Ex­cel­lence Awards Supreme Award.

Judges de­scribed the app as fun­da­men­tal to lo­cal govern­ment and recog­nised its use­ful fea­tures.

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil chair Alan Liv­ingston said it can be daunt­ing to at­tend a po¯ whiri or step on to a marae if you don’t know the cus­toms or pro­to­cols.

“Hav­ing been in this sit­u­a­tion my­self over years of pub­lic ser­vice, I am ex­tremely proud our or­gan­i­sa­tion has led the way and in do­ing so dis­played ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in this space of pro­mot­ing Ma¯ori lan­guage and pro­to­cols.”

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil con­tracted tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor Kiwa Dig­i­tal to pro­duce in­ter­ac­tive con­tent. Parts of the app can also be per­son­alised, such as writ­ing a pepeha (what you say when you are in­tro­duc­ing your­self to a group of peo­ple).

The app sup­ports a wide group of users and al­lows peo­ple to learn at their own pace.

It has been down­loaded to more than 4100 de­vices, in­clud­ing in Aus­tralia and Eu­rope.

■View the pro­mo­tional video at youtu.be/mqPXmUewlpo

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