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Technology key to revitalising language and culture

Technology is key to the revitalisation of indigenous language and culture according to Kiwa Digital, winners of the Digital and Information Communication Technology Award at last night’s Nga Tohu Maori awards.

Maori language advocates across the country gathered last night at Napier’s Pettigrew Green Arena to celebrate the 10th Maori language awards.

The awards started in 2004 and are about celebrating excellence and long-term commitment to te reo Maori from across Aotearoa New Zealand. They support the vision of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission) “to hear and see our indigenous language resonate across this nation’s landscape.”

“2015 has been an incredible year for us in supporting language regeneration both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally,” said Steven Renata, Global Business Development Director of KIWA.

Recent projects include the bilingual graphic novellas Nga Atua M?ori; a bilingual app promoting use of re Reo for Auckland Transport; a collection of creation stories for Victorian Aboriginal Corporation of Languages; cultural apps for Callaghan Innovation, IMSB and Auckland Council; an educational app for Waikato-Tainui; and a series of projects for Ngai Tahu, also award winners last night.

“Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori and those recognised at the awards are putting huge effort into supporting language regeneration and innovation” said Renata. “This is paying off and we are now at a “tipping point”, with technology key to success.”

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