October 27, 2017
App brings stream ecology to virtual life
Whanau taking part in a walk along a south Auckland stream this weekend will get prompts on their phone about what they are seeing and the way the environment is changing.
Mason Ngahiwaka from Healthy Families Manukau says the Journeys of Manu app was created by to share matauranga Maori specific to the place the user is near.
Walkers can point their phones at tohu along the six kilometre walk along Puhinui Stream from Hayman Park to Totara Park, and a story will pop up using the sort of augmented reality that drove the Pokemon Go game.
He says many people don’t realise the stream used to be a rich source of food, full of tuna, inanga, koura and other fish and plants.
"Now we know the pollution is at such a level that the levels of life in that river are very poor so we need to start thinking about revitalising the river and start the conversation and socialisation of knowing that river, understanding the problems associated with that river, what we can do to fix that river so our tamariki will be learning that along the walk," Mr Ngahiwaka says.
The Puhinui Stream Challenge is part of an effort to make Hayman Park a 21st Century park as part of the Transform Manukau project.
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