October 08, 2018
Reo app has worldwide application
An app that uses sport as an entry point for learning te reo Māori is attracting interest from indigenous people worldwide.
A version of Te Puni Reo covering the traditional Māori sport of ki-o-rahi was launced at the Iwi of Origin games in Auckland at the weekend, and other sports are in development.
Eru Lee Morgan from backer Te Puni Kōkiri says the app developed by myReo Studio allows players to learn the language of the game before they take to the field.
He says it's the first language platform of its kind.
"We're getting a lot of interest from other indigenous cultures throughout the world. The Ainu people (of Japan), our whanaunga in Canada, the native peoples throughout the world are interested because of the fact this is a vehicle to revive language through sport and technology, bringing our people together," Mr Morgan says.
Iwi of Origin drew more than 4500 participants and spectators across eight sporting codes.
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