September 09, 2021
Maori version of Tree Snap game good for environment
The Māori Language Commission has backed a card game that encourages the planting of native trees.
Tree Snap is produced by Trees That Count, a native tree marketplace backed by environmental charity Project Crimson, with each card including illustrations and information about iconic trees.
Chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui says when Project Crimson chair Joris de Bres approached the commission about translating the game, it decided it wanted to be more involved by taking sponsorship for more trees, which could be planted by children at kura kaupapa and immersion schools.
“It’s one thing to talk about wao nui a Tāne but it’s another thing to be involved in restoring the ngahere so to have our kids out there planting native trees and reconnecting with that but also playing the game in te reo Māori is a win-win for us all around,” he says.
Taukapu Rākau has been released to celebrate Conservation Week and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, with the support of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori meaning 750 free packs are available for schools and kura nationwide.
Teachers can claim their pack (one per school) on the Trees That Count website.