The Te Hīkoi a Rūaumoko | Rūaumoko’s Walk e-book is the latest evolvement of a printed bilingual children’s picture book created in 2016 by a Hawke’s Bay rōpū (collective) and based on Ngāti Kahungunu legends and language.
The book tells the story of Rūaumoko as told by Te Whatohoro Jury from Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairarapa, and won a Māori Language Award from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission).
Project Manager, Emily Campbell says, “The original Te Hīkoi a Rūaumoko book was designed to help tamariki (children) understand what to do during and after a long or strong earthquake, and I hope the digital version will continue this legacy. By developing the original book into a digital resource, we’ve been able to include animation, sound and pop-up boxes with more information to create an immersive storytelling experience, while upholding the language, essence and mana of the printed version. New Zealand’s entire coastline is at risk from tsunami so it’s vital our tamariki know what to do. We know this will be a valuable te reo Māori resource for our whānau across Aotearoa in teaching children the correct actions to take in a fun, interactive way. Although the te reo Māori in this story uses some Ngāti Kahungunu kupu, it was created for the use and benefit of all people of Aotearoa.”.
The project was a collaborative effort between Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board, Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, EIT: Te Ūranga Waka, Ministry of Education, Te Puni Kōkiri, East Coast LAB, Flip Design and The Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University. Funding for the project also came from Te Hīranga Rū QuakeCoRE.