Apr 15, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Moteatea app launched on iTunes (review)

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Te Wananga o Raukawa has just launched which is available for free download from the iTunes Store.

E-Wai is designed to assist with learning moteatea, the press release for the launch said:

Learning waiata particularly Moteatea is often difficult. This new application, which runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch assists in the learning process through a combination of audio and visual cues. The user can learn line by line or verse by verse using controls built into the application. Included are translations, history and notes about each of the four waiata loaded into the application.

The waiata tawhito chosen for this app, are a recognised part of the repertoire of ART moteatea commonly heard on marae across the country (but specific to the Ngati Raukawa rohe)

TangataWhenua.com has had a bit of play with the app, and it’s BRILLIANT, this is a wonderful way to learn Moteatea! The method they’ve used (i.e. karaoke style is great, with using a subtle effect on the kupu that have just been sung, as well as the kupu that are up next). If you view the app in portrait view the full list of words is displayed.

It allows for sharing via Facebook and Twitter as well as email. It is hoped that more waiata will be loaded over the coming months.

Our 3-year old calls it the “marae app” and she simply loves it!

The app was developed by Maori owned app developers Kiwa Media (who developed the Qbook) in association with Te Wananga o Raukawa.












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