He Haerenga App – Learn the Beginners Level Māori language

He Haeranga app

Before knowing about He Haerenga app, let’s find out the history of Maori language.

In the last 200 years, the history of the Māori language (te reo Māori) has seen its ups and downs. At the beginning of the 19th century, it was the predominant language spoken in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

As more English speakers started living in New Zealand, the Māori language was increasingly confined to Māori communities. By the mid-20th century, there were concerns that the language was dying out.

To keep it alive and going, the Haerenga app is the second in the Pāpapa Series of Maori language apps released last year for kids and adults who wish to learn the language.

Earlier Pāpapa, one of the country’s newest mobile app production companies, was established and run out of Palmerston North released in April 2017 He aha tēnei? (What is this?) focused on 20 everyday Māori words and how they are pronounced.

Under the series of te Reo Māori app for children under 5 and their caregivers will focus on beginner-level language learning and vocabulary acquisition.

He haerenga continues this focus on everyday words and their pronunciation between children and their caregivers by providing vocabulary associated with four different holiday destinations popular with New Zealand families: the river, beach, mountain, and farm. After completing these first four scenes, a bonus scene—outer space—is available.

He Haeranga app - Haerenga app
He Haeranga app

According to Papapa co-founder and computer programmer James Porter (Te Atiawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa), for parents like himself who are learning te Reo Māori alongside their children, the challenge of supporting the children’s language acquisition as they grow while developing own language capabilities can be daunting.

Features of the Haerenga app

  • You will virtually visit different locations, such as a mountain, beach, river and farm.
  • Drag and drop each object or creature to hear their name read out to you.
  • Words such as Pakoko puaheiri (Snowman), Karoro (Seagull), Waka topatopa (Helicopter), and many more are included.
  • Be rewarded throughout your journey when you match everything at a location to begin your search for an additional fantastic creature, match everything in all locations to take a trip somewhere out of this world, or even match everything in the game to unlock two mini-games.

Pāpapa believes in creating opportunities for children and caregivers to explore their world together in Te Reo Māori. The app prefers to provide self-paced, uninterrupted experiences, so the app doesn’t include anything to rush you or include any advertising.

All Māori language features (words and phrases) used in the apps are quality-assured by licensed translators certified by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission).

He Haeranga app- Learn Maori Language
He Haeranga app- Learn the Maori language

These Pāpapa app series should deliberately focus on everyday words and environments, with practical, fun, and mystical elements, to ensure maximum interest and engagement from children.

So, for example, in addition to eels and tents at the river, there are fairies, too.

Te Taura Whiri o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) has long emphasized that “To live, a language needs to be spoken in the home” (2008, Te Reo i te kainga, p. 3).

This was supported by Te Paepae Motuhake, the Independent Panel appointed by the Government in 2010 to review the Māori language sector and Māori language revitalization strategies. Yet the resource pool available for strengthening te Reo Māori in homes is still small, with a distinct lack of digital resources.

He Haeranga app- Download
He Haeranga app- Download

Thus, digital technologies are the perfect avenue to explore innovative answers to resource development in many fields.

They are especially effective for language revitalization initiatives, given the ability to use sound, imagery and movement.

The haerenga app is available for purchase on both Apple and Android devices, in both New Zealand and Australia, and costs NZ/AU$4.49.

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Kamal Kaur

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