Te Ao Pūkoro
TE AO PŪKORO is the cyber world of Pūkoro, full of interactive computer games, video clips with craft ideas and stories, printable colouring-in sheets and much more.
General Manager of Kura Productions, Karen Waaka-Tibble says the development of TE AO PŪKORO was something Kura had envisaged when Pūkoro first started, as a way to provide support to whānau and kōhanga committed to fostering te reo Māori.
“This is a chance for us to give our pre-schoolers’ favourite te reo Māori television programme, the same value and depth as shows like Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street. Much of what makes up the website has been sourced from themes of the show itself, but the games have been created from scratch. It’s new and exciting and we can’t wait to see what the kids think of the games – remembering it’s targeted at our pēpi!!”
Content on the website has been taken from season eight of the hit television show and is all in te reo Māori, and was supported with funding from Te Māngai Pāho’s Digital Innovation Fund 2014.
Popular female Pūkoro presenter, Naomi Toilalo, continues her presence on TE AO PŪKORO as the upbeat-voice for the bilingual navigational instrutions, to help non-speakers and learners of te reo Māori find their way around the site.
As a second language learner, she says “being part of a show that creates awareness of te reo Māori is a real privilege”.
“My main goal when I was a teenager was that I wanted to learn Māori. I hoped that I could get into television so it’s still quite surreal that I’ve been able to speak Māori on TV… it’s also really cool to do a show that your kids love”.
Series nine of Pūkoro wrapped up earlier this year and Kura Productions are hoping to make a milestone tenth season in 2016 and take Te Ao Pūkoro to new heights.
Executive Producer, Quinton Hita says “resources of this quality for kōhanga aged children are extremely rare and is paving the way for Pūkoro to continue beyond television”.
“We’re trying to think of new ways to celebrate our reo and support those that want to learn… this is just the first step for us and hopefully we can build on this and create other reo-speaking worlds for our tamariki to engage with”.
Te Ao Pūkoro website www.pukoro.co.nz was launched on 14 November 2015, at an ‘invitation only, exclusive event” hosted by presenters of Pūkoro. Only a few will be lucky enough to attend this event, with golden tickets being given away on the Pūkoro Facebook page. New computer gaemes will be added each week u to a total of 45 games and an new APP teaching vocab with Kori will be added in 2016. Whakamiharo!