Māori Language Week 2013 may not be until the first week of July, but for the team at Buratino Productions it started about two months ago with the plan to develop a new game inspired by this year’s Māori Language Week theme: Ngā Ingoa Māori – Māori names.
We officially launched our newest product: He Papa-Whakataetae mō Ngā Wāhi Māori or Aotearoa Road Trip on Saturday by getting together and playing the game ourselves.
It was the culmination of hundreds of hours of design, development and production time, with lots of fun, laughter and language! I think it may be the only time that “Aotearoa Road Trip” will be played using English, Russian and Te Reo Māori!
“Aotearoa Road Trip” provides a fun way for New Zealanders of all ages to recognise, pronounce and use Maori place names. As our language and cultural advisor, Bill Karaitana pointed out, it is also about helping educators and students understand and develop their ‘sense of place’.
We are enormously grateful for the invaluable assistance Bill has provided. Without his support we would not have been able to produce such a quality resource.
In addition, we are grateful to:
The game features iconic images from 20 key towns and cities throughout New Zealand, and for this we acknowledge the following regions for supplying beautiful images for use in the game.
I hanga i Otautahi, Aotearoa
Proudly made in Christchurch, New Zealand