History of Ngarimu VC delivered through new App

Ko Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa te ingoa o te Pūmanawa Tautono hōu nā Kiwa Digital i hanga. Ko ngā kōrero ā pukapuka, ā pikitia, ā reo rua hoki mo te Mātātoa o Ngāti Porou, ka taea mā runga rorohiko, ī-papa, i-wāea rānei. Kei a NPR te roanga atu.

Ko te ao hangarau te huarahi i tohua e Kiwa Digial hei whakaputa i te kaupapa o Ngarimu ki te ao.

E ai ki te Kaihautū o Kiwa Digital a Steven Renata, “We do quite a bit of work in the education space for tamariki rangatahi, we also do a lot of work now with adults and for businesses so we're working with some cultural apps for businesses to increase their baseline knowledge of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.”

Hei tā te wahapū o te Pūmanawa Tautono. a Barry Soutar, “Kei te katakata au ki ngā kuia koroua o te kainga no te mea kāre ratou e tino mārama ki tenei ao hou mo te rorohiko, pōhēhē ratou he whakāta mo te TV engari mehemea ka kite ratou i ngā tamariki e mahi ana whakahaere i tenei mea, ka puta mai te māramatanga.”

He ao tino ngāwari noa mo te hunga rangatahi. Ko ngā momo mahi katoa e tāea ki runga i te Pūmanawa Tautono hōu, me te mea ano ka āheitia ngā reo erua.

Hei tā Soutar ano, “Ko te reo i roto ra no Ngāti Porou engari ko te kaupapa nui he mea no te Hokowhitu ā Tū engari he kaupapa ano mo te Tairāwhiti katoa.”

“You've got different swiping techniques to move through the content wether you wana read it from front to back, or just go through whatever pages you like, and then there's also an autoplay function which allows you to push play, sit back and enjoy the experience,” hei tā Renata.

Koia nei te hītori o ngā pakanga mo te hiwi 209 i Tūnihia, mo te totohe a Ngārimu ki te hoariri ahakoa e hamahamatia ana e ngā Tiamana, a ko te Ripeka ā Kuini Wikitōria tōna whiwhinga. 

A new digital graphic novel, Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa / Victory at Point 209, has been designed and launched by Kiwa Digital. The new app is an interactive digital book in comic format with audio and text in te reo Māori and English that tells the story of the Ngāti Porou hero.

Kiwa Digital is making use of the technological era to tell Ngarimu's story.

CEO of Kiwa Digital Steven Renata told Te Kāea, “We do quite a bit of work in the education space for tamariki rangatahi, we also do a lot of work now with adults and for businesses so we're working with some cultural apps for businesses to increase their baseline knowledge of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.”

Ngāti Porou narrator for the app, Barry Soutar says, “I'm amused at the response from my elders at home who weren't too clued up on the computerised world. They thought they were watching a movie on TV, but when they observed the kids on the app, they were enlightened.”

It's a world easily accessible to the youth. The new app has numerous functions associated in telling the story in both Māori and English.

Soutar says, “The dialect is Ngāti Porou, but the whole story about the 28th Māori Battalion is great for the East Coast.”

“You've got different swiping techniques to move through the content whether you wana read it from front to back, or just go through whatever pages you like, and then there's also an auto play function which allows you to push play, sit back and enjoy the experience,” says Renata.

A short history lesson about the battle for Point 209 in Tunisia, where Ngarimu, despite being under intense mortar and machine gun-fire, led the assault up the hill earning him a Victoria Cross.