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For the past two years, Rangitāne o Manawatū and Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) have been working together to create an innovative interactive map that aims to bring to life the pūrākau (stories), oral histories and historical recreations of life on and around te awa o Manawatū – the Manawatū River.

Launching next week, He Ara Kotahi, Hei Ara Kōrero is a unique digital platform where Rangitāne o Manawatū will share their cultural and environmental mātauranga (knowledge) related to the Manawatū River, with communities, schools, manuhiri (visitors), and more.

He Ara Kotahi, Hei Ara Kōrero is a digital platform that provides the people of Manawatū and those that visit our region, with an authentic and trusted source of ancestral knowledge through an engaging storytelling experience in a simple and fun way

It is available as a richly illustrated website for use on desktop computers at home or school, and as a mobile phone version for use while on the whenua, at the sites of significance. It features up-to-date knowledge on pūrākau of the river and its people, including video and audio clips, 360˚ augmented reality scenes, graphic novels, interactive maps, photos, waiata, and short written stories.

This exciting new digital platform is designed to be accessible by phone and computer, making it easy to connect our communities and visitors with the area around te awa o Manawatū, its people and legacy.

Join us at the public launch event to celebrate this exciting new platform and hear from Chris Whaiapu on our journey to get to this point, and the vision behind this new digital platform.

The Details

When: 31 May 2024
Where: He Ara Kotahi Bridge on Dittmer Drive, Palmerston North
Time: 11am – 2pm

Find out more about the launch event here

No RSVP’s needed, just come along and find out about this new digital storytelling platform and enjoy the celebration including waiata, hot kai, and free coffee. There will be scooter rides available (for riders 18+ years-old), sponsored by Flamingo, from 11:30am to 3:30pm

This kaupapa was made possible through funding from Te Urungi: Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund from Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

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