He Puia, he Iwi is a celebration of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa tupuna, Ngātoroirangi, and his hailing of volcanic fire to the central North Island region of New Zealand. The history is retold through mōteatea, and the chanting of Pele, recounting the deeds of their common ancestor Nākoloikalani (Ngātoroirangi). Thus the pan-Pacific links are reconnected. He Puia, he Iwi was published in three languages (Māori, Hawai’ian and English), both in print and digital media.
He Puia, he Iwi comprises two books – Ngātoroirangi and Nākoloikalani – an interactive digital resource (see below) and teachers’ support material
Nominated in the category of e-learning, He Puia, he Iwi represented New Zealand at the World Summit Awards in Tunisia, November 2005 (UN Awards for excellence in digital content).
Published 2004. The resource is available to schools in Aotearoa on request at Down the Back of the Chair.
Phone – 0800 660 662.
He Puia, he Iwi’s interactive component comprises talking books in English, Māori and Hawaiian, including rollover glossaries and illustrations, chants and video clips