Upoko Pakaru is the new interactive board game that will have your whaanau singing, twirling poi, performing haka, charades – all with the aim to increase awareness about the history of Tainui waka and also increasing capability in te reo Maaori.
The game was created by Waikato-Tainui Language Advisory Group as a language revitalisation tool and a resource for teaching history unique to the Iwi.
With the help of board game experts Holdson, it took six months to get the game off the ground.
Game developer Hariru Roa, Education advisor said the game follows the travels of Tainui waka.
“It is the journey the Tainui waka traversed to Aotearoa, starting at Whangapaaraoa - that is where the waka landed first - then following all landings of the Tainui waka all the way to Kaawhia moana where it rests.
“The main objective is to have fun and learn a bit about this history, as someone playing, the main objective of the game is to land in Kaawhia first.”
A free copy of the game was made available to all Waikato secondary schools and Maaori medium schools.
Ms Roa said she believes it will be a great learning strategy for the next generation.
“Maaori are naturally competitive, so what's better than a competition that allows you to move and groove whilst learning the knowledge and the whakapapa and all the songs of Waikato-Tainui?”
Waikato-Tainui hopes the initiative will inspire other iwi across the country to adopt similar language and tikanga revitalisation strategies.
To purchase a copy of this game go here.