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We bring stories to digital life, across languages and cultures!

Kiwa Digital

location_on New Zealand
Kiwa Digital is a world-leading production house for experiential digital apps. We bring stories to digital life across languages and cultures, using our cutting edge technology to create immersive, interactive, and instructive experiences. Digital publishing is the core of what we do at Kiwa, and our technology enables indigenous groups to communicate their own stories in their own language!
Your work is a great example for New Zealand about how the use of ICT, combined with innovation and Māori passion can succeed globally.

Minister Te Uroroa Flavell, New Zealand


HundrED has selected this innovation to

Bilingual Education

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Updated on February 23rd, 2021
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What is Kiwa Digital?

Kiwa has a passion for bringing stories and cultural treasures to life for the digital generation!

Digital publishing is at the core of all we do. We partner with content owners to provide digital publishing services, bringing content to life in the way the original author always intended.

We have developed a number of innovative specialised services to meet customer needs:

  • Proprietary processes and technology that enable the digitisation of stories for indigenous communities to promote language revitalisation;
  • A Cultural Intelligence toolkit that brings cultural competency into business and government in a fun, helpful way;
  • An Indigenous Media toolkit that brings traditional stories to life in compelling digital formats; for example in Alaska
  • A unique storytelling workshop for schools, the KIWA SLAM, that empowers students to tell their own stories, in their own language, and publish it to the world;
  • A customised version of the SLAM that enables digital storytelling to promote causes;
  • A licensed version of our software that enables businesses and organisations to develop their own capability to bring their content to life digitally.

We see technology as an enabler. Our experiential apps are kinaesthetic and tactile. They are not just apps; they are immersive, interactive, and instructive experiences!

We also set the standard for accessibility across languages and cultures, and for readers of varying abilities, delivering learning benefits that include:

  • sound synchronised with text, word-by-word, to reinforce understanding;
  • audio and text in multiple languages and levels, to make content more accessible;
  • design that supports special education needs; and
  • interactivity that reinforces learning, such as Swipe-to-Read™ to highlight and play back the story at your own pace, Touch-to-Hear™ to have individual words spoken, and Touch-to-Spell™ to hear the letters that spell each word.

HundrED Academy Review

Digitalization and interactivity make language learning fun. The innovation also enables students of different proficiencies to proceed at their own pace with repetition. The innovation is scalable considering what you can do with the already built infrastructure of the technology.

- HundrED Academy Member

As for most of the innovations that include digital learning it functions excellent for revitalization or strengthening lesser used mother tongue

- HundrED Academy Member
KIWA Digital is providing teachers and students with the tools to introduce language learning in a culturally relevant and individualised way. They are empowering teachers with the language skills to comfortably promote language learning in their classrooms. Through their tech platform, KIWA digital has the potential to spread globally and continues to introduce new languages.
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Achievements & Awards

February 2020
Winner of Supreme Award, SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards 2018
January 2020
Deloitte Asia Pacific Fast 500 Winner
January 2020
Ngā Tohu Reo Māori | Māori Language Awards
January 2020
New Zealand International Business Awards, finalist 2016
September 2020
Bilingual Education

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