Talanoa Mai Pacific app – first of its kind

Oranga Tamariki has developed an interactive mobile app – Talanoa Mai – to support staff in their day-to-day work when working with Pacific children, young people and their families.

Published on
27 Sep 2019

Leading the way

Talanoa Mai was officially launched at a vibrant community celebration hosted by Pacific NGO Le Va in Auckland on Wednesday 25 September, which was also National Social Workers’ Day.

The app is the first of its kind in Aotearoa. It is designed to help social workers build their cultural confidence and connect with Pacific children and their families. The app is also available to all staff, community partners and members of the public.

Users can chat, sing and chant their way to greater understanding of Pacific cultures. They can even sign up for notifications to keep them on track and further connect them with Pacific communities.

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Celebrating at the community launch

Supporting Pacific cultural practice

Children of Pacific ethnicities are over-represented in the care of Oranga Tamariki relative to the total Pacific population in New Zealand, the majority of whom live in Auckland.

“We know that children do better when they are connected to their culture and language. We’re incredibly proud that Oranga Tamariki has been able to lead the way” says General Manager Pacific, Holika Uhila.

The app enables users to move between seven nations - Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Tokelau and Tuvalu - using the immersive technology to learn more about each Pacific peoples’ unique cultural heritage and identity.

The Oranga Tamariki Pacific Strategy and Cultural Framework, Va’aifetu, are also accessible in the Talanoa Mai app.

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Oranga Tamariki Pacific Team celebrate
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Talanoa Mai app screenshot

An exciting new resource

The app was developed with Kiwa Digital Ltd and our Pacific Team at Oranga Tamariki and inspired by the success of the Oranga Tamariki Māori cultural app, Te Kete Ararau.

 “The Oranga Tamariki team have developed a unique workplace resource that uses the latest mobile technology to help staff serve the needs of Pacific families.”

“Talanoa Mai is part of a future where technology enables cultural knowledge to be integrated into our lives, providing on-demand access in an inter-connected world,” said Kiwa Digital CEO Steven Renata at the launch on Wednesday.

Talanoa Mai can be downloaded for free in the Apple and Google Play stores.