Microsoft releases world-first Minecraft: Education Edition resource exploring the traditional Māori world
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 9 September 2019 – World-building game Minecraft and classroom version, Minecraft: Education Edition, have inspired millions of children the world over. Now young learners will get to explore the traditional world of Māori in block form, with the brand-new Ngā Motu (The Islands), commissioned for students to experience and build on life in a Māori pā and learn more about Māori language and culture.
“This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, but if we want our indigenous language to remain a living, and thriving, part of our society it’s crucial that teaching and learning is carried throughout the year. That’s why Microsoft is investing in resources that inspire students to explore te ao Māori while having fun and challenging their imaginations – this is how we create a culture of lifelong learning,” said Anne Taylor, Education Lead for Microsoft New Zealand.
Educators across New Zealand are already using Minecraft to transform learning, from learning programming with Hour of Code to designing sustainable villages and even reconstructing Gallipoli in-game. While Microsoft has previously released te reo Māori editions of existing resources, such as last year’s Voyage Aquatic and Hero’s Journey, this is the first time an official world has been created in Minecraft: Education Edition especially for Aotearoa. Game designer Whetu Paitai, of Coromandel-based Piki Studios, was given just five weeks to imagine a fun but educational teaching resource that reflected Māori language, culture and heritage.
The result was Ngā Motu, a truly immersive Minecraft world where mobs of moa and kiwi flock around the palisades of a traditional pā with a waka hourua floating in the harbour. Students can build their own wharenui and learn words in te reo Māori from friendly guides modelled on Paitai’s own children and their friends, or via in-game exercises. The game’s resource packs swap typical Minecraft swords for more appropriate patu and soon intrepid voyagers will be able to visit the taniwha living off the coast as the game grows.
“We’re believers in learning being organic, being able to explore all the elements, because nothing in our lives exists in isolation. Our mission is for everyone to be able to play these games and see more than just what a waka is – they’ll be able to see how it fits into that whole world,” Paitai said.
Paitai was supported by two professional translators, Hemi Kelly and Piripi Walker, to translate the instructions and language pack for the game. There were even some new words for some of the in-game Minecraft items.
“It was important to make sure te ao Māori was respected as its own being, the mana and cultural IP of each artefact upheld and maintained throughout the process,” Paitai said.
Soon Ngā Motu will reach an audience beyond New Zealand, as Piki Studios is now an official member of the Minecraft Partner Program, enabling it to add to the resources available in the global Minecraft Marketplace. For now, Minecraft: Education Edition will be available to classrooms in New Zealand, as part of Microsoft’s Schools Agreement that provides resources such as Minecraft: Education Edition to every State and State-Integrated school.
“Ngā Motu is a truly amazing resource for Kiwi students and teachers and we know they’re going to absolutely love exploring and building on this world,” said Taylor.
“The creativity and attention to detail with which Whetu has approached this project just blew us away. What he’s created goes way beyond what we could ever have expected.”
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Ka hihiringāākonga o Aotearoa i te ao Mahimaina o te ao Māori
Ka whakaputaina e Microsoft te Minecraft: Education Edition tuatahii te ao e hōparaanai te ao Māori tūturu
TĀMAKI MAKAURAU, Aotearoa, 9 o Mahuru 2019 – Nā te kēmuwaihanga-ao a Minecraft me te putangaakomanga, Minecraft: Education Edition, kuahihirikatoangātamarikitinimiriona puta noa i te ao. Nā, ka āheingāākongatamarikiki te hōparai te ao Māori tūturumāngāporaka, me Ngā Motu, he meawaihangamāngāākongakiawhaiwheako ai me te waihanga ao i roto itētahipā Māori me te akoanōmō te reo me te ao Māori.
“Ko Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori tēnei, engarimēnā e hiahiaanatātaukianohotōtātaureotaketakeheireoora, momohohoki, i roto itōtātau ao he meanuikiawhakahaerehiangāwhakaakoranga me ngāakoranga puta noa i te tau. Koinā te take e haumiana a Microsoft kingārauemi e whakahihirianaingāākongaki te hōparai te ao Māori me te pārekareka me te whakapātarii ō rātauhinengaro – koinei te tikanga hangaingāakorangapūmau,” te kīa Anne Taylor, KaiārahiMātaurangamō Microsoft New Zealand.
Kei te whakamahiakētia e ngākaiwhakaakoheitakahuriingāakoranga, maii te akoi te papatonomā te Hour of Codemaii te waihangaingāpātoitū, me te aha me te waihangaanōi a Kariporiirōkēmu.Ahakoa i puta i a Microsoft ngāputangareo Māori o ngārauemi, pērāi te Voyage Aquatic me Hero’s Journey, koinei te wātuatahiihangaia he ao whaimanai Minecraft: Education Edition, otirāmōAotearoa. E rima wiki noa iho te wāki te kaihoahoakēmu a Whetu Paitai, o Piki Studios o Harataunga, ki te hoahoamaiitētahirauemingahau, akorangahoki e whakaataanai te reo, ahurea me ngāāhuatangatukuiho o te ao Māori.
Ko te otinga o ngāwerawera ko Ngā Motu, he ao Minecraft hōhonurawa me ngākāhui moa, kiwi hoki e muimuihaereingāpaparua o te pā me tētahi waka hourua e mānuanai te whanga. Ka taea e ngāākonga te hangatōrātauake wharenui me te akoingākupu Māori maiingākaiārahihoahoaiwhakatauirahiakingātamarikiake ā Paitai me ō rātauhoa, mā roto mairāneiingāmahingairōkēmu. Kuawhakawhitia e te keterauemi o te kēmungāhoari o Minecraft mōngāpatu, ā, ā kōakenei ka taea e ngākaumoana te haereki te kite ingātaniwha e nohoanai te moanai te tipuhaerenga o te kēmu.
“E whakaponoanamātau ka pā noa maingāakoranga, mā te āheiki te hōparaingāāhuatangakatoa, i te mea e kore e nohowehemotuhaketētahimeai roto i ō tātau ao. Ko tāmātauwhāingakiataea e ngātāngatakatoaēneikēmu, ā, ka whānuiaketārātau kite itētahi waka – ka kite kērātaui te urungaatuki roto i te ao whānui,” te kī a Pita.
I tautokona a Paitai e ngākaiwhakamāoringaio, e Hemi Kelly rāua ko Piripi Walker, ki te whakamāoriingātohutohu me ngāketereomō te kēmu. I puta hokiētahikupuhoumōētahituemiMineCrafti roto i te kēmu.
“He meakiamanaakitia te ao Māori, te pupurii te mana me ngārawahinengaroahurea o ia taonga puta noa i te tukanga,” te kī a Paitai.
Kāore e roa ka taea a Ngā Motu kingāminenga o te ao itua o Aotearoa, inakuauru a Piki Studios heimemawhaimananō te KaupapaPātui a Minecraft, e taea ai e iangārauemi te tāpirituihono i roto i te WāhiTauhokohoko o Minecraft i te ao whānui. I tēneiwā, ka wāteamai a Minecraft: Education Edition kingāakomanga puta noa i Aotearoa, he wāhangatēneinō te Whakaaetanga Kura a Microsoft e tukuanaingārauemipērāi a Minecraft: Education Edition kiiakuraKāwanatanga, Kura Tāukehoki.
“He rauemitinowhakamīharo a Ngā Motu māngāākonga o Aotearoa me ngākaiako me tōmātaumōhioanō ka tinorawerawaatuki a rātau te hōpara me te waihangai roto itēnei ao,” te kī a Taylor.
“I tinomīharorawaatumātauki te auaha me ngāiroirotangakatoai roto ingā mahi a Whetu mōtēneikaupapa. Kua eke kēatuiakiāna mahi ki te taumataimanakohia ai e mātau.”
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