Hika Kia Orana, an innovative mobile application specifically designed to revitalise the Rarotongan language, was launched in Rarotonga this week, paving the way for the development of Hika versions in other Pacific languages.
The Hika EXPLORER app, also known as Hika TOROTORO, was invented by Dr Sophie Tauwehe Tamati, a senior lecturer based in Te Puna Wānanga – School of Māori and Indigenous Education. Hika EXPLORER was launched in 2013 on Epsom Campus for the education sector. It was an iteration of the Hika LITE app launched in 2012 with Vodafone which was targeted for use by the general public.
“When I think back to the early days when I was still developing the app, and to see where it is now, I'm amazed. Watching my dream unfold to help to regenerate our Pasifika languages is fabulous,” Tauwehe says.