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WELCOME IN TO OUR STORY

The Ngā Atua Māori experience welcomes a global audience in to the Māori world. Based on a powerful creation story with an important place in Māori culture, it introduces participants to a tradition rich with ancient narrative. The Ngā Atua Māori story is about the very beginning of Māori existence and the Atua (gods) born in that moment. We hope that learning the story and engaging with the Atua and their elemental energies via AR technology creates a unique, contemporary form of cultural connection. We welcome you in to experience this connection and to enjoy the unforgettable story of Ngā Atua Māori.

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Welcome In To The The World of the Māori

In the beginning there was Te Kore, or the great void. In the void was energy and potential and over millennia this coalesced into Te Pō - the great night. There were many stages of the night. The night brought with it a feeling, a yearning, and in those nights, sprang forth the primal parents, Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Their love for each other was so fierce that they lay in an everlasting embrace.

Their children were enveloped in darkness, and eventually some of them wished to see the world of light...while others did not. Finally, Tāne lay flat on his back, and thrust his feet upwards, ending in the separation of heaven and earth, with Rangi, his father presiding over the skies, and Papa, the earth mother, below.

This AR experience provides only a brief introduction to the Māori creation story, and some of our Māori gods. There were 70 offspring of Rangi and Papa!

The creation story is a pūrākau (ancient story) that forms the basis of our genealogy, our very existence and the beginning of Te Ao Māori. The Māori gods continue to inform how Māori live today in both the physical and spiritual realms.

NAU MAI KI TE AO O TE MĀORI!

THE CREATION STORY

In the beginning there was Te Kore, or the great void, a void where nothing was felt or possessed, but in the void was energy and potential.

From Te Kore- the void, sprang Te Pō - the great night. There were many stages of the night, the long night, the deep night, the dark night, the intense night, and the night where nothing at all is seen. The night brought with it a feeling, a yearning, and in those nights, sprang forth the primal parents, Ranginui e tū iho nei (Ranginui up above), and Papatūānuku e takoto ake nei (Papatūānuku lying below).

READ THE FULL STORY

Moari Creation Story
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Get to know the Māori Gods

The Atua were born in the same moment, but are so different in their stories, personalities and powers. From Rūaumoko and his fiery anger, to Tāwhirimātea with his unforgiving winds, Tangaroa and his unrelenting tides and waves, Tūmatauenga with his fierce and destructive energy, and Tāne with his powers of growth and life. Each belongs to their own realm. Each is defined by their own experience and motivations.

Experience the Māori creation story

Experience the Māori creation story

WELCOME IN TO THE WORLD OF THE MĀORI GODS

Immerse yourself in the world of the Māori Gods and learn more about the creation story with Spark AR

EXPERIENCE NOW

Open with your phone’s camera to be directed to the respective app.

COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE MĀORI GODS

Choose a realm and immerse yourself in the world of the Māori Gods with the Spark AR effect.

EXPERIENCE NOW

Open with your phone’s camera to be directed to the respective app.

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Step inside the making of Ngā Atua Māori

Many minds and hands have helped shape the Ngā Atua Māori experience. Cultural purpose, collaborative process, contemporary tech and narrative craft all come together in the end result. Hear first-hand from those proud to have been involved.

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Forge a deeper connection

This AR experience is one of the ways in which we hope you will connect with our culture and stories while you are here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

In Māori culture, hononga describes connections that are deep, rich and lasting. We connect in the physical and spiritual realms, with stories, songs and conversations. We connect to enrich each other's life energy and are always mindful of the following concepts.

1. Connect with aroha – compassion, understanding, empathy and love
2. Connect with pono – truthfully, with sincerity and honesty
3. Connect with manaaki – care, respect and generosity
4. Connect like you are whānau – family
5. Connect with tiaki – safely and with care

Rukuhia te hononga hōhonu!

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This project brought to you by

Arataki Systems is a proudly Māori owned, whānau (family) owned business based in Aotearoa, New Zealand, that builds digital cultural storytelling platforms and end to end technology solutions. A special acknowledgement to Anzac Reihana Tasker for allowing us to use his custom font for this project.

The MeshMinds Foundation is a registered not-for-profit arts organisation focused on empowering artists in Asia to advance the sustainable development of people and our planet.

Māui Studios Aotearoa is a creative agency sitting on a solid foundation of creative disciplines and sustainable business practice serving the economies of Australasia. Māui build end to end digital content solutions.

Tika Learning is an Auckland-based agency in Aotearoa New Zealand that specialises in bringing relevant Māori cultural knowledge to businesses around the globe. They create solutions that make sense and feel right, with authenticity at the heart of everything they do.

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