Te Puia launches Emotikis for smartphone users worldwide

Emotiki - the world’s first Māori emoji app - has landed just in time for summer road trips and Santa stockings.

The world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer road trips and Santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons to share kiwiana moments around the world.

The free downloadable app for iPhone and Android is usable and intuitive, allowing users to click on individual Emotiki icons and share them across social media platforms, messaging and email, assign to contacts, save to devices, print and more.

Led and owned by visitor attraction Te Puia in Rotorua, the Emotiki app uses the latest technology to share Māori words and concepts with all Kiwis and other cultures. 

Te Puia general manager sales and marketing Kiri Atkinson-Crean says it is exciting to finally be launching the app.

“We announced the development of the world’s first Māori emoji app in May, and since then a huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes, including working closely with Te Arawa and Te Puia pakeke (elders), to make this Te Arawa led app a true representation of who we are.

“We wanted to give people, particularly our young people, another way to express themselves and our unique Māori culture. The Emotiki app is a light-hearted, easy-to-use way to share the meaning of Māori words and concepts with other cultures and with all New Zealanders.”

Emotiki icons include tiki pūkana (tongue protruding) expressions, taiaha (weapons), poi, hāngi, kai moana (seafood), people – young and old. Even the ubiquitous Māori wardens are featured. 

The Emotiki app is available now to download for free on smartphones and tablets with iOS8 and later versions, and Android 4.4 and later operating systems.

For the latest Apple operating system iOS10, the Emotiki app also includes a sticker pack for use in iMessage, a messaging extension that takes emojis to the next level – meaning they’re intuitive, easier to use, can be drawn on, enlarged, layered and more.

“Te Puia is one of the first in New Zealand to utilise sticker pack technology, all in time for summer road trips and shenanigans, as well as the 2017 Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival."

The all-inclusive app allows people to see what Emotiki icons are trending, create their own favourites board, see recently added icons and purchase Emotiki merchandise such as t-shirts and hoodies.

To download the free app, visit the AppStore or Play Store, and then get sharing. To find out more information on the app and how it works, visit www.emotiki.com.

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