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 Pasifika children, young people and their families



Officially launched on National Social Worker’s Day September 25, at a vibrant community celebration hosted by Le Va in Auckland, Talanoa Mai is the first app of its kind in New Zealand.


The app is designed to help social workers build their cultural confidence and connect with Pacific children and their families- 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.


It comes at a time when children of Pacific ethnicities are over-represented in the care of Oranga Tamariki.


“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.


An exciting new resource


The app was developed with Kiwa Digital Ltd and the Pacific Team at Oranga Tamariki, 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.


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