Live action drama and animation bring Māori mythology to life
Kete Kōrero is a webseries made up of real live action drama combined with animation.
Each of the 10 episodes relates a Māori myth, retold by kids with a mixture of acting and storytelling. The series is designed to reach tamariki all around the country, and each episode is available in english and in te reo, as well as two blended language versions.
Mana's great fish
Kete Kōrero was funded in 2014 through NZ On Air's Digital Media Fund and Te Māngai Pāho's webseries fund. In this funding round we looked for webseries ideas that were focused on Māori audiences. Kete Kōrero not only reaches young Māori, it has a broad appeal for all NZ children. Making the series available in several language versions strengthened the concept.
NZ On Air funding: $99,485
Producer and Director: Casey Kaa, Tūmanako Productions
Executive Producer: Kay Ellmers
Kete Kōrero was launched on 15 March 2016.
The series is hosted on Māori Television On Demand, where all the language versions can be accessed along with links to resources for parents and teachers to accompany the series. A set of colouring-in pictures will keep the kids engaged while they watch.
The stories are bright and fresh and will appeal to young New Zealanders and help them to understand the myths as well as learn about the values and lessons that underpin these Māori stories.