ENHANCED PICTURE BOOK APP BRINGS THE STORY OF NEW ZEALAND’S LOST HUIA BIRD TO LIFE.
MEDIA RICH STORY AND ACTIVITY APP NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM THE APPLE APP STORE FOR FREE.
Auckland, 4th January 2016 – 12 Huia Birds, a fully interactive picture book app, has just been released to bring the story of New Zealand’s lost huia bird alive for a modern audience. With narration by George Henare in English and te reo Māori, the book app is for children aged 6 and up and is filled with animation, music and plenty to interact with and discover.
Through tapping and dragging, little ones can move things along by themselves and see what happens with the arrival of strange creatures to the huia’s land of forest green. The story of this orange wattled bird with a curved beak and white tipped tail feathers is one worth sharing. Their song was said to be the most beautiful in the forest and was only recently silenced with unofficial sightings still being reported into the early 1960’s.
Portrayed in a modern, graphic style by illustrator Stacy Eyles, the historic tale is given a contemporary spin. Atmospheric music and sound effects set the scene of life in the ancient New Zealand forest. Although their beautiful calls were never captured on tape, an elderly man, Henare Hemana, remembered the song from his youth and was able to whistle an imitation of it. This recording and other accounts were used to recreate what the huia might have sounded like for 12 Huia Birds.
Creative director of 12 Huia Birds, Julian Stokoe said: “The huia might have vanished but projects such as this can still help to keep their story alive for the next generation. Even now we are repeating the same actions that led to the extinction of the huia such as with Māui dolphin and New Zealand’s kauri forests.”
With a mix of storytelling and educational activities, 12 Huia Birds the app will be sure to provide an experience for kids that is not only insightful but stimulating and fun.
App Availability and Pricing
12 Huia Birds is available FREE:
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YouTube Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC26AweOVeA
Yoozoo is an Aucklandbased kids’ app creators that creates fun story books and games for kids of all ages. 12 Huia Birds was made with the assistance of NZOnAir’s Digital Media Fund.
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Director, Yoozoo Ltd
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