Share your travel moments using the world’s first Māori emoji app

Keep in touch with loved ones back home in a distinctly Kiwi way by using the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki.

Keep in touch with loved ones back home in a distinctly Kiwi way by using the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for you to share your kiwiana moments.

The free downloadable app for iPhone and Android is usable and intuitive, allowing you 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.

Emotiki icons include tiki pūkana (Māori facial expressions), taiaha (Māori weapon), poi (dance or game), hāngi (earth oven), kai moana (seafood), and New Zealand bird life – including the native kiwi.

How it works:
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.

A similar sticker-like system is currently being developed for use on Android devices and will be included in the app once it’s ready to go.

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

To find out more information on the app and how it works, visit

About the app:
The Emotiki app is lead and owned by Te Puia in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. Home to the world famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations, you will also find the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving.

Travel tips:
Rotorua is centrally located at the heart of the North Island. The city is a three-hour drive from Auckland or a 45 minute flight.

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