In response to a 2016 drinking water contamination, parliament passed the Water Services Entities Act in 2022 to set out the creation of new water services bodies to oversee water services. A core part of the Act is the perspective of the indigenous Māori population. For Māori, water is intertwined with spirituality, tradition, and well-being. Central to this perspective is the concept of Te Mana o te Wai, translating roughly to The Authority of the Water.
The Department of Internal Affairs engaged us at Sysdoc to look for a ‘golden standard’ solution to educate and inform the existing workforce on the importance of Te Mana o te Wai in their everyday roles and demonstrate the value of the indigenous perspective.
We met the challenges by developing a highly interactive eLearning that was tailored to our client’s needs. We focused on relevance to the audience and embedding the storytelling nature of indigenous culture.
The eLearning took the learner on the journey of water as it travels from the sky, down the mountainside, to the sea with high quality visuals from the graphic design team and a native Māori speaker was hired to read the voiceover and provide pronunciation for key words.
By embodying all these elements, we were able to successfully capture the indigenous voice in its complexity and create something that genuinely speaks to Māori communities and Te Mana o Te Wai.
Te Mana o te Wai
Department of Internal Affairs
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Submitted provided positive feedback with no suggestions for changes
comments focused on the clarity and conciseness of the module
on the nature of the course "very engaging and informative'
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