Vodafone initiative enhances te reo Māori pronounciation on Google Maps via FCB NZ

AngelaFrom (1).jpgVodafone has launched an online platform, developed with Google Maps, to give New Zealanders an opportunity to identify te reo Māori place names that are being mispronounced on Google Maps via FCB New Zealand.
 
"Say it Tika" (Say it right, #sayittika), has launched for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (11-17 September), giving Kiwis an important role to enhance the local pronunciation of global platform Google Maps.
 
Kiwis can go to www.sayittika.co.nz and pin the incorrectly pronounced te reo Māori place names they have encountered while using Google Maps.

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Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 7.31.20 am.jpgTo launch the website and spread the word about the initiative, Vodafone has released a tongue in cheek video featuring long time te reo Māori advocate Temuera Morrison calling for New Zealanders to help Google "Say it Tika" when pronouncing te reo Māori place names.
 
Says Matt Williams, consumer director, Matt Williams: "We connect millions of New Zealanders to Google Maps every year and supporting Google to improve pronunciation in Aotearoa is an important way we can play a part in preserving the taonga (treasure) that te reo Māori is. It's up to all of us now to put the mahi (work) in."
 
By getting involved and pinning mispronounced Māori place names, Kiwis will create a priority list for Vodafone, developed with Google, to update first.
 
These will be worked through in consultation with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission), with te reo tika (correct) place names set to be heard on millions of phones from late this year.
 
Says Ngahiwi Apanui, chief executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission): "Our vision is to have te reo Māori resonate throughout the entire country. We want to see and hear te reo Māori everywhere - on the streets, in shops, in schools, on radio, on TV and online.
 
"We are proud to partner with Vodafone and Google Maps to further progress towards this aim in the Say it Tika campaign."
 
Regional Executive Creative Director: James Mok
Executive Creative Director: Tony Clewett
Digital Creative Director: Matt Barnes
Creative: Lennie Galloway
Creative: Thomas Gledhill
Creative Services Director: Jenni Doubleday
Head of Craft: Nick Smith
Head of Content: Pip Mayne
Managing Director: Fleur Head
Group Account Director: Jo Taylor
Senior Account Director: Emma Richardson
Senior Account Manager: Ra Kahukiwa
Planner: Murray Streets
Head of PR & Activation: Angela Spain
PR Senior Account Director: Joanna James
PR Account Executive: Katie Smith
Executive Digital Producer:  James McMullan
Digital Designer: Andrew Jackson
Developers: Andrew Jackson | Andrew Johnson
 
Client: Vodafone
Client Name: Matt Williams, Louise Kuegler, Liz Wilson, Natasha Hirtzel, Ryan Pellet, Mark Milicich, Alessandra Nixon, Kiri Coughlan
 
Production Company: Untold
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Sound Studio: Sale Street Suite
Sound Engineer: Nigel Foster
 
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Senior Digital Planner: Lisa Clapperton
Programmatic Supervisor: Mihisara Dayaratne

7 Comments

Actually being done said:

Why is Vodafone trying to own something Google is already doing? Lazy. As a brand they need new ideas.
https://qz.com/338341/google-wants-to-teach-you-how-to-say-place-names-like-a-local/

@Actually being done said:

Google owns patents for everything a creative could possibly think of

Social said:

Going nuts on Facebook

@ social said:

so what? Photos of cats stuck in boxes go nuts on facebook. doesn't mean they're original or good.

Ka pai said:

I don't give a shit about originality when it comes to something like this.
I reckon it's a great thing to do here. Tackling the pronunciation of Māori place names by pointing the finger at silly old Google, rather than lazy Kiwis is a nice way to get people on board, instead of getting their backs up.

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