Famous faces join easier-to-use Emotiki app

Be prepared to see familiar faces on the world’s first Māori emoji app, Emotiki, this month as All Blacks rugby star Liam Messam, comedian Dai Henwood and 2014 New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan all become immortalised as Emotiki.


The three are among 30 famous New Zealand faces that have been released as part of the second phase of Emotiki, which initially launched December last year.


Downloaded 40,000 times around the world since, the app is now even easier to use with a wider range of images to send, including moving GIFs. A keyboard extension pack has also been included in the latest rollout, enabling easy inclusion in texts and messages.


Led and owned by visitor attraction Te Puia in Rotorua, the Emotiki app gives users the ability to share images and concepts with Kiwis and other cultures around the world.


Te Puia general manager sales and marketing Kiri Atkinson-Crean says the app will continue to evolve as technology changes.


Ms Atkinson-Crean says the significant number of people who have downloaded the first phase of the app shows people love the concept and want to send Emotiki, and she expects that number to grow with the launch of the new, easier-to-use second phase.


“We loved hearing from people saying how much they enjoyed using Emotiki, and we’ve also listened to feedback from some about how we could make it easier to use. We’ve taken that into account when developing the second phase.”


The app was one of the first in New Zealand to utilise sticker pack technology, but has now also introduced the keyboard extension.


Popular Emotiki icons such as tiki pūkana (Māori facial expressions), taiaha (Māori weapon), poi (dance or game), hāngi (earth oven), and kai moana (seafood), will remain on the app.


To download the free app, visit the AppStore or Play Store, and then get sharing. To find out more information on the app and how it works, visit www.emotiki.com.


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, 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 www.emotiki.com


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.