Kōkako featured on Native Affairs, Māori Television

September 19, 2016

The Māori language software Kōkako features on Native Affairs and is in the running for a New Zealand design award.

Watch the segment on the Māori television website
Watch the segment on the Māori television website

Māori Television’s Native Affairs programme has highlighted Kōkako, Dragonfly’s technology for monitoring the proportion of Māori language broadcast on iwi radio stations. Wena Harawira from the Native Affairs team visited the Dragonfly office to talk to Edward about the technology that classifies the radio broadcast by whether they are talking in Te Reo Māori or English, or playing music. Kōkako was commissioned by Te Māngai Pāho (New Zealand’s Māori broadcasting agency) to replace a labour intensive, manual monitoring system. Edward also talks about the Dragonfly team’s commitment to learning Te Reo Māori.

The Kōkako website combines innovative use of machine learning with an attractive user interface, developed by Wellington digital brand agency Salted Herring. This design has received some attention, with Kōkako selected as a finalist in the Interactive Applications section of the Designers Institute of New Zealand NZ Best Design Awards.

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