KiwiKai – go to the app

Co-designed with student and teachers

New Zealand tauira (students) and their kaiako (teachers) worked with us for a year to helped shape Kiwi Kai’s design – so other players will enjoy exploring and experimenting with our virtual farm.

Kiwi Kai aims to empower the player by making decisions to problem-solve real world scenarios, while learning about biodiversity and production in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This educational tool also encourages systems thinking about cause and effect in our environment whilst engaging an emotional response that encourages caring for nature. 

An integrated, evidence-based design

Kiwi Kai was designed to encourage young New Zealanders to explore the concept of He aha he kai hauora? or What is a healthy food?

The essence of Te Ao Māori is woven through Kiwi Kai’s design, which includes 240 farm scenarios and 140 chores reflecting the real-world social, economic and environmental context of farming, drawing on expertise in agriculture, ecology, mātauranga Māori, and education.

Nature-based quests lie at the heart of Kiwi Kai, helping the player appreciate what it means to practise kaitiakitanga (guardianship), pursuing gold, silver, or bronze as a ‘Pātiki Protector’, ‘Awa Ally’, ‘Repo Restorer’, ‘Ngahere Nurturer’ or ‘Pest Controller’. Evidence-based biodiversity assessments previously developed for NZ farms with NZ stakeholders and scientists provided the basis for the quest designs.

A kiwi guide invites the player to discover what taiao (nature) lives in each farm habitat and encourages them to restore what’s missing, enhancing the habitat’s mauri (lifeforce), with good choices revealing hidden taonga (treasures) and rewards.

The game design process got a fast start Geo AR Games’ experience in novella style games. The tool features five unique reward rooms to visualise changes on the farm, using 500 graphics including bespoke artwork of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity and environment.

The Science Learning Hub provides wrap-around articles (with supporting videos and interactives) that make it easy for teachers to use Kiwi Kai as a springboard for science and Te Ao Māori learnings aligned with Levels 3-4 of the NZ Curriculum.

Go to the KiwiKai app. App is optimised for use on a Chromebook or a Chrome browser

KiwiKai app is optimised for use on a Chromebook or Chrome browser.

Project partners

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
GEO AR Games
New Zealand Council for Educational Research
The AgriBusiness Group
Deer Industry New Zealand
Science Learning Hub | Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao
New Zealand Association for Environmental Education
Carisbrook School
North East Valley Normal School


Unlocking Curious Minds
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research