The new River Rush – Tooku Awa Koiora app is a digital game developed by the Waikato Raupatu River Trust to educate children about various environmental issues affecting our waterways and the cultural significance of the Waikato River to the people of Waikato-Tainui.
Exploring key themes including water quality, pollution, customary activities and native flora and fauna, River Rush is aimed at children aged 8 – 12 years and follows the journey of characters Tama, Poppy and Nanny Wai as they travel along the river completing a series of quests.
Players make their way through a range of scenes where they must complete challenges and perform quests before they can progress.
Stages include a waka race, sorting tuna (eel) sizes for collection, finding native plants hidden at a marae and navigating various native fish species like koura (freshwater crayfish) through obstacles.
Quests are underpinned by environmental and social issues and highlight ongoing conservation issues including the need to eliminate rubbish and pollution, the threat of pest species such as koi carp, and the preservation of native fish stocks.
River Rush is free to download from iTunes and the Google Play Store. The app is compatible on all mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android supported devices.
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