POI360 is an interactive digital home for the poi. For the first time ever, comes an interactive documentary about one of the most recognisable icons of Aotearoa – the Poi. Launching online to the world, POI360 is the very first digital home for Indigenous stories of the Poi. “We’ve seen the haka. Now it’s time for the poi,” says producer Lanita RirinuiRyan. A timeless instrument, the poi has an artistic beat that enamors the world. For many, the Poi is simply a ball on the end of a string. For Aotearoa, it is the heartbeat of a nation. “It’s suprising how little people know about our poi in Aotearoa, yet it is one of the most magical instruments seen across the world,” says Ririnui-Ryan. POI360 is a multi-experience.

Featuring classic and contemporary stories, profiles and instructional clips, this site also links to hotspots around NZ where you can see poi in real life. “As Māori storytellers, we’ve always been multi-layered through our customs, poetic language and performance,” adds Ririnui-Ryan. “It seems that technology has finally caught up to enable us to share our stories in multiple ways online as well.”

Through this unique virtual reality experience you can meet the people of Aotearoa (NZ) and hear their stories of poi.

Producers: Lanita Ririnui-Ryan + Amomai Pihama

Aotearoa New Zealand | 2016 | 5 min | VR 360

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