HONO, the first digital storytelling and mobile-phone workshop with rangatahi | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 2, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN: 2045-6271
  • E-ISSN: 2045-628X



The project is called HONO (a kupu Māori/Maori word that can be translated to mean ‘to connect’), and it invites rangatahi to connect more meaningfully and relevantly with their communities using digital tools. On 14 September 2012, a team of rangatahi Māori got together to shoot two short documentaries using mobile phones. HONO, the first digital storytelling and mobile phone workshop with rangatahi was set over three days. It included full immersion on Hoani Waititi Marae for two days, and some working sessions with great (and ‘fast learner’) teenagers, which led to the production of a series of short mobile video stories produced with smartphones (Nokia X3 and iPhone 4S), which were edited into two final mobile-mentaries (Schleser 2011). HONO consisted of three parts: ‘Immersion and initiation’, ‘Filming and creation’ and ‘Editing and production’.


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