ReoAko has been developed in collaboration between Te Māngai Pāho and Octave, with support from Te Muramāra Foundation and Te Papa.
The concept behind ReoAko was first developed by Te Papa in 2017 for the Te Pahi medal display, before later being incorporated into the Te Taiao | Nature digital labels and Te Papa's website.
In 2020, Te Māngai Pāho and Octave developed ReoAko with the goal of making it easier for a wide range of organisations to incorporate te reo Māori in their websites. The development of ReoAko included a comprehensive support guide for content managers, plugins for a range of content-management systems, recordings, translations and user guides.
Commercially, the goal of ReoAko is to be self-sustaining, where the revenue generated covers the cost of developing, supporting and enhancing the tool. This will fund further enhancements of ReoAko so it can be used widely across the motu.
10% of the gross revenue from ReoAko Licence Fees is given to Te Muramāra Foundation to support the ongoing development of their amazing te reo toolset. The ReoAko team have the goal of extending ReoAko so it can be used as a free plugin by schools and non for profits.
We are grateful for the support of Te Papa and Te Muramāra Foundation, the guardians of Te Aka, Māori Language dictionary. Te Papa have allowed us to use the concept and make it available to other organisations and Te Muramāra Foundation have allowed us to use the translations and audio files from Te Aka.