From Rio to Rotorua: Toitoi Creates Connections Across Cultures

Classroom resources

Posted: 12 November 2020
Notice reference #: 1HAEDA

Toitoi and Latin America CAPE have partnered to create a multilingual app in English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese that showcases stories, poems and art by young New Zealanders about the vibrant cultures of Latin America. The app can be downloaded for free and is available on all platforms.

Readers can listen to the stories and poems in translation, tap to hear individual words and spellings and even record their own narration.

The writing and artwork is accompanied by teacher support materials with ideas for exploring the languages and cultures of Latin America.

Download the free app and digital resources at

This is the companion app for the Toitoi: Latin America Special Issue. The journal, app and additional digital resources were commissioned by the Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE), in partnership with Toitoi Media, the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington and Kiwa Digital.

These organisations are committed to fostering greater accessibility to Latin American content and passion for Spanish and Portuguese language. Journals were delivered to all schools and libraries in New Zealand earlier this year.

The editor of Toitoi and of the special journals, Charlotte Gibbs, says young Kiwis and teachers now have access to a fantastic free resource that promotes conversations across cultures:

“Writers and artists who submitted work to the journals explored their cultural connections in an awesome range of ways,” says Charlotte.

Director of the Latin America CAPE, Matthew O’Meagher, agrees:

“Our borders might be currently closed, but global connections are more important than ever. This journal and app are part of our education offerings which aim to help parents, teachers and students gain global competence with a focus on Latin America. They advance our goal of inspiring New Zealanders to gain understanding of the countries of that region.”


Further information

Contact: Charlotte Gibbs

 (021) 765 203