//047 Lizzie Dunn, creator of library app for Indigenous stories

November 4, 2020

Lizzie Dunn (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Arawa) is on a mission to help people learn Indigenous languages through technology. The founder of Lingogo is doing so through her passion for storytelling, creating dual-language e-books. 

Having a background in publishing and, working with NZ Film Commission, Lizzie used her experience to create the digital start-up in a new industry. The business hustle isnt always easy, but when you are driven by kaupapa, it is always worth it. 

In this episode we talk about the power of language, the pursuit of success and, how the lived experience of Lizzie’s grandparents, particularly her grandfather facing racism, her grandmother, escaping Hitler, have shaped her and the change she wants to make in this world. 

“It’s so clear – the power of stripping someone’s language and culture away from them and it’s so clear that it’s a tool of oppression and it’s an act of war. I’m two generations away and they died and I don’t know anything about it – That’s what they were going for aye?”

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