The Technology

Built with Google Translate and Cloud Vision technology, Kupu uses advanced Machine Learning to understand the objects in your photos and translate them into te reo Māori, in real time.

It serves up the most likely translation based on what it considers to be the primary object in the image. If multiple objects are detected you can scroll through and select the corresponding translations.

The Te Aka Māori Dictionary has provided translation data to Google to ensure the translations are as accurate as possible. You can press the sound icon to hear the word spoken, then give it a go yourself.

As Kupu relies on the latest Machine Learning technology it may not get it right every time, but we're working hard to improve it. You can help us by using the Translation Feedback feature to log any translations that don't seem right.