POI360 is a multi-layered interactive documentary experience funded by NZ On Air. It is the digital home for indigenous stories of the Poi. Through an interactive documentary, 3D map of New Zealand, 360° performance and much more, POI360 brings a collection of stories and perspectives that have never been told in the digital realm.
The website is based on a number of different features identified in a research phase. We defined target groups, their needs, wants and mapped out user stories that connect with the overall vision of the project. A 20-minute documentary can be watched straight through, or the viewer can select points along the video that bring up new overlaid information. The extra information provides additional context to the story, sometimes facts or details, sometimes extended interviews or videos.
For the first time ever there is also a 360 recording of a poi performance. This unique perspective puts the viewer in control of the video – moving around the beach to see the performance from different angles and get a real sense of the flow of the poi.
An interactive 3D map of New Zealand shows the stories of different regions or iwi – from the passive resistance stories of the Taranaki region to the historical taonga housed at Te Papa Tongarewa.
The site is user-centered, innovative and will bring value to young and old, anyone who is interested in this most recognisable icon of Aotearoa – the Poi.