Tipple project

Tipple is a mobile location-aware app software that can present users with audio or text content in situ. Tipple’s original focus was on presenting book content in the places in which the books narration was situated. It has now been developed for two application areas:

  • presenting location-based information
  • as event app in which time and place of sessions are presented with reference to locations

Tipple is currently being developed as a software suite to allow non-technical users to create their own mobile location-based apps.

Tipple in mobile location-based apps

The Tipple software suite has been adapted to provide apps for selected research and community projects:

Hamilton Gardens:
The Hamilton Gardens app was developed in collaboration with the Hamilton Gardens and offers information about the themed gardens based on the location of the user. Users can continue walking through the gardens while the app reads the text aloud.

For detailed information, visit the Hamilton Gardens project page.

Manawanui Land Diversification:
This app was developed in collaboration with the Manawanui Development Ltd Partnership and To Kahi Research Institute. This app has been designed as a digital footprint to template the current and emerging land diversification initiatives within Manawanui Development Limited Partnership, Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura and is inclusive of land and surrounding waters.

For detailed information, visit the Manawanui project page.

Addington Heritage app:
Take a tour through Addington, New Zealand. In collaboration with Christchurch’s Heritage Team and the Addington Neighbourhood Association, we developed a location-based mobile app for Christchurch’s suburb Addington that presents heritage information to both citizens and tourists.

For detailed information, visit the Addington Heritage project page

Cambridge Museum:
The Cambridge museum app for historical tours provides tourists and locals with information about historical places and Museum exhibits. The app offers information and pictures of stories, local historical places, and self-guided walks.

For detailed information, visit the Cambridge Museum project page.


1000 Hot Springs:
Geothermal ecosystems are globally rare and are an iconic feature of the New Zealand landscape. Yet, little is known about the unique populations of microorganisms which inhabit these environments or the ecological conditions that support them. The 1000 Springs project created a catalogue of the microbial biodiversity and geochemical information for 1,000 geothermal hotsprings in New Zealand’s central North Island. Our 1000 Springs mobile app provided the public with location-based information, bio-diversity and biochemical information relating to the hot springs.

Tipple in event apps

The Tipple software suite is used in a number of event-style apps where time and place of sessions are presented with reference to locations:

Orientation Week:
The Orientation Week app for the University of Waikato is in its third version in 2019. It provides students and staff with information about events and sessions that happen during the February Orientation week. As of 2018, events at both Tauranga and Hamilton Campuses are covered.

For detailed information, visit the Orientation Week project page.


Waikato Open Day:
The Open Day app for the University of Waikato is in its third version in 2019. It provides visitors from local schools with information about events and sessions that happen during the May University Open Day.


Experience Waikato 2017:
This app was developed for a special event in 2017 for prospective students who have submitted an application for 2018. It provided students who enrolled to start in 2018 with information about sessions during the Experience Waikato 2-day event. The app provided an event schedule, a personal timetable, links to social media, a campus map, and other helpful information for prospective students.


Kīngitanga Day App:
Since its inception in 2009, Kīngitanga Day is a unique opportunity to experience the cultural richness of the University. A day that is designed with the express purpose of bringing together University staff and students, and engaging the community in a welcoming, inclusive and inspiring experience. Central activities focus on the relationships with the Kīngitanga and with Māori communities in reflecting the diversity of the University of Waikato and its various expressions of excellence across all areas.

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