Kōrero mai ki ahau conversation cards

ACE Aotearoa

A special printed resource that captures people's imagination and gets them talking.


  • Illustration
  • Information design
ACE Aotearoa pack of conversation cards

The cards are a prompt to try out questions with anyone you would like to start a conversation with. They cover five different categories: family/whānau, place/turangawaewae, school/kura, work/mahi, and hobbies/nga whakangahau.

We visually distinguished each category using a unique bright colour and illustrations. We used a hand-drawn illustration style to create a human feel, since these cards are about interaction between two parties.

ACE Aotearoa pack of conversation cards
Hand holding Tell me about your family/whanau card from ACE Aotearoa conversation cards pack

This special printed resource was unveiled at the Hui Fono event and will be given away at other Year of Lifelong Learning events throughout the year. The cards have already received great feedback on social media and people are eager to order their own packs to get the conversation started! The cards help people engage on a deeper level so they can learn from one another and build community.

Feedback from ACE Aotearoa:

‘The team at GUSTO were able to help us shape Kōrero Mai ki Ahau – an idea that came out of a concern that people need to “rediscover the art of conversation” and develop highly sought after soft skills. We were also thinking about the need to connect with elderly people on a deeper level and create a space where they might be encouraged to talk about early life experiences. We will be promoting the resource at the upcoming Gerontology Conference in April. The project was delivered with a small budget and in a very tight timeframe.’

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