This week is NAIDOC Week, and Play School is celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in a collaboration with Baker Boy. We also explore the upcoming launch of an Indigenous emoji keyboard, Crust Pizza's timely State of Origin campaign and an Insta-worthy lake with a toxic secret.
1. PLAY SCHOOL HITS THE RIGHT NOTE
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, Play School invited Indigenous talent Baker Boy in as a special guest. Adding his signature flair to the classic nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock', Baker Boy's performance was aired on Play School's special Acknowledgement of Country episode. The episode was also the debut of new cast member and Indigenous doll, Kiya.
Australia's first collection of Indigenous emojis are set to launch later this year. Created by Ingeous Studios, Indigenous designers from Arrernte country in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the 'indigemojis' include a boomerang, a love heart and crown in the colours of the Aboriginal flag. Sponsored by the Northern Territory Government, the emojis will help share Arrernte language and culture.
3. TOXIC INSTA-LAKE
A Siberian lake famed for its bright, Maldives-blue waters has attracted swarms of tourists looking to score the perfect shot for the 'Gram. However authorities have announced the lake's incredible colour comes from waste dumped by a nearby coal plant - creating a toxic environment. Despite efforts to discourage swimming, tourists continue to flock to the hotspot.
4. COMFORT FOOD FOR MAROONS
After Queensland's State of Origin loss, Crust Pizza is offering a little comfort to Maroons fans. Crust's 'Slice of Sympathy' campaign delivers a free pizza to Queensland residents via its app. While not as rewarding as taking home the State of Origin trophy, we think defeat has never tasted so delicious.
5. OPAL FACE TECH
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has proposed a radical plan for commuters to pay for transport with their faces instead of tapping on or off with an Opal Card. Facial recognition technology would be linked to customers' Opal accounts, reducing the need for gate barriers.