Meet Aria, the first New Zealand English accented voice for Amazon Polly – includes limited te reo Māori support

We are thrilled to reveal Aria, Amazon Pollys very first New Zealand English Neural text-to-speech (NTTS) voice. Comparable to other Amazon Polly voices, Aria is established as a voice that sounds brilliant, natural, and upbeat.
This new voice for Aotearoa (New Zealand in Māori) is distinctively Kiwi. It consists of a variety of typical te reo Māori expressions such as Kia ora (a Māori welcoming), Ngā mihi (Yours seriously), and Mā te wā (See you later on). We included these expressions to show the growing use of te reo in the New Zealand English language. This also allows Polly customers to develop a more familiar, appealing and regional experience for their New Zealand consumers.
Lets hear Aria introduce herself:

And now lets listen to some typical use cases:

Amazon Polly works carefully with Amazon Connect (a simple to utilize omnichannel cloud contact center that helps you provide exceptional customer support at a lower expense) on developing languages and language ranges which allow clients to design a top quality and engaging call experience. When constructing any new TTS voice, Polly collaborates closely with a set of innovative clients to define the requirements.
Lets listen to Aria showing some Māori phrases with English:

And now lets listen to a common use-case with a Māori welcoming:

This brand-new voice for Aotearoa (New Zealand in Māori) is distinctively Kiwi. This also enables Polly clients to develop a more familiar, regional and interesting experience for their New Zealand clients.
Maciek Tegi is a Principal Audio Designer and a Product Manager for Polly Brand Voices. Maciek was involved in launching 12 Alexa TTS voices across different nations, over 20 Polly voices, and 4 Alexa celeb voices.

You can use Aria by means of the Amazon Polly console, the AWS Command Line Interface ( AWS CLI), or AWS SDK. Her voice is readily available throughout all AWS Regions supporting NTTS. To learn more, see What Is Amazon Polly? For the full list of readily available voices, see Amazon Polly Voices, or log in to the Amazon Polly console to try it out for yourself! To get more control over the speech output, attempt SSML tags and tailor the voice to your needs. About the Author
Maciek Tegi is a Principal Audio Designer and a Product Manager for Polly Brand Voices. Maciek was involved in launching 12 Alexa TTS voices throughout different countries, over 20 Polly voices, and 4 Alexa celebrity voices.

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