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Te Ahi Orokohanga 2024

An innovative collaboration is set to unleash tamariki Māori digital creativity and potential in Rotorua. On April 9th, 2024, ten Kura from Ngā Kura ā Iwi will come together to partake in an esports experience through a collaborative Minecraft speed build at Digital Natives Academy, streamed live on Twitch.

Gaming and esports have fundamentally changed how tamariki and rangatahi engage with the world. It influences the language they use and how they express themselves, involving friendly and competitive online gaming solo, duo, and in teams across multiple types of games and platforms.

The event, Te Ahi Orokohanga, is a collaborative effort with Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa, award-winning production company Local Gecko Productions, Digital Natives Academy, and Te Papatipu Matihiko Charitable Trust all coming together to provide expertise and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

An essential aspect of this event is helping young people navigate online spaces effectively and safely. This event encourages this by working with both students and teachers to explore these issues while showcasing and celebrating Te Reo in a way that is authentic, using the medium of esports to inspire tamariki and rangatahi to consider the multiple pathways that digital and creative tech offers. To share in the experience with the wider community, the event will be livestreamed on Twitch.
 
 
 
 
“It is fundamental that our students are given opportunities to explore these spaces in a way that allows them to express themselves authentically as uri of their Iwi. We’re so excited to be able to bring this experience to our students,” says Hannah Simmonds, Kaihautū Pūrau for Ngā Kura ā Iwi.
 
Creating experiences like Te Ahi Orokohanga is essential in helping tamariki understand how they might staircase into the larger digital and creative tech industries. Local Gecko Productions exemplifies a rangatahi-led, whānau-owned digital production company that has become a trusted brand across Aotearoa New Zealand. They have understood how to harness the digital world and create real-life career opportunities for themselves and others.
 
“What we want to show our tamariki and rangatahi is that there are opportunities right now that will allow them to work in these emerging industries, but because this space is so new, it’s about making those opportunities happen, being brave and trusting in their capacity to make amazing things happen,” says Moana Miller, Operations Manager at Local Gecko Productions.
 
Ensuring there are culturally safe spaces to explore the digital world is equally important, serving as a reminder that you don’t have to give up your culture to participate.
 
“Young people have immersed themselves in this digital realm, and unless we make Te Reo Māori easily accessible in the spaces where our children live, work, and play, we lose this incredible opportunity to further embed te reo Māori me Mātaruanga Māori within their lives,” says Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule, CE at Digital Natives Academy.
 

To watch live, join us on www.twitch.com/getintogamesnz from 10 am-3 pm on April 9th, 2024.

For more information on Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa and our partners, please visit our websites:

Join us in celebrating the innovative fusion of Māori culture and digital technology at Te Ahi Orokohanga.

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Te Ahi Orokohanga

HE URI WHAI MANA MOTUHAKE HEI PAINGA MŌ RĀTOU KŌ TŌNA WHĀNAU, ME TŌNA IWI

Ngā Kura a Iwi Series

Gaming & esports has fundamentally changed the way in which tamariki and rangatahi engage and view the world,
it shapes the language they use, and how they express themselves.

Gaming and esports is the fastest growing industry in the world, it involves friendly and competitive online gaming playing solo, duo and in teams across multiple types of games and platforms. Rangatahi have immersed themselves in this digital realm and unless we make re reo Māori easily accessible in the spaces where our children live, work and play, we lose this incredible opportunity to further embed te reo Māori me Mātaruanga Māori within their lives.

Alongside this is the need to help rangatahi navigate online spaces effectively and safely. This funding will allow us to do this while showcasing and celebrating Te Reo in a way that is authentic, while being shared via a medium that inspires rangatahi to consider the multiple pathways that digital and creative tech offer, through the lens of an esports competition. 

2024 Event

Rotorua | April 9

In partnership with Ngā Kura a Iwi, Digital Natives Academy, Te Papatipu Matihiko and Local Gecko Productions, this event provides an opportunity for uri to compete in a collaborative Minecraft group build esports experience.

To be held 9 April 2024 at the Rotorua Events Centre.

Kura are invited to register a maximum of 2 teams with 4 uri per team from Years 5-8.

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