April 12, 2021
Games open doors for south Taranaki rangatahi
South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui hopes the new e-sports arena at its Hāwera HQ will open up young minds to careers in technology or design.
The arena this week with 12 computers hooked up to high speed internet where rangatahi can compete with players around the world as well as engage with the rūnanga’s 2NUiCODE programme, which is designed to create opportunities in the digital and gaming sector.
Kaiwhakahaere Rachel Rae says in the past the rūnanga has taken rangatahi to wānanga at California’s Stanford University and other Silicon Valley sites to open their eyes to the possibilities.
She says games open the door to the world.
"Each game is different so they have to learn and navigate around how best to get to the next level and it's also design thinking because you've got to think how to get to the next level and do it quicker than the next and I suppose win the game," Ms Rae says.
This week the E-Sports Arena at is hosting an expo for groups from schools and kura to try out the new facility with tutors Vincent Nuku, Marea Rudolph and Nicola Coogan.
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