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Matakōkiri gets innovative with a technology wānanga


The Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust's most recent wānanga - Toitū te Hangarau – Technology and Innovation - included collaborating with a number of organisations to deliver workshops.

The workshops included:

  • OMG Tech (an Auckland-based charitable trust which provides technology workshops for children in the South Auckland region ) collaborated with Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust and led hands-on activities that included coding, 3D printing, robotics and biology experiments.
  • A local organisation Digital Natives Academy (DNA) led activities which used the stories about Ihenga as the context to practice more coding, creating maps using Google Tour Builder and making robots that represented ancestors and were manipulated through a course, and crafting Ihenga ‘worlds’ using the Minecraft programme.
  • Future in Tech provided three ambassadors (local engineers) who delivered an overview of their work then set the students a challenge to build their own bridges. The bridges were judged by the engineers for design and strength and feedback was given to each team of builders on their strengths and weaknesses of their bridge.

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