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Ko Maui Hangarau! 2018-10-03T03:25:51+00:00

Ko Maui Hangarau!

This event was designed to capture the hearts and minds of rangatahi (16 – 24 years) who have an interest in digital innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Rangatahi will hear the journey, experience and challenges of some of the best Maori Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs in the world.

When: Wed 29 Aug, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Venue: Baycourt Community & Art Centre, X Space
Cost: From $7.50

What is Ko Maui Hangarau?

Ko Maui Hangarau! is a one-day event featuring some of the best Māori Technologists, Innovators and Entrepreneurs in the world. The day aims to awaken, inspire and ignite our rangatahi (16 – 24 years), and will help connect them with the innovation ingrained in their DNA.

Rangatahi will hear the journey, experience and challenges of some of our most successful Māori innovators. However the overall inspiration for this event can be attributed to one of the greatest innovators of all time:

Maui, the miracle last born son of Taranga, is the most famous of all Polynesian Demigods. Supposedly still-born Maui survived and flourished, and possessed magical powers. Strong in will, creativity, forward-thinking, Maui was a trailblazer whose deeds included superhuman feats. From these grew the legend, and he gained many epithets, one of them being ‘Maui Hangarau’ – Maui the creative one. Today, hangarau is the term we use for new technologies and creative thinking, and we owe this to our wily, cheeky, and clever ancestor – Ko Maui Hangarau!

What is the agenda for the day?

MC: Matai Smith (Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa)
Master of Ceremonies – Mātai Smith began his screen career reporting on Marae. He was a long-running host of pioneering Te Reo children’s show Pūkana and later co-hosted breakfast TV staple Good Morning (where he introduced Te Reo, and was hypnotised). Smith fronted popular Māori TV talent quest Homai Te Pakipaki, winning Best Presenter at the 2012 NZ TV Awards. He was the Native Affairs’ Australian correspondent until moving home to Gisborne this year to take up the Station Manager position at Turanga FM.

8:30am: Doors open & registration

9am: Karakia timata & opening

Session 1: 9:30am – 11:30am

11:30am to 12:30pm: Lunch break in the X Space “chill out zone” – Rangatahi ONLY access!

Session 2: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

2:30pm: Karakia whakamutunga

SPEAKER LINEUP

Maru Nihoniho, Managing Director & Founder of Metia Interactive

(Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu)

Maru is the managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive, a game development studio founded in 2003.

Maru has designed and developed award winning games and received awards from United Nations World Summit Awards and the UNESCO Netexplo Award.

Maru has just completed a game called Tākaro to teach Rangatahi to strengthen spatial awareness skills and strategies and learn coding concepts that will build confidence in STEM.  Tākaro will greatly challenge one’s spatial skill, especially the ability to visualise in a three-dimensional space using coding concepts to navigate.

In October 2016 Maru was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in gaming and mental health and awarded the Innovator of the Year in 2017 MCV Pacific Women in Games Awards from Microsoft Xbox.

In February 2018 Maru completed a Master’s Degree in Technological Futures.

In May 2018 Maru received the Māori Entrepreneurial Leader Award presented by Māori Business Leaders Awards, Māori Economic Development and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

www.metia.co.nz

Vincent Egan, Director of Maui Studios

Vincent is 26 and was born and raised in Taranaki, Aotearoa and is of Ngāruahine, Ngati Ruanui and Ngati Tu descent.

He attended Aquinas College in Tauranga and refined his hautututanga by being a mischief to each of his teachers there.

With NCEA level 3 and University entrance Vincent ventured southward to Dunedin to study communication design at New Zealand’s leading design tertiary institute, Otago Polytechnic.

Juggling 3 jobs as a film equipment hireage manager, a design internship and freelance illustrator on top of study Vincent, now severely mal-nourished, somehow managed to smash out his degree, with an accolade of the highest marks across every design discipline the school had to over.

Now with a degree, Vincent was out in the big hearty world of being an adult. With an internship that didn’t pay very well Vincent had no choice but to step up his freelance game to be able to pay the rent. Freelancing evolved into a company called Exist Design which then ascended to the level of Māui Studios Aotearoa Ltd.

www.mauistudios.co.nz

Kendall Flutey – Co-founder & CEO of Banqer

Kendall Flutey, Co-Founder & CEO of Banqer

(Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu)

Kendall Flutey is the co-founder and CEO Banqer, the financial education platform used by more than 63,000 Australasian primary school students.

Following four years at the University of Otago where she obtained her BCom and two postgraduate courses including her Masters, in 2012 Kendall worked in private enterprise at KPMG. With the desire to enter the tech world, Kendall decided to retrain, and subsequently began working in Wellington as a software developer.

Not long into her new role the idea for Banqer came along which sits firmly at the crossroads of these two industries. Since launch in early 2015 Banqer has progressed from an idea to multinational edTech supporting tens of thousands of students towards financial independence.

www.banqer.co

Kristin Ross ENTREPRENUER, INNOVATOR, PRODUCER

Kristin Ross, Founder of Pipi Mai

(Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Tara / Te Arawa, Tūhoe)

Winners of the Innovation section at the Westpac Rotorua Business Awards and the People’s Choice Award at the New Zealand Innovation Awards, Kristin Ross and Hōhepa Tuahine share with us their journey in developing Pipi Mā, the Māori speaking dolls, which was recently launched as a cartoon series on Māori Television.

Kristin and Hōhepa are a young couple who in a very short amount of time have made a huge impact in the language revitalisation world, and they will share with us some of their journey.

Hōhepa & Kristin will take our rangatahi on a journey into the world of te reo Māori innovation.  They will share their story of Pipi Mā from the inception, to development and the business in the present day.

www.pipima.co.nz

www.facebook.com/komauihangarau/

Miriana Lowrie – Founder & CEO of 1Centre

Miriana Lowrie, Founder & CEO of 1Centre

(Ngā Rauru, Te Atiawa)

Highly motivated and driven, Miriana founded 1Centre as a result of supporting other businesses with setting up systems and processes in her spare time. From the horse’s mouth “I just couldn’t quite figure out why opening accounts was so laboriously manual, repetitive and time consuming” – so she set out on a journey spanning over two years to interview as many suppliers as she could about what their experiences were with opening trade accounts – as a result, 1Centre came to life.

With over 20years banking experience, a passion for making life easier for business (herself included), and a BBS in management and sales, she has all the right ingredients to roll her sleeves up and drive 1Centre forward.

www.1centre.com

www.facebook.com/komauihangarau/

Kristin Ross ENTREPRENUER, INNOVATOR, PRODUCER

Hohepa Tuahine, Founder of Pipi Mai

(Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Tara / Te Arawa, Tūhoe)

Winners of the Innovation section at the Westpac Rotorua Business Awards and the People’s Choice Award at the New Zealand Innovation Awards, Kristin Ross and Hōhepa Tuahine share with us their journey in developing Pipi Mā, the Māori speaking dolls, which was recently launched as a cartoon series on Māori Television.

Kristin and Hōhepa are a young couple who in a very short amount of time have made a huge impact in the language revitalisation world, and they will share with us some of their journey.

Hōhepa & Kristin will take our rangatahi on a journey into the world of te reo Māori innovation.  They will share their story of Pipi Mā from the inception, to development and the business in the present day.

www.pipima.co.nz

www.facebook.com/komauihangarau/

Dougal Stott, Kaiārahi Māori at Enspiral DEV Academy

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi

Born and raised in Christchurch, Dougal has had a 20-year career in Māori education, youth development, business and entrepreneurship, and more recently as Kaiārahi Māori at Enspiral DEV Academy (EDA).

EDA is a software development school. It is an intensive program that helps you master the in-demand skills you need to accelerate your career and change your life. Our graduates work at all types of companies, from small start-ups to some of NZ’s technology giants.

Dougal will be sharing learnings from his journey, what it takes to be a software developer, and why Rangatahi Māori are the future of NZ Tech.

www.devacademy.co.nz

Potaua Biasiny-Tule, TangataWhenua(dot)com, Digital Natives Academy, 4CompanyB (4CB)

(Te Arawa, Tūhoe, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Niue)

Animator. Digital Creator. IT Geek. Activist.

From the early days of playing video games in the 80’s, Potaua saw his future in creating digital platforms, sharing digital stories and celebrating indigenous technology.

Combining his passion for entrepreneurship and digital tech, Potaua & his wife Nikolasa started TangataWhenua(dot)com to share positive Māori news in 2002, building an email list of 23,000 members and working alongside whānau from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Google and leaders such as Dr Te Taka Keegan and Merata Mita.

In 2014, the Biasiny-Tule whānau opened the doors to DNA – Digital Natives Academy, where the next generation of digital leaders could gain hands on access to computers, gaming, drones, robotics and future tech-thinking.

In 2015 also Potaua started a new journey as an animator. Ngāti Whakaue had invited the Animation College to establish a campus in Rotorua and along with 18 others (17 of whom were Māori) became the first intake. This culminated in the creation of Digital Basecamp as a studio/co-working facility in 2017 where amazing digital businesses reach their summit of success.

Taking all of those digital experiences (and war wounds lol) Potaua and fellow Animation College alum formed 4CompanyB (4CB), a Māori tech company who specialise in sharing digital Māori stories, especially those of the Māori Battalion from whom they gain inspiration. With the need to create new opportunities, but more, the urgency to make good sh*t happen so that Māori can escape the traps of poverty and the dark abyss of negativity, Potaua and the digital whanau he works with want to create new pathways for rangatahi, to understand our roles as digital kaitiaki with the tāonga tuku iho we are blessed to hold and to make 10,000 millionaires in the Bay by 2020. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou, ki a tātau katoa.

www. digitalnatives.org.nz

Rio Hemopo–Hunuki – Co-founder of Koi Digital

(Hikairo ki Tongariro, TūWharetoa, Tūhourangi, Niue)

Polymath aka Haututu

Born and bred in Taumarunui King Country. Grew up close to my grandparents and raised by a solo mum. Worked in the freezing works, shearing sheds and scrub cutting before moving to Wellington to study at the Conservatorium of Music (Jazz Bass). Graduated and co-founded TrinityRoots circa ’99. Toured nationally and internationally with TrinityRoots, Fat Freddys Drop, Scribe, Breaks Co-op, FMP. Red Bull Music Academy Alumni. DJ. NZ Music Commission Mentor.

Moved from Wellington to Rotorua circa 3 years ago and co-founded Koi Digital Ltd.

Recipient of the inaugural Ka Hao Digital Fund ‘17 and have been building and creating the trans-media concept Titans Of Aotearoa (T.O.A.). Titans Of Aotearoa (T.O.A.) is a 3rd person action/adventure, fact based fiction title that follows the journey of Toa through the poignant moments in Polynesian/Māori history.

Māori/Polynesian potential has always been fascinating to me. I see the digital space providing an amazing and exciting opportunity for that to be realised in a transformational way.

www.facebook.com/TitansOfAotearoa/

www.facebook.com/komauihangarau/

Nikora Ngaropo – Director & Founder of Nikora Ngaropo Motion & Design, Young Animators

(Te Rarawa, Tūhoe, Ngāti  Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu)

For almost 20 years Nikora he’s been one of the few Maori Animators working within the field of ‘high-end visual effects’.

Working on some of the largest productions to come out of New Zealand, Avatar, The Hobbit, The Avengers, Superman, Planet of the Apes and BFG to name a few. In 2016, he established Nikora Ngaropo Motion & Design (NNMD) and Young Animators (YA) as a platform to inspire rangatahi into careers in animation and the digital sector.

“Our education initiative Young Animators is how we are affecting change within the community – Young Animators is a fully mobile animation initiative which brings our 20 years in the visually effects animation industry to life. Our programme has the ability to go into any community anywhere in Aotearoa and the world, raising digital literacy and using animation as the vehicle.”

To date we have worked in both rural communities and cities across Aotearoa and now internationally in the Cook Islands and were nominated as a finalist in the NZ Hi-Tech Awards for 2018 for our work with Young Animators.”

www.younganimators.net

www.facebook.com/komauihangarau/

Te Aroha Morehu – Innovation Officer, Ngāti Whatua Orakei Whai Maia

(Ngāti Whātua whānui, Ngā Puhi nui tonu, Ngāti Kahu, Te Roroa)

Te Aroha Morehu is a descendant of his Tribe, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and his whakapapa or genealogy connects him to the greater tribe all the way to the north of Aotearoa. Since joining his Tribal Development arm, he has held the portfolio for Culture and Identity and has lead out on a Digital Transformation strategy since November 2016. His aspiration is Oranga Iwi, which is the lifting of his tribal nation and indeed the Māori people of New Zealand in general. His aspirations in the Digital space are to leverage evidence-based practice on connecting Māori to their cultural modalities of mind, body and soul which is backed up by research in providing better health education and economic outcomes. This is coupled with the Tourism industry in New Zealand taking over the Dairy industry as the largest. He is excited to be using leading edge technology to tell meaningful stories.

http://ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

www.facebook.com/komauihangarau/