Wednesday 26 May
6:00pm - 8:30pm
How can we encourage more Māori and Pasifika people in creative tech, and who are the movers and shakers in this space?
Māori and Pasifika only represent about 2% of those working in the creative tech sector, yet form a larger part of the population of Aotearoa, especially in diverse Tāmaki Makaurau.
Hosted at our innovative new campus in Wynyard Quarter, we aim to provide a platform to kōrero and talanoa about ways Māori and Pasifika art and design forms have become increasingly relevant and dynamic in this digital era.
This community event listing is made possible with the support of NZTech
Ali Cowley (Samoan) has worked in the creative industry for over 20 years specialising in illustration, storyboarding, production design and 2D animation. Ali was an animation director on prime time animated show Bro'Town and is currently tutoring Art in the Gaming degree at Media Design School.
Maru Nihoniho is the managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive, an award-winning game development studio. She leads a team of developers that include artists and programmers. As well as designing and developing original IP she also produces 3rd party games across multiple platforms including PlayStation, iOS, Android, PC, Mac and other technologies such as Virtual Reality.
Jacob Luamanuvae-Su'a is a senior facial animator who works for WETA Digital in Wellington and has worked on many familiar animated faces you'll recognise from the movies including Golum from Lord of the Rings and Thanos from the Marvel Blockbuster 'Avengers'.
Te Aroha Grace works for Figure Group, an orgnaisation that uses the Te Ao Māori world view to guide their designs and digital creations, including the learning platform, Huatau. Te Aroha also afilliates with Ngāti Whātua and has been instrumental in developing MDS's relationship with the local iwi.
Johnson Mckay works with government, business and diverse communities to design creative solutions for a thriving Aotearoa. He is a passionate advocate for inclusive practises that bring together all New Zealanders to design an authentic Aotearoa together, where everyone has a voice and te reo Māori and Māori cultural perspectives enrich us all.
Mary is a proud Niuean from the villages of Hakupu and Vaiea but is currently residing in Mangere.
Mary Aue is the founder of Coconut Wireless – the social media platform that has amassed more than 440,000 followers and has a reach of two million people every week. She also manages the successful South Auckland STEM programme.
Mary is passionate about promoting all things Pacific, whether in New Zealand or abroad.
The talented Pat Mose will be our emcee, as well our DJ during the event! With a strong background working in student marketing and higher education, Pat is currently working as a Careers Advisor and Teacher at Henderson High in Auckland. He is also an accomplished musician and was recently featured on 'Soul Sessions'.