Nga¯ru­awa¯hia retro gam­ing in­spir­ing

North Waikato News - - OUT & ABOUT - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Old school games are mak­ing a come­back in Nga¯ru­awa¯hia.

Youth group Em­brace the Fu­ture is host­ing the Nga¯ru­awa¯hia Retro Gam­ing Olympics on Novem­ber 19.

It is be­ing sup­ported by e-Pou which comes un­der tech­nol­ogy fo­cused char­ity OMGTech!

The char­ity’s aim is to work along­side youth to run events and ex­pe­ri­ences that ed­u­cate and in­spire com­mu­ni­ties to see how fu­ture tech­nol­ogy could be part of its fu­ture.

And the e-Pou Project was es­tab­lished for dig­i­tal en­able­ment in Ma¯ori com­mu­ni­ties.

While the games are set to be a fun way of in­ter­act­ing with the youth, it’s about much more than that, e-Pou project leader Kawana Wal­lace said.

The idea was to in­spire peo­ple to learn more about tech­nol­ogy.

‘‘Some of the out­comes I’d like to see from this event is them say­ing ‘oh I want to learn how to make a game’ or learn ro­bot­ics.

‘‘One of the rea­sons we are able to do this is through the sup­port of our part­ners such as SparkNZ who have do­nated 150 lap­tops to OMGTech! to en­able com­mu­nity events such as this on a large scale.

‘‘And pro­peller­head who have do­nated 27 lap­tops to be used in lo­cal tech hubs which are be­ing es­tab­lished in com­mu­nity cen­tres, maraes and li­braries.’’

At the event, youth will com­pete in games such as Su­per Mario, Don­key Kong and Space In­vaders.

Wal­lace is the project leader but he gave the group an op­por­tu­nity to help man­age it.

Em­brace the Fu­ture mem­ber Cory New­port said a lot of the town’s youth don’t have ac­cess to spe­cific tech­nol­ogy and games.

So this was one op­por­tu­nity the group could help pro­vide.

‘‘Gam­ing is a costly thing nowa­days and it’s very hard to get video games be­cause they are so ex­pen­sive,’’ New­port said.

There will be 50 seats avail­able on the day and it will be split into two ses­sions.

Held at the Nga¯ru­awa¯hia Me­mo­rial Hall, from 9am-12pm there will be 7 to 12 year olds com­pet­ing and from 1pm to 4pm will be 13 to 18-year olds.

Reg­is­tra­tion will be on­line and de­tails will be posted on the E-Pou Face­book page.

An­other project Wal­lace is lead­ing is a rangers event at the Waahi Pa in Huntly on Novem­ber 25 and 26. There, vis­i­tors can learn about ro­bot­ics, game de­sign and cod­ing.

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