LO­CAL LAD BE­COMES TV STAR

Asher’s story turned into video game

The Northern Advocate - - Front Page - Mikaela Collins

Asher Hogg has a big imag­i­na­tion.

So big that it has not only landed the 7-year-old Rus­sell boy a spot on a new sci­ence tele­vi­sion show for kids, but one of his sto­ries is also be­ing turned in to a video game.

“I’m ex­cited,” he said “I think it’s go­ing to be so cool.”

Asher is one of the stars of new HeiHei se­ries Nanogirl and the Imag­in­auts which com­bines pu­rakau — le­gends and sto­ries Maori used to pass down knowl­edge — and sci­ence.

The show is based on the sci­ence be­hind seven of the ex­per­i­ments Dr Michelle Dick­in­son, aka Nanogirl, uses in her stage show.

Dur­ing each episode chil­dren are given a word as­so­ci­ated with the ex­per­i­ment and are asked come up with a story. Asher didn’t get to meet Nanogirl but he is in the bot­tle rocket ex­per­i­ment episode and was given the word “kick” as dur­ing the ex­plo­sion there is a bit of a kick. He came up with a story only a child could think of. “My story is first with these three kids play­ing rugby. They were just play­ing it and they heard a shake and then there was this mon­ster min­ing up to the sur­face and then ev­ery­one was run­ning away ex­cept one per­son and that was Os­car. “Os­car stayed still be­cause he was way too scared and then the mon­ster

"I’m ex­cited. I think it’s go­ing to be so cool."

took him down to his lair — the mush­room crys­tal biome.

“Af­ter that the mon­ster said ‘Can you please get that crys­tal in that re­ally small gap for me’ and then Os­car was strug­gling to get there but then he fi­nally got the crys­tal and then he gave the crys­tal to the mon­ster and the mon­ster came back out,” he said.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Luke Nola said to sup­port the show two games have been cre­ated and one of them is about avoid­ing mon­sters “snot­ting” on you.

“Asher’s is one of the lev­els. You’re run­ning through crys­tal caves and there’s a mon­ster squirt­ing stuff at you and if you get hit you die,” he said.

Asher’s dad, Adam, said they heard about the show through a friend, de­cided to send in a video of Asher and were then asked to bring him to Auck­land for an au­di­tion.

“There were lots of other kids and fam­i­lies there and he went through and did pretty well and later they came back and said: ‘We want Asher for the show. Can he come down and do some film­ing?”’

Adam said he wasn’t sur­prised when he heard Asher’s story as he’s “got a good imag­i­na­tion”. “He’s al­ways cre­at­ing sto­ries,” he said.

Nanogirl and the Imag­in­auts launched on HeiHei yesterday and the video game will launch on the web­site next week.

Asher Hogg

PHOTO / JOHN STONE

Asher Hogg, 7, is one of the stars of the new HeiHei se­ries, Nanogirl, be­low, and the Imag­in­auts.

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