An #HourOfCode and the whanau


It’s a question that has to be asked. Do you want your tamariki, your rangatahi, your nieces, nephews, moko to engage proactively with future technology, to create, develop, innovate, mould the world’s digital tools or simply be bound and constrained by them?

These are the patai Potaua and I and a network of like-minded innovators have asked over the years and the the answer is a huge, loud “ae!” we want, we need more Maori geeks!

One small step in making this possible has been to create Digital Natives Academy a dedicated space for Maori kids to learn the fundamentals of computer science (coding, hardware, etc.) along with graphic design, animation, digital photography and web development.

With no funding and just squeaking by on the little putea we can allocate towards it from our own pockets it began to grow with the help from some truly committed friends.

Incredible ninjas like Matt Dawson and Doug Mitchell from SupraIT, who lent us hours of their time along with 5 desktops to use and a splitter so we could run more then 4 computers at a time (lol) to our digital Wahine Toa, Robyn Kamira who sent us an array of bits and pieces to play with to an incredible landlord who is letting us work towards paying him all the back rent we own (DOH!) – true #awesomenessness!

So having just completed our most recent Hour of Code with whanau we were struck by how quickly our kids (ages 6-11) have been picking up the fundamentals of computational thinking.

They all explore with such ferocity, pushing ahead, sequencing and debugging, testing, all without even knowing quite what that all means but doing so with such a natural ability it was breathtaking.

The next morning they all asked to have another go, tumeke!!


  • Vanessa November 16, 2014 - 6:42pm

    That is the most awesome thing I’ve read about lately! Good on you!!!! We need this sort of inspiration for next gen kiwis so much.
    Would love to help out and support -?


  • Nikolasa November 17, 2014 - 7:33pm

    Nau mai haere mai, all supporters are welcome! :)


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