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Techweek AKLgamedev Meetup - Games in Te Reo Maori & Māori History
SCHEDULE: (Times TBA) • Welcome • Feature presentation - Panel on games in Te Reo & Māori History • NZGDA Announcements • Break out for Showcase, Pizza & Networking FEATURE PANEL - Games in Te Reo & Maori History How Animation, Gaming and AR/VR are contributing to educating audiences on subjects such as diversity, Māori culture and mental health. Join us for short presentations and a panel discussion with local developers Sam Ramlu (Method), Abhishek Kala (Titan Ideas) & Maru Nihoniho (Metia Interactive). Moderated by Stephen Knightly (InGame, NZGDA) Sam Ramlu (Method ( Sam is the Managing Director and co-founder of Method – an award winning creative innovations agency, and M Theory – an AR/VR experience agency. Abhi Kala (Titan Ideas ( Founder of Titan Ideas Limited, Abhi is an award-winning lecturer and an innovator. He is a multi-dimensional creative focused on re-imagining storytelling and education using the latest in immersive technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality to better facilitate learning in kids. Maru Nihoniho (Metia Interactive ( Maru is the managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive, an award-winning game design studio she founded in 2002. Maru is the game designer behind the development of SPARX, an interactive game based on cognitive behavioural therapy, designed to help young rangatahi manage their depression. Moderated by: Stephen Knightly (NZGDA) (, InGame ( ANNOUNCEMENTS The NZGDA and friends will have announcements at the end of the session. If you have an announcement please fill out this form ( 'PROGRESS BAR' If you have an unfinished game, or art, or anything else you'd like to share bring it along for people to play so you can get some ideas for where to go with your designs next. We encourage studios to send along recruiters and budding game developers to bring along their work to show and CVs. If you want to request a screen or table please fill out this form ( It's the same form as above. PARKING Parking is not easy in the city. You can catch buses to St Paul's Church. If you are showing work and have a lot of equipment and you want to bring your car, send your name and license plate number to [masked] and I'll see if I can get you a parking space. No promises but I'll do my best. TECHWEEK This event is part of Techweek: New Zealand's annual technology festival amplifying New Zealand innovation that's good for the world. ( SPONSORS A big thanks to AUT PIGSTY (, Screen Auckland ( and NZGDA (

Room WG126, Sir Paul Reeves Building

AUT University, Governor Fitzroy Place · Auckland


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    We're a group of game developers, programmers, artists, musicians, animators and game enthusiasts that meet to discuss game design and collaborate on computer game projects. Members include students, hobbyists and professional game developers.

    We talk about iPhone, XBox, online, PC, virtual world, Android, console, Augmented Reality, MMORPG and even board games.

    Come along and share your own ideas and projects for games, or recruit people to work on one with you.

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