Manager of Te Pae Tata, Rachel Hoskin, says that the facilities are about providing more than just access to technology, but also focusing on building capacity within whānau.
“We’re very reactive to our community’s needs so we’re constantly evolving our offerings,” says Hoskin. “Our goal is to enable our whānau and support their endeavours through more than just providing the technology to do so.”
The offerings will extend to include coaching sessions on topics like IRD, budgeting, enterprise and innovation support, amongst other practical topics. The Hub is also home to workshops and programmes including kaumātua and adult tech classes, after school and holiday programmes, video, audio, podcasting, and digital art classes.
“The technology available to us encourages entrepreneurship to truly enable whānau, which feeds into our mission to lead innovative action and facilitate learning opportunities that continually advances ourselves and our communities says Hoskin. “We are achieving this by collaborating and connecting as a community.”
It’s this tailored use of technology that truly demonstrates Te Pae Tata’s innovative spirit when considering how to further empower our whānau to realise their aspirations. “We even used virtual reality technology to design additions and renovations to one of our marae from the ground up.”
“Virtual reality marae walkthroughs have typically been used to connect whānau away from home with their marae, which is an amazing use of technology,” says Hoskin. “We flipped this and used it to conceptualise the marae whānau want to create, so they can walk through it before it’s even built.”
Te Pae Tata have also developed many programmes and opportunities to specifically benefit rangatahi in the rohe, with an eSports team who meet regularly at the Hub who will be competing in both national and international level competitions in the future.
Stan Walker at Te Pae Tata
The eSports helps to connect and engage rangatahi that are interested in technology and helps to develop the soft skills of the participants through a structured, practical approach.
“The rangatahi learn valuable skills like teamwork and strategic thinking,” says Hoskin. “We help develop and hone their skills into a viable career path, and work with the rangatahi involved to ensure there’s a suitable exit strategy for when eSports is no longer a career for them.”
Te Pae Tata also work closely with rangatahi who wanted to develop careers and skills in the digital space, but without having to move away from their whānau and whenua where they felt the most connected. Noticing a significant lack of tertiary education offerings in the region, Hoskin and Te Pae Tata set up a workplace for rangatahi to get on the job training and experience.