By Tim Lucas | Posted: Wednesday May 27, 2020

Our Year 7 students have been creating their virtual pēpeha using Mahimania (Minecraft).

This year, the Ministry of Education launched the new digital technologies curriculum. Students from 7OCS and 7TLP were tasked to create a virtual pēpeha that expressed themselves and their whakapapa (family tree) using Minecraft. From snow covered maunga (mountains) to rivers (awa) of lava, the students let their imaginations run wild. Building a marae was also required and I was very impressed at the variety of designs and the intricate detail that was used for carvings and tukutuku panels inside the whare using blocks such as Light Grey Stained Terracotta and Nether Quartz Ore.

Students also created taniwha, waka, ngā mara (gardens), hangi pits, whare kai (eating houses) and other tikanga Māori creations! 

A big thank you to all of our talented Year 7s for being so engaged in this project.

Tāne Māhuta by Jay Morey 7OCS — Image by: Jay Morey