Māori and Pasifika only represent about 2% of those working in the creative tech sector. We all want this to change.

Ōtara 4.0 is a series of exciting and innovative Talanoa sessions allocated over five consecutive Wednesday evenings in May and June 2022. Each guest from the creative technologies sector will share their career stories and provide insights into their chosen career path. In addition to having a background in creative technologies, all speakers will be of Māori or Pacific heritage, and in most cases, have a personal link to South Auckland.

The after-school sessions will be held at the rear of the Hillary House Leadership Centre, the iconic family home of NZ mountaineer, explorer and innovator Sir Edmund Hillary. The relaxed and casual sessions will be hosted by young, Ōtara born and bred MC, and star of TVNZ's latest show 'O-Town Dreaming' Jesse Gibson.

Media Design School and the Ministry of Education are primary sponsors of Ōtara 4.0, which was initiated by Pasifika artists/creatives Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, Ali Cowley and Andrew Tui, with South Auckland youth at the heart of this collaboration!

Each session runs from 3-5pm, with the talks running from 3.30-4.30pm.

Wednesday May 18 - Animation & Visual Effects

Guest speakers:

  • Ali Cowley (Samoa), Creative Director
  • Evo Leota-Tupou (Samoa/Tonga), Pacific Kids Learning
  • Kennedy Kioa Toi Faimanifo (Samoa/Māori), Manatoa Productions

Wednesday May 25 - Gaming

Guest speakers:

  • Amber Taylor (Māori), Ara Journeys
  • Ray Cocker (Tonga), GameTan

Wednesday 1 June - Media Design (Graphic Design/UX/UI)

Guest speakers:

  • Hulu Tuinukuafe (Tonga), Digital Arts Network
  • David Parkinson, TBWA
  • Anaua Tuihalagingie (Tonga), Digital Arts Network

Wednesday 8 June - Digital Art/Esports/Wrestling

Guest speakers:

  • Michel Mulipola (Samoa), Bloody Samoan

Wednesday 15 June - AI / VR Production

Guest speakers:

  • Nanai Jr (Samoa), Soul Machines
  • Thomas Greentree (Samoa), Game Developer
  • Ali Cowley (Samoa), Media Design School

NOTE: All sessions will be outside, on the lawn of Hillary House Leadership Centre. In the event of rain, we have contingency venue nearby.



Watch live from 3.30pm down below.



2 Franklyne Road
Auckland 2023

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Event Space
Hillary House Leadership Centre

Hillary House is cared for by trustees and is the only place in New Zealand solely dedicated to the life of legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary. Find out more at www.hillaryhouse.co.nz

Jesse Gibson MC of Otara 4.0
Jesse Gibson

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