waterlea primary school
guardians of our harbour
"Tuwhiri in Schools gave our tamariki a chance to explore our local stories in a new and exciting way using modern creative-technology practices used by ARA Journeys in the industry."
- Steve Matthews, Waterlea Primary School Teacher
Waterlea Primary School is located just a few minutes walk from the Manukau Harbour - the source of many stories of migrations, tohunga, mischief, guardianship and gods.
The legendary Kaiwhare is said to have been a protector of the harbour and its people after he was ridden into the harbour by the elder Hape.
But what do their stories mean to us?
Class discussion and research:
tohunga those who listened to the signs of the natural world
taniwha and their significance of in regards to sense making and metaphor
mana-whenua and their guardianship of stories
the significance of place
the role of narrative in expression and learning
The elder Hape from the Stories of the Manukau Harbour in the Tuwhiri App.
Waterlea Primary School teacher Steve Matthews and ARA Journeys creative Ben Kenobi led year 6 & 7 students from Room 8 through fundamental industry standard processes.
Storyboarding to develop a story-world and characters based on our research.
understand our audience
develop ideas through iterative process
communicate ideas through in-game art content design
understand how our art is used in the production pipeline
"It's amazing that our kids see augmented reality as a part of their future careers and on-the-job training."
- Amy, parent (not pictured).
Once the students chose where their creature would live on the site, they all got to create one of their own creatures and collaborate on one big class taniwha using mixed media 2D physical artwork.
The creatures will appear as augmented reality artwork in 3D space at the end of the road by their school in the harbour in the summer of 2022-2023.
All solo and collaborative work shown in augmented reality on location.