Storytelling and Tech Festival - Rangatahi

A one-day full-on festival of innovation and discovery focused on Storytelling and Tech, encouraging Rangatahi to consider tech careers and Rotorua's future.

What's it all about?

The Storytelling and Tech Festival is a one-day event full of inspiring speakers, targeted workshops and a Tech Expo. 

The day is split into two - Rangatahi during the day and Business in the evening.

Please note this is the RANGATAHI page of the event, register for the BUSINESS event here.


Rotorua is a city of storytellers and it is through stories that we will retain humanity in an increasingly digitised world. 

Hear from local innovators and entrepreneurs who are successfully sharing their stories with the world, be inspired by their often unconventional career pathways and think about how tech might help you tell your story.

The festival will highlight that tech is simply a tool or platform that can be harnessed to achieve things and connect with people, it should not be the end goal.

Targeted at Years 7 to 13.

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You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

Toi Ohomai - Mokoia Campus, Tangatarua Marae, Mokoia Drive, New Zealand

Thursday 23 May
11:30am - 2:30pm

Free event
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Kat Lintott

Co-Founder of Wrestler

Kat is a co-founder of Wrestler, a creative agency based in Wellington, NZ, leading all virtual, augmented and mixed reality projects. She is exploring the different ways stories can be captured and told through technology from an iPhone, all the way through to immersive interactive VR headsets. Lastly she’s aiming to bring young talent along on the journey so that New Zealand has a strong foundation of talent for the future of this industry.

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Lee Timutimu

CEO & Founder of Arataki Cultural Trails

Lee (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou) is the founder Arataki - a wholly owned Māori tech company based in Tauranga, who have developed NZ’s first proximity activated cultural content delivery platform. In simple terms, it’s a digital storytelling platform that allows you to unlock authentic cultural stories in-location.

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Kristy Mayes

Co-Founder and COO of Koi Digital

Kristy is a digital designer and developer who has experience as a fashion designer, entrepreneur, animator, video editor, illustrator, graphic, designer and front end web developer.
Kristy is now bringing her skillset to the gaming industry, creating the new story franchise Titans of Aotearoa.

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Piripi Curtis and Mike Jonathan

Steambox Films

Mike and Piripi are key members of the Steambox Film Collective. They are inspirational storytellers who are based in Rotorua and are passionate about the power of tech in film and television production and the potential this holds for Rotorua and our Rangatahi.

Mercia-Dawn Yates

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru

NPEW have spearheaded the development of Te Arawa Digital Storehouse a resource not only to introduce learners to Te Arawa stories, but also to encourage user education skills, support enquiry learning and inspire the exploration of existing resources.

Mercia will explain the vision for these stories and how Rangatahi might plan a part in that future.

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Nigel Ward


Nige (Ngāti Raukawa / Ngāti Rangiteaorere) studied traditional 2D hand-drawn animation in the mid-90s under a Disney feature film legend and has been making characters come to life ever since. He has animated cartoons for TV shows, commercials, music videos and webgames.

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Craig Render

Microsoft Innovative Educator

Craig helps Teachers, Schools and Learners to discover the amazing possibilities technology can provide to education. His kaupapa is focused on students agency and culturally relational and sustaining pedagogy's - and finding the link between this and modern technology.

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Robin Hartley

Manager UAV Operations and Geospatial Scientist at Scion

Robin Hartley is a Forester, who has been actively involved in the development of UAV applications in NZ forestry and firefighting over the past few years.
Currently, Robin works for Scion as a geospatial scientist, where he manages the UAV programme, and likes to get out to the field flying crafts as often as he can.

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Ngapera Riley

Deputy CEO of Figure NZ

Ngapera (Te Arawa) helps run Figure.NZ, a tech charity dedicated to making NZ’s public information easy to find and use. She believes access to information gives us valuable knowledge and understanding of our surroundings, and is crucial to help us plan our future.

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Mead Norton

Mead Norton Photography

Mead Norton is an international award winning photographer and has been shooting videos for the last two years. He is drawing on his twenty year experience as a photographer to influence his motion work. He is loving the freedom motion work has given him to tell stories in a dramatic way.

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John Maybury

Video Marketing and Presentation Coach

John Maybury brings to the table a 30 year career in media, marketing and performance. As a specialist video marketing producer, content strategist and presentation coach for SME businesses, John helps clients tell authentic stories.

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Taku-Anne Jones

General Manager of Origins Software

Taku-Anne’s passion for technology comes from extensive experience in applied innovation throughout her career history. Similarly, her interest in Fashion and creative spaces has helped her develop her career in an area she loves.

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Chris Parnell

Founder of CG Design

Chris Parnell works for customers all over the world with his bespoke digital creative agency. He is a firm advocate for people engaging in tech careers and sees the power of tech simply as a tool to communicate.


Closing remarks
G210 - Lecture Theatre
Karakia Whakamutunga

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