Tūranga High School Exhibition Tournament

Images from the first Tūranga “Exhibition” event featuring 8 High Schools League of Legends teams from Ōtautahi. We held this tournament in collaboration with PBTech who provided spot prizes and a commentator! The first prize cheque and trophy you will see below was kindly sponsored by TSB. COVID restrictions prevented us repeating this Exhibition match in 2021 so the trophy still sits with Burnside High School who played off against runners up Christchurch Boys High School. Who wants the silverware in 2022?

Minecraft Wero Hanga – Speed Build Challenge

Images from the 2022 Inaugural Matauranga – Voyagers Wero Hanga (Speed-build Challenge) which saw 12 local Primary Schools Teams enter the world of Esports based on Sir Ian Taylor’s awesome Voyagers education kaupapa. Each team was made up of 4 ākonga that had to work together as a team to create the best “waka kourua” (twin hulled vessel) in just 20 minutes (two ten minute build slots). The results were amazing with incredibly creative and well informed builds produced. The judges really had their work cut out for them. This was a very successful intro to the exciting world of esports. We’ll be seeing more in 2023.

Fighting Games Community Freeplay Day

Esports Ōtautahi was very pleased to host the local branch of the Fighting Games Community (FGC) up at Tūranga library recently. This event allowed for a fun inter-generational introduction to the super popular console based games such as “Street Fighter” and “Tekken.” One rangatahi participant explained that it was a “fantastic opportunity” as he was passionate about fighting games but did not have access to a console. Typically FGC operate out at University of Canterbury. This event allowed other sectors of the community to get involved. FGC also runs competitive competitions so we may see those as Esports Christchurch offerings at libraries in Ōtautahi soon as well.

Hornby High School

Hornby High School students have been heavily involved in esports in Christchurch and were one of the 8 teams at our first exhibition tournament in 2020. Since then they have made Te Hāpua Halswell Centre Library their “home field.” You’ll find them there competing during the season on Tuesdays. You’ll often find them on other days practising as well. Sport Canterbury gaming equipment is very well utilised by our Hornby ākonga.

Avonside Girls High School

The Avonside Girls High crew is the only all female team that has entered the National High School League from the Esports Christchurch community. Esports Ōtautahi is delighted to host this team each week at the New Brighton community Library learning centre where they get exclusive access to the PCs and all of the Sport Canterbury supplied peripherals. Diversity is essential to growing the inclusive model for esports in Christchurch that we are building.

Ao Tawhiti Gamers

Ao Tawhiti school operates in the CBD of Ōtautahi Christchurch and utilise the many great facilities and opportunities that their location allows. Gaming is no exception and at the height of 2021 (as COVID restrictions allowed) Tūranga – Christchurch Central Library hosted up to 40 gamers per session.

Hillmorton High School

Great to see Hillmorton High School utilising Te Hāpua Halswell Centre Library for their newly formed Esports Club. League of Legends for the younger ākonga but the seniors pretty keen on Valorant.

Te Waka Unua – Education and Esports

Library and ImpactEd teamed up to deliver to Te Waka Unua students an innovative education programme over a period of weeks called Minecraft and Mātauranga – Land of Voyagers where ākonga learned about the story of migration and other information around ancient navigators. As part of these sessions we incorporated Esports Speed Build challenges which proved to be very popular and a lot of fun.

MSI giveaway

MSI gaming sent down a big box full of their cute MSI dragons which were hugely popular with our High School gamers. MSI had to send reinforcements to the kids that missed out first time round.

Ao Tawhiti Minecraft

A full session of Minecrafters at Tūranga. There was a mix of both Java and Education Edition hosts as well as some build battles for a bit of friendly competition!