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Sport Canterbury Esports event at Tūranga Library

A fun opportunity for Ākonga – High School students, to teach staff  from Sport Canterbury New Zealand how to play Esports titles Valorant and Rocket League. The hope here was that they would recognise the skills, teamwork and tenacity required to play these games competitively. To really see the “sport” aspect of esports It was a fun day with a lot of laughter and some great feedback. Big thanks to Andy Thawley and students from Christchurch Boys High and Burnside High school for giving up some time to coach. This was at our Auahatanga – Creative Spaces at one of the Library facilities where we provide esports PCs and peripherals for schools and the local community. It was Halloween and our resident esport fairy dropped in for the festivities as well.

Minecraft Wero Hanga - Speed Build Challenge

Based on Sir Ian Taylor’s Matauranga – Voyagers kaupapa, this “wero hanga” combined education with the fun of an esports challenge that saw 12 local schools put up teams of four yr 7 & 8 ākonga to produce the best waka hourua – twin hulled vessel. With just two sessions of 10 minutes per school group, it was amazing to see what they managed to produce. Regardless of the outcome, the engagement is plain to see in the video below. This may end up being the first of many incorporating the educational aspect of Sir Ian’s voyagers kaupapa . Delivered as a collaborative effort including Christchurch City Libraries, Esports Ōtautahi, ImpactEd, Victory Up, Ngāti Gaming and Digital Natives Academy. Playtech supplied the gaming rigs and Harvey Norman some amazing prizes. A great day.

Sport Canterbury Gaming Equipment Unboxing

Esports Ōtautahi was extremely excited to gain Sport Canterbury recognition for Esports as a legitimate sport for High School Teams. The community benefits of Esports in Libraries is such that Sport Canterbury gifted a large amount of Mechanical Gaming Keyboards and Mice to the Libraries for use in our esports sessions.

League of Legends Tournament Pentakill

Great piece of commentary from Evie Howell our amazing League of Legends Commentator accompanied by Tyler Coster, one of our PBTech collaborators. This piece is very exciting as it shows a brilliant Pentakill during a tournament coming from a talented Christchurch Boys High School player.

2021 High School Regional Finals Tūranga

Just prior to the second COVID-19 lockdown and subsequent changes to restrictions within public spaces. Esports Ōtautahi was fortunate enough to be able to host the Victory Up in running the South Island Regional Finals for League of Legends. Great competition with Christchurch Boys High just managing to beat Burnside High School in the final. Great to have Ashburton College in the mix as well.

First esports tournament 2020 Tūranga

This video shows the set-up and action at the Inaugural League of Legends High School Tournament in 2020. From the stress of getting ready the night before set-up through to the mihi whakatau from our Māori services team rep. Also captures a brief interview with the victors Burnside High School team and coach.

Education and Esports in Minecraft

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.

Podcasts on Esports in Libraries

Conversations between Librarian Bridie Anderson and participants in esports.  Hear from Henry Lawton of Victory Up around his journey from being a gamer through to founding Victory Up and running the Nationwide High School Esports League in Aotearoa. Discussion points include, diversity and digital equity within gaming as well as the myriad benefits for Rangatahi through involvement in esports. Hear also from a local High School team, their inspiring coach and a very talented esports commentator in these informative and fascinating interviews. Find more Ngā Kōrero Auaha – Creative Stories on the Christchurch City Libraries website here.

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Henry Lawton on Esports
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Coach, Team and Commentator