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Whare Karioi 2024

Ko te tira ka kawe i ngā mahi a te rēhia ki wāhi kē, ki wāhi kē, ka kīia he whare karioi.

Hosted by NZ CODE in close partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Kotahi Mano Kāika (KMK), Wānaka Whare Karioi ā-Whenua 2024 (Whare Karioi) is the International Indigenous Digital Games Summit, a video games industry cultural summit held in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand, 17 - 21 June 2024.

Whare Karioi will bring together Indigenous game developers from around the world to connect, share and support their indigeneity in the video games industry.


It will consist of talks, panels and workshops throughout the week, and including evening networking events and field trips to key historical Ngāi Tahu landmarks.

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The first two days are dedicated to an Indigenous only experience, offering our Indigenous visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience Ngāi Tahu Tikanga (cultural principles) and Kawa (cultural practices), and being formally welcomed onto Ngāi Tahu land at Ōtākou Marae and Puketeraki Marae with hands-on engagement. 


Whare Karioi will create space for those who are comfortable and willing to share their own culture in any format that is appropriate, while discussing ways to maintain our rich cultural traditions within modern contexts.


Anything shared is done so with the intention of creating cultural bonds, and to not be replicated or communicated publicly. This is to ensure that all cultural IP shared retains its mana from whom it came.



For the second, more open part of the Summit, we will run a single stream of talks, panels and workshops, beginning on Wednesday 19th June for our opening Pōwhiri (welcome) keynote through to Friday 21st June to close, with time for networking and social events. 


Whare Karioi Summit is open to a broader audience that includes industry supporters of indigenous games studios and will be held at Tūhura Otago Museum

The purpose of Whare Karioi Summit is both to celebrate indigenous games but also share knowledge and best practice, with all sessions designed to deliver important insights.


FAQs  - find answers to the questions we get asked the most about Whare Karioi, here.

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Expression of Interest


Whare Karioi is a two part summit that will run over five days in Ōtepoti / Ōtākou - Dunedin / Otago, New Zealand, between Monday 17th and 21st June 2024. 

We welcome expressions of interest from all industry representatives with connections to, interest in or support for Indigenous games and game developers.


Please note certain elements of Whare Karioi are designed as spaces or events for Indigenous attendees, particularly pre-Summit.


The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Friday 17th May 2024.

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Wānaka Whare Karioi ā-Whenua 2024 is a not-for-profit event in partnership with NZ CODE, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Kotahi Mano Kāika, supported by Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Marae, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, and Tūhura Otago Museum.

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