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1. (stative) be expert, proficient, adept.
2. (noun) skilled person, chosen expert, priest - a person chosen by the agent of an atua and the tribe as a leader in a particular field because of signs indicating talent for a particular vocation. They functioned as priests, gave advice about economic activities, and were experts in sacred lore, spiritual beliefs, traditions and genealogies of the tribe.The concept of the Tohunga is central to this pathfinder. Tohunga were 'experts' in their field, and also visionaries who guided their people to knowledge. The lack of texts or books on makerspaces is in stark contrast to plentiful and diverse maker activity. Using a tohunga approach emphasises a connection from the pre-literate past to the post-literate future, promotes an understanding of information as being experiential in nature, and encourages conversation and collaboration as a relevant route to knowledge.The tohunga for makerspaces in Aotearoa New Zealand are not so much individual people as institutions, organisations and websites. This list is in no particular order.
- Makers Organisation of New Zealand: founded with the aim of developing a broad and thriving Maker community within New Zealand
- Colab: the collaboratory for Design and Creative Technologies at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand
- Auckland Libraries: providing makerspace access and activities to beginner makers in a public library context
- Location: Auckland
- Website: http://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/EN/Events/Events/Pages/makerspacecentralcity.aspx
- Contact: https://www.facebook.com/CentralCityLibraryMakerspace
- Wellington Makerspace: providing commercial design and prototyping services, inexpensive technology workshops and membership access
- Tangleball: provide a place for creative people to collaborate on building their ideas and aim to nurture both technical and artistic ideas
- Diamondmind+Mindkits: combined to create the Kiwi made DiamondMind 3D printer
- The Meshed Co-op: is a collective of like-minded individuals and groups looking at ways of using Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) Systems & Solutions to deliver value to Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s) in New Zealand and abroad
- Vivenda: is a Product Design and 3D Printing Consultancy
- Pop-up Games Arcade: run a DIY games arcade, showing home-made games from around New Zealand
- Upper Hutt Library: run Scratch programming and LEGO construction programmes for kids
- Location: Upper Hutt, Wellington
- Website: http://www.upperhuttcity.com/page/1142/WhatsOn.boss
- Contact: https://www.facebook.com/UpperHuttCityLibrary
- Gamefroot: is an open community, an adaptive efficient engine and a marketplace, all designed to democratise game making
- The Mindlab: is a pioneer in digital and collaborative learning reflecting the new theoretical and practical frameworks of contemporary education.
- VEX Robotics: the VEX Robotics Competition 'VRC' is the biggest and fastest growing robotics competition in the world
- Makertorium: was a maker event held at Te Papa Tongarewa
- Location: Wellington
- About: http://is.gd/gibeye
- Storification: https://storify.com/Makertorium/makertorium-nz-2013
- D-Space: is a shared workshop where everyone is invited to work and create.
- Location: Dunedin
- Website: http://dspace.org.nz/
- Contact: Room 114, 291 Stuart Street, Dunedin
- League of Makers: making things that make things and making culture
- The Foundation: hackerspace in Christchurch. Located above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St. Sessions each Sunday, 12-5pm.
- Location: Christchurch
- Website: http://thefoundation.org.nz/
- Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/The-Foundation-Christchurch/
- MakePlace: a shared project space (hackerspace, makerspace, fablab) where everyone is invited to Make and Do.
- Location: Napier
- Website: http://makeplace.co.nz/
- Contact: +64(0)6 6502345