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Innovative board game explores Pacific language and culture

Innovative board game explores Pacific language and culture

  • 16 Aug 2020

A growing number of Pacific students around New Zealand are saying “yes” to being involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) and gaining entrepreneurial skills. 

As part of the YES programme, students set up and run a real business, and each YES company creates their product or service and gets to experience what it is like to go to market.

Nationwide, there are 485 Pacific students participating in YES within 92 Pacific companies this year.

In the coming weeks and months, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) will support the Pacific companies by showcasing Pacific companies involved in YES. 

This will help boost the teams’ profiles and hopefully help turn followers into customers of Pacific companies’ YES products. 

Meet Pacific YES team FOLAU from Auckland Girls' Grammar School.

Island Explorers Board GameThis innovative group has created a small business to give first generation young Pasifika the opportunity to learn basic phrases in their native language, while acknowledging their roots through a fun interactive educational board game, The Island Explorers. 

To move around the board, participants must answer a variety of questions, including fun facts about the Pacific Islands and phrases in six different languages - Fijian, Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island Māori, Niuean and te reo Māori.   

The game is designed for ages 8-14, and costs RRP $15. 

For more information, email [email protected] and follow FOLAU on Instagram: @folau_20 

Visit MPP to see how the Ministry supports YES.