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Aug 29, 2016

Young entrepreneurs create card game teaching NZ history

Entrepreneurial Year 13 Pakuranga College students have designed a card game to illustrate New Zealand history.


Their Kiwi Kards include 48 different cards detailing on each an influential New Zealander, ranging from politicians and soldiers to sports people and artists.

Players can group into teams or play as individuals to test their history knowledge.

"It teaches about the leaders who are pillars of our beautiful country," says Shae Fraser, the chief executive of the team of five students. 

They believe history is important for everyone to learn. 

"We are patriotic and hold the New Zealand flag close to our hearts."

The card project is part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, in which students set up and run a real business. 

Chayil Coupe, the team's operation manager, says: "We tried our best to put New Zealanders that not many people know about in the cards, such as Maori people Hōne Heke and Sir Āpirana Ngata." 

The students found through research that history teaching is insufficient in primary and intermediate schools, and even some adults have little knowledge of history, and think their game can "educate Kiwis in a fun way". 

"Our guideline is to give something back to the community, and we decided education is the best thing," says Shae. 

So far, they have sold 73 packs or 40 per cent of their card sets. They were ordered by five schools from across the country. 


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