My swift playgrounds demonstrates an interactive storybook – my Pepeha. Pepeha is a way of introducing yourself in Māori – the indigenous people of my homeland New Zealand. It tells people who you are by sharing your connections with the people and places that are important to you. I thought it would be nice to share some of New Zealand with Apple, so I wanted to illustrate our native flora and fauna such as the Fern, Kowhai, Pohutukawa, Harakeke (flax) and the Cabbage tree, along with birdsong from our native birds, like Tui, Kereru, and Fantail.
For the longest time I wanted a boosted board – they were electric skateboards taking the world by storm – or at least my world. However, there were a couple flaws for me. They were too big to take on the bus, and too expensive for my student lifestyle. So as any nerd would do, I built my own. There's a great forum that I was on for months, getting advice from more seasoned electric skateboarders. I figured out the specs I wanted my board to have, and put it together for my final year project at high school. I learnt so much about battery management, lithium ion cell technology, the UX of wireless controllers, motor ratings and much much more.