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‘It’s 2023. With the new tools generated by science and technology, imagine the possibilities! How do we treasure and build on what we already have; our land, people, knowledge and connections – to create good health, sustainability, resilience and accessibility for all New Zealanders?’



Pounamu is a free, online game set in a future world where EVERYONE in New Zealand can use science as easily as they can use a computer now. Anyone can play; from primary school students to research scientists, from young entrepreneurs to kuia and koro. You can play from anywhere with an internet connection for your browser. There will be some public playing hubs in libraries, museums and other places where you can drop in and get the hang of playing and share the experience with others.


Mātini māmano ka rapa te whai.

By many, by thousands, the work (project) will be accomplished.




Players post micro-forecasts (concise ideas – 140 characters, like twitter) of future possibilities and build on, or reshape other players’ ideas. You can play for five minutes and share one idea, or play for the whole game and post hundreds of possible futures. You gain points and move up the game leader-board by posting ideas that create more discussion, contributing interesting ideas to the game and winning awards. Play with others to explore what YOU could do at home, in your business, your community, in your rohe.



Pounamu is collaboration between the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology,  StratEDGY Strategic Foresight and Professor Shaun Hendy, winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Communication prize and author of Get Off The Grass. The game is run with the support of the Institute for the Future on their ‘Foresight Engine’.

We would like to thank the following for their contribution of sponsorship and services


Victoria University Image Services – Steve Cochran


Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology & Evolution

Gravida – National Centre for Growth & Development

The Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Riddet Institute for Food, Innovation & Health

The Bio-Protection Research Centre