the National center of excellence for animation and technology

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

COVID-19 has created a series of interdependent challenges.

Government expects that the tech sector will help lead the economic recovery.

Creative content is in high demand due to the COVID-19 lockdown and a lack of production capacity in the global ecosystem.

This reflects an equal parts technology and talent problem. 

the

solution

A core group of established businesses from the Production and Creative Technology sector have come together to establish a commercially viable Production, Animation and Technology Centre of Excellence in Tairāwhiti (Gisborne). This will be an end-to-end solution from Education to Production, Technology IP Creation and support technology capability for local industry and small businesses. 

This facility will be called TORO and will be the National Centre of Excellence for Production, Animation and Technology in New Zealand.

TORO sits as a Post-Covid Recovery priority project in the Tairāwhiti region with strong support from regional leadership representing the business community, Iwi, Māori, and the combined local government including the economic development agency and community trust. It is a new business model collectivising for scale alongside industry partners to leverage the convergent opportunities arising out of Covid-19 globally in the production and animation sector. 

We have an internship pathway which we have established into globally recognised production houses in AR/VR animation and Screen production. 

We have a Five-year goal of creating

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cross sector innovation and party provider jobs

students trained to be workforce ready

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TORO is divided into 4 parts 

toro

ventures

Invest in animation projects and technology development.

toro technology

Develop internal productivity tools and scale external joint innovation solutions. 

toro 

academy

To train students and develop the workforce for animation and technology.

toro 

studio

Gisborne based Production, Animation and Technology Centre aligned with AMO Studios a collective group of production ready companies.

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FOUNDERS AND DIRECTORS

From left to right of center image; 

Barry Souter, Sam Witters, Nikora Ngaropo, Shanon O'connor