Tuakoi is Maori for “Imagine”. That’s quick to explain, and immediately gives some insight in to where we are from and what we are about. Everybody thinks imagination is a good thing: your friends, random strangers and even your parents.
nzLARPS has struggled to put together an appealing brand and identity that attracts membership and properly represents the plethora of awesomely creative events we have a hand in. Tuakoi is a simple name with a brief explanation that can be understood by gamers and non-gamers alike.
A couple of days ago I was interviewed by Marcus Lush on Radio Live about some of the things nzlarps is up to at the moment. Though I was confident and direct, I wished that I could have dropped our name a few more times - I found myself referring to the society as “the society” or “We” or other vague references like “our crew”. Listeners would have trouble finding out more about us because there was no opportunitiy to spell out “nzlarps.org”.
This is a real proposal and I think changing our name to Tuakoi would be great for larp in NZ.