Kaia Barber-Kake is a gamer from way back and through the NGEN programme he’s discovered how much he loves 3D animation and game creation. He wants to work for a gaming development company and says NGEN is dope.
The thought of going to university with a young child was too overwhelming for Heeni Niha (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Rangi), so she joined NGEN instead. Fast forward a few months and she now has aspirations for her own ecommerce business designing te reo Māori resources for māmā’s.
Two weeks is how long Taiao Kawiti (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine) spent playing games in his bedroom before his mum told him to get out and enrol in NGEN. Taiao is an aspiring music producer, who was disillusioned with his music studies at University. A few months after joining NGEN, he was producing sound for a gaming development company.