Welcome to Digital Natives Academy


About Us

Term 4

Our Term 4 programmes are now open for registrations.
Click on the button to view. Each session is FREE and runs between 1-2 hours.

We also provide free scrim sessions on weekends (first come first served) for members. 

Digital Natives Academy (DNA) Charitable Trust was established in 2014 to encourage young people and those wanting to enter the digital tech industry the power to create, transform, shape and develop their own digital tools.

DNA is an intergenerational centre of digital excellence, a place where curious young minds can find exceptional leaders along with state of the art digital tech. It is also a Sanctuary from an often cold, uncaring world where the outliers of society can find peace, a warm smile, friendship and shared passions.

All our current courses are taught onsite or in schools. 

Creative Tech

Media Design School Partners with Digital Natives Academy

Media Design School is excited to be partnering with Digital Natives Academy, to deliver our Digital Creativity Foundation (DCF) programme online to learners based in DNA’s digital hub in Rotorua. Click here to learn more about the course As a first-of-it’s-kind relationship for Media Design

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Creative Tech

DNA Partners with MOE to Get into Gaming

Digital Technology is one of the fastest growing parts of Aotearoa’s economy, generating billions of dollars in exports and creating thousands of jobs each year. The global gaming industry is now worth more than the film and music industries combined. Yet in 2019 only 30%

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Term 4 Courses

Rotorua | Murupara | Tokoroa | Auckland | Wellington

Key Features

Certificates & Badges

Students receive certificates and badges for courses completed.

Student Support

We offer live real time classes for those who work best with the guidance of tutors.

Free Resources

Get access to custom made online resources.

Meet our Crew


Wellbeing | Esports | Animation | Content Creation | Game Design

DNA believes leadership is about creating more leaders. We use the young jedis around us, young up and coming talent with a passion for Te Ao Māori, wellbeing, animation, gaming, esports and content creation.

All our instructors have relevant tertiary degrees and have deep and relevant experience in our industry.

Sasha Rotherham
Potaua Biasiny-Tule
Business, Tech & Innovation
Marcus Powell
Esports/Game Design
Ngatarawahi Fairhall
Te Iwi Matihko/Te Reo Māori
Taylor Thorpe
Animation /Te Iwi Matihiko
Teiwai Macpherson
Te Iwi Matihiko/Te Reo Māori