Welcome to Digital Natives Academy


About Us

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. Online courses may be offered in term 3.


Unlocking Science for Tamariki

Rūamoko & Erupting Mentos Geysers with SCION Budding young scientists, explorers and tutu came together for this short workshop facilitated by Ngaio Balfour, a scientist from the University of Auckland who has been working at SCION over the summer. We dove into the land of

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DNA hosts first regional esports competition in Rotorua

Young Māori came from across the region to battle it out in DNA’s inaugural esports comp, Te Wero. Rotorua Intermediate, Te Rangihakahaka, Murupara Area School, Galatea School, Kaingaroa Forest School, Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti-nui-a-Toi and Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake O Tawhiuau have all

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Courses We Offer

Registrations open soon for Term 2

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


Esports | Animation | Content Creation | Game Design

DNA believes leadership is about creating more leaders. We use young up and coming talent with a passion for 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
Tangina Kaukau
Youth Worker, Tekken 7 Champ