TORO Academy creates training pathways enabling our local youth and career changers to access both the local and global production industry.

Our programme supports our Tauira in remaining connected to Te Ao Māori while learning hands on animation, production and soft skills for entering the creative tech industry. We have infused kaitiakitanga throughout the programme and Tauira are introduced to masterclasses from our strong partnerships through our AMO Collab - some of New Zealand's finest creative agencies, VR gaming and production specialists.

TORO Academy has concluded with Tauira having successfully completed our pilot, 16-week 3D animation and production programme, in Kirikiriroa from November 2021 - March 2022. Our first cohort of Tauira have graduated and some are beginning their journey with internships into the industry.

We are incredibly proud to announce that two of our TORO Academy graduates, Terri and Kody, have secured year long, paid internships with disguise in Auckland! Additional to that, Stacey and Kalim are now starting their journey with Staples VR! Tauira have worked extremely hard to ensure they got the absolute best out of the 16-week course and their skill, talent and determination has paid off. Now the hard mahi starts! 

Now the hard mahi starts! Watch this space as we are working on some other exciting internship placements for some of our lucky Tauira.  




TORO Academy are extremely grateful  by the generosity of the creative tech companies who have stepped forward to give their time and expertise to Tauira. Included in this esteemed group are Ogivly Networks, Staples VR, Method Digital, ToyBox Animation, Metia Interactive, Aardman Animations, Tikipunk Studios, disguise, and Adrenaline, Augusto, Greenstone TV, Rocketwerkz, Soul Machines and Cause and FX. These connections have enabled us to broaden the scope of possibility and introduce new pathways to Tauira with various industry opportunities. Thank you all for being part of the success of this pilot programme, placing industry at the core of TORO Academy.

Our first cohort


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