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CODE welcomes new team members

New Zealand Centre of Digital Excellence are excited to announce the appointment of Navi Brouwer and Antony Maday as North Island Regional Content Managers (RCMs) to the team.

Pictured L-R: Navi Brouwer, Vee Pendergrast and Antony Maday.

As RCM's, their responsibilities will include assisting developers into the NZ CODE grant pipeline, arranging workshops and mentorships to build industry capability, and be our point of contact for indie game developers based in the North Island.


Pōneke - Wellington-based Navi Brouwer has extensive experience working for tool and pipeline developers. They are joining us from Wētā Digital x Unity, where they produced and project managed several pipeline tools to support both games and feature films. Navi has also previously worked as a producer for Dinosaur Polo Club and PikPok studios as a games tester, so brings a solid understanding of the path to shipping games. Navi also volunteers for the NZ Games Festival Committee, and has organised Play by Play, NZGF’s single stream conference.


Pictured: Navi Brouwer and her much-loved Mochi pup

Antony Maday is based in Tāmaki Makaurau - Auckland having recently returned to Aotearoa after living in Montreal, Canada for the past three years working as a senior role in QA testing for Warner Brothers Games. Antony brings a plethora of tech skills and experience working across a variety of platforms, and testing hardware such as PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Outside of work, Antony self-confessed comic book fan and has self published a number of copies. He’s also a keen musician and plays bass guitar in multiple bands in Auckland.


Antony Maday (L) plays bass for On Tick in Auckland.

"It's really exciting to get the national rollout going in earnest with our amazing new Regional Content Managers to help extend our reach. This year is a huge transition for us but we will be able to bring even more opportunities to businesses and developers in the community as well as growing this New Zealand-based export industry", says CODE’s Industry Development Manager, Vee Pendergrast.


We’re excited to see Navi and Antony apply their experiences and build their networks to help support game developers and indie studios across the North Island.


Navi and Antony will be joining CODE from Monday 7 August, starting with a week-long induction in Ōtepoti - Dunedin.


Please join us in welcoming Navi and Antony to the CODE team.

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