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Jonson Hikaka

Jonson’s story

2020 Scholarship Recipient 

Jonson is a passionate learner, and has recognised that a pathway into technology and game design would lead to a bright future for him, his family and his community. Raised in a Fijian whānau, his mind was opened and inspired to learn how technology could be used to serve his community. 

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable helped him succeed in his university prep programme. Reflecting further on his idea of success, Jonson says that to him, this means hitting his goals, creating positive habits and problem-solving to find creative solutions. 

Jonson’s dream career is in game developing, influenced by his interest in game design, cyber security and AI. Jonson has already completed an IT course at Techtorium in Game Development and Artificial Intelligence, a YOOBEE course in Game Development and completed work experience with Fusion Networks. 

"Receiving the scholarship has created a mindset shift in me, as it has lifted my understanding of what I can achieve in life, I’ve gained a new perspective in life and feel supported by those around me who were good influences on me."

His calm, supportive vibes make him a positive force in the changing tech landscape, bringing forth a strong community mindset which was embedded as a core part of his Fijian upbringing. 

“I am determined to succeed in my studies and become a positive role model for Pasifika students and my community by forging ahead and being part of the exciting developing IT industry.“

We wish Jonson all the best with his pursuit of his studies and we look forward to seeing him hit his goals!

Get to know Jonson:

  • Studying a Bachelor in Creative Technologies at AUT, Jonson’s dream career is in Game Development. 
  • Words Jonson lives by are "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

What does this scholarship mean to you? 

"It was a huge honour to receive the scholarship! I gave it a try, put my hat in the ring, and now I realise that I’m truly worthy of both a scholarship and a career in tech. When I saw the letter I was surprised but super happy, my mates were supportive of me. My family are proud of me, and supportive of my journey.
I feel more courageous and encouraged to do something out of my comfort zone! I’ve broken out of the goldfish mentality - which means that you might be keeping yourself from reaching your fullest potential. It’s so much bigger than the bowl, and if you just stay within it then you’re never gonna grow."