Born into a family of designers and educated in Europe, Ngaio returned to Australia to finish school and then completed a degree in fashion. After an award winning career in fashion with the label Desert Designs in Sydney, she moved to Canberra and worked with an environmental architect and builder for many years. After attending a glass making workshop, Ngaio completed an Honours degree in Visual Arts majoring in Glass at ANU.

Ngaio’s inter-disciplinary arts practice utilizes the material and transformative properties of glass encompassing architectural interventions, video, performance, and most recently includes collaborative experimental music interactions in real time.

In 2016, she was a recipient of an ANU Vice Chancellors Artists Fellowship (VCCAFS) working in partnership with the ANU Climate Change Institute on a joint project using art to communicate issues surrounding climate change and is currently a Visiting Fellow with the Institute.