The college fosters research, hands-on practice and scholarship across fine arts, design, music and media production.
Our staff and students believe in the power of creativity to drive positive change. We are committed to growing Māori and Pacific arts and artists and supporting indigenous creative practice.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey
We are deeply committed to being a Tiriti-led college, demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practice. We embrace this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people.
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Who we are
Our staff are diverse, collaborative, caring and celebrated. Meet leaders in the College of Creative Arts.
Professor Margaret Maile Petty
Margaret has a strong international academic leadership background with a diverse skill set and innovation focus that has seen her deliver a wide range of impactful initiatives.
She has served on a number of governance boards, and continues her service as ambassador for Good Design Australia.
Her research focus is on the history and theory of lighting design and the modern designed environment.
Professor Ngatai Taepa
Ngatai is one of Aotearoa's most significant and innovative contemporary Māori artists. He has produced an impressive body of work that combines Mātauranga Māori with contemporary expression.
He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and was a leading member of Te Kāhui Toi: the artistic team behind the award-winning Te Rau Karamu Marae.
Professor Huhana Smith
Huhana is a visual artist, curator and researcher who engages in major environmental, trans-disciplinary, kaupapa Māori and action-research projects. She fuses creative arts, mātauranga Māori and scientific methods to actively address climate change concerns and explore complex environmental issues and accessible solutions for Iwi/hapū and wider communities, particularly in Horowhenua-Kāpiti.
Professor Andre Ktori
Professor Brian Lucid
Professor Heather Galbraith
Heather is a curator and writer who works in the fields of modern and contemporary New Zealand and international art. She has been involved in senior roles in three presentations of the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2009, 2013 and 2015) and has held senior curator roles at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, and ST Paul St., AUT University.
Associate Professor Faith Kane
Faith Kane is a design researcher and educator working in the area of textiles and materials. Her research interests include design for sustainability, collaborative working in the design/science space and the role and value of craft knowledge within these contexts. She is also an editor of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. Find out more about Faith’s work at www.faithkane.com
Associate Professor Oli Wilson
Oli’s research seeks to make our creative sectors more sustainable, accessible, and fairer. He has collaborated on major research projects with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Toi Mai workforce development council, and APRA-AMCOS among others. He is also an accomplished artist, and regularly tours internationally as keyboardist with The Chills.
Kerry Ann Lee
Kerry Ann Lee is an artist, designer and scholar whose research explores exchange and transformation in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. She is Creative Director of the Asian Aotearoa Arts programme, and is well-known for her publishing, fanzine and illustration work. Lee exhibits nationally and internationally, and has been awarded residencies in China, Taiwan, USA, Mexico and Australia.
Our college is home to three schools.
The School of Art – Whiti o Rehua expands and challenges people's perceptions of the world.
Wellington School of Design – Ngā Pae Mahutonga has a global reputation for innovative problem-solving through design.
Responding to Aotearoa New Zealand’s reputation for innovation and creativity in both music and media production.
Creative arts news
Asian Arts Aotearoa Hui, led by the College of Creative Arts and Associate Professor Kerry Ann Lee, is underway in Pōneke Wellington.
Nick Holland has won the top national award for his re-engineered drug testing kit called Pre-Podium that aims to improve the athlete experience.
An evolving project, which has revealed that drawing can clinically improve the lives of those living with dementia, is set to begin its next step.
A day after the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption in January 2022, PhD student and Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE scholar Matt Luani was called to help.