School of Art , Whiti o Rehua

We expand and challenge people's perceptions of the world through exceptional art anchored in Aotearoa New Zealand.


The School of Art – Whiti o Rehua is recognised internationally for staff who are acclaimed thinkers and makers.

Our work and industry experience spans diverse media, from photography to painting, digital art to sculpture. We courageously explore new creative fields, inspiring audiences to think and feel, reflect and act.

As we stand on Pukeahu, a sacred landmark for Wellington mana whenua Te Āti Awa, and with Te Rau Karamu Marae at the heart of our campus, we are expanding our Māori and Pacific creative practice.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey

We are deeply committed to being a Tiriti-led university, 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.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa – The Treaty of Waitangi at Massey

Study with us

Study Fine Arts with us, combining classes with technical workshops to hone your skills.

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The school is closely aligned with the Kaupapa Māori-led Toioho ki Āpiti Māori Visual Arts qualification at the Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.

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Study art & photography

Massey graduates are prepared for a career in fine arts or photography. Get access to expert educators and state-of-the-art facilities. Learn more now.

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Our researchers push the boundaries of contemporary art while tackling crucial cultural, environmental and political issues.

Projects range from indigenous-led international partnerships to to local collaborations that explore identity, whakapapa and the environment.

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Exploring the space between us

Associate Professor Rachael Rakena, Professor Huhana Smith, Massey and external colleagues

Massey artists and educators are creating new global relationships through 'The Space Between Us'. This Indigenous-led initiative explores how digital and new media can express shared experiences of colonisation and engage marginalised communities in art.

The project includes more than 30 partners from:

  • Canada
  • the United States
  • Hawai'i
  • Alaska
  • Greenland
  • New Zealand
  • Finland
  • Australia
  • Norway.

Learn more about The Space Between Us

Land, sea and people

Hemi Macgregor

Recent work by Senior Lecturer Hemi Macgregor explores our connections with the rhythms of nature. Rendered in glowing blues and greens, his abstract paintings are inspired by the patterns of raranga (weaving) and nature's cyclical seasons, while exuding the energy of street art.

Macgregor is a highly respected artist and teacher. In 2020–21, his work was included in Toi Tū Toi Ora, the largest ever exhibition staged by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Indigenous relationships and collaboration are central to his practice.

See images of Macgregor's exhibition Toitū Te Whenua, Toitū Te Moana, Toitū Te Tangata

Toi Tū Toi Ora

Sculpture and society

Richard Reddaway

A survey of 35 years of work by Senior Lecturer Richard Reddaway have highlighted this prolific sculptor's talent for collaboration.

The exhibition at Aratoi Museum of Art and History in Masterton in 2019–20 was called 'It does no harm to wonder / The Body of the Work'. Along with Reddaway's sculpture from the mid-1980s and photomontages from the 1990s it included objects made by local school students and craftspeople.

Reddaway has been making distinctive and diverse sculptural work for decades, including exhibitions in Australia, Peru, Spain, The Netherlands and USA. He produced the first significant showing of New Zealand art in Mexico.

See more of Richard Reddaway's work on his website

Who we are

Our senior staff are artists and expert mentors across a range of media. We encourage our students to express themselves confidently in a precarious world.

Associate Professor Simon Morris

Associate Professor Simon Morris

Te Whare Hera International Artists Residency Coordinator
Associate Professor Raul Ortega Ayala

Associate Professor Raul Ortega Ayala

Associate Head of School
Associate Professor Wayne Barrar

Associate Professor Wayne Barrar

Associate Head of Research
Associate Professor Martin Patrick

Associate Professor Martin Patrick

Doctoral Studies Coordinator

Accreditation and rankings

QS Ranking - Art & Design

College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi ranks in the global top 150 for art and design by QS World University Rankings.

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Massey's College of Creative Arts is New Zealand's only art and design school granted “substantial equivalency” — an international benchmark of quality — by the United States National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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Red Dot Design ranking

Ranked 3rd in Asia-Pacific by International Red Dot Design Awards, the only design school to be ranked in New Zealand and Australia. This significant achievement recognises the high calibre of our teaching staff and the exceptional quality of our students' design concept work.

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Contact the School of Art – Whiti o Rehua

You can tour our campus in Wellington or Toioho ki Āpiti – Māori Visual Arts in Manawatū.

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School of Art – Wellington campus


Physical address
Block 1
Te Whare Pukākā
Mount Cook
Wellington 6021

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Toioho ki Āpiti Māori Visual Arts – Manawatū campus


Physical address
Toioho ki Āpiti
Te Pūtahi-a-Toi – School of Māori Knowledge
Bourke Road
Turitea Campus
Massey University
Palmerston North

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