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College of Creative Arts , Toi Rauwhārangi

Diverse. Dynamic. Daring. The College of Creative Arts — Toi Rauwhārangi explores what the future of creativity looks like in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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.

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

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Professor Ngatai Taepa

Professor Ngatai Taepa

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, College of Creative Arts

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

Professor Huhana Smith

Head of School of Art — Whiti o Rehua

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 Andre Ktori

Head of Te Rewa o Puanga School of Music and Creative Media Production
Professor Brian Lucid

Professor Brian Lucid

Head of Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design
Professor Heather Galbraith

Professor Heather Galbraith

Director Postgraduate

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

Associate Professor Faith Kane

Director Academic

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 . Find out more about Faith’s work at

Associate Professor Oli Wilson

Associate Professor Oli Wilson

Director Research - School of Music and Creative Media Production

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

Director, International

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 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.

Herbee Bartley

Creative Director Pacific


Our college is home to three schools.

School of Art

The School of Art – Whiti o Rehua expands and challenges people's perceptions of the world.

Wellington School of Design

Wellington School of Design – Ngā Pae Mahutonga has a global reputation for innovative problem-solving through design.

School of Music and Creative Media Production

Responding to Aotearoa New Zealand’s reputation for innovation and creativity in both music and media production.

Creative arts news

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2023 Professorial promotions announced

Thursday 30 November 2023

In the most recent promotion round, 18 Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa ſ staff were promoted to Professor and 25 to Associate Professor. The promotions will take effect from 1 January 2024.

'Ki Mua, Ki Muri' a new book charting the path of Toioho ki Āpiti

Monday 27 November 2023

'Ki Mua, Ki Muri' examines the last 25 years of the influential programme that sought to revitalise what it means to be Māori in modern-day Aotearoa. As penned by the forewords of artist Nigel Borell, “Toioho ki Āpiti has led the quiet revolution in Māori art.”

Welcoming Theia as the Mātairangi Mahi Toi Artist in Residence

Friday 24 November 2023

The award-winning Theia, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Tīpa, is the 2023-24 recipient of the Mātairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency.

Renowned musical director empowers Pacific youth to unlock potential through performance

Friday 24 November 2023

An upcoming free community event that celebrates the journey of Pacific peoples marks the latest chapter in a wider initiative to empower and inspire Pacific youth.

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College of Creative Arts – Wellington campus


Physical address
Block 1
Te Whare Pukākā
Mount Cook
Wellington 6021

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