• The Aesthetic Lives of Particular Nobodies: Exploring Phantasmic Fictional Character Narratives on Instagram

      Crowe, Ellen (Auckland University of Technology, 2019)
      This visual illustrative project explores the inherent fictionality of Instagram. Imagining Instagram as an urban environment, it follows the fictional lives of two main protagonists and their virtual circle of friends. ...
    • Are Korero

      Nia, Eruera Te Whiti (Auckland University of Technology, 2010)
      This Project is a sculptural and spatial response to the concept of the Are Korero (house of history and learning) within the Paepae Ariki, Taputapuatea. In considering the philosophical and cultural basis that might ...
    • Becoming – Pakeha: questioning the use of native birds in representation as a means of exploring New Zealand post-settler identity in visual art

      Wilkin-Slaney, Katherine (Auckland University of Technology, 2008)
      The depiction of birds by artists such as Don Binney, Bill Hammond, Michael Parekowhai and Grant Whibley has served as metaphors in the conceptual systems of post-settler New Zealanders’ expression of identity. This project ...
    • Creative Reportage (story-making from the social terrain of the everyday)

      Thomas, David Edwin (Auckland University of Technology, 2009)
      Creative Reportage refers to a theorised arts practice methodology of making installation artworks from everyday story subject matter. I coined the name story-making to neatly encompass the ideals of this practice that ...
    • Faito'o Fakatonga: The Visual Practice of Traditional Medicine Making and Healing Practices From Tonga to Aotearoa

      Finau, Malia Lesieli (Auckland University of Technology, 2016)
      This project is a moving image art project using the concept of Veitalatala (poetic documentary) (as defined by Talita Toluta’u (2014) that will explore faito’o (traditional medicine) and kau faito’o (native doctors), the ...
    • Hau Rongo: the Breath of Rongo

      Luke, Bobby (Auckland University of Technology, 2016)
      This project is underpinned by a Taranaki genealogical worldview informing a series of knowledge exchanges that establishes the concept of ‘Ora ki te Whakatupua’, ‘sustaining life knowledge anew’. From a cosmological ...
    • I Sea a Vessel Filled With Tea: A Sculptural Practice Exploring Day-to-day Wāhine Ways Through Whakapapa Layers

      Matthews, Chantel (Auckland University of Technology, 2021)
      This thesis engages in a sculptural practice to explore concepts of wāhine and whakapapa and the complexities these concepts bring to lived realities of wāhine. It is upheld by a scaffold of Māori and Indigenous academics, ...
    • Interwoven Dress Cultures of New Zealand

      Ward, Junette (Auckland University of Technology, 2006)
      The aim of this thesis is to analyse, design and produce a trans-seasonal daywear collection of women's contemporary fashion garments that reflect aspects of Aotearoa. Specific influence has been drawn from an investigation ...
    • Karanga Mai Karanga Mai: An Exploration of Photographic Sovereignty

      Smith, Rochelle Huia (Auckland University of Technology, 2006)
      Since the advent of the Kodak Instamatic, photography has become increasingly disposable and lost archival qualities have been lost. During that time, Maori have revitalised their culture resulting in a new generation who ...
    • Ko te matou kaiga tenei

      Tulafono, Kelsi (Auckland University of Technology, 2018)
      In 1966, my grandparents and five of their children migrated from Tokelau to New Zealand. They have resided in our family homestead in Māngere East since 1970. Ko te matou kaiga tenei is a moving image based project that ...
    • Locating interiority: text, image, identity, and the domestic

      Cunniffe, Paula Marie (Auckland University of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis investigates ideas of interiority and thought in relation to the building of self identity. I express them through the visual means of text and photography, resulting in a conceptual self-portrait by way of ...
    • The Ocean is Calling Me Home: Settler-Indigenous Relationships of Te Moananui a Kiwa

      Parr, Emily (Auckland University of Technology, 2020)
      'The ocean is calling me home: settler-indigenous relationships of Te Moananui a Kiwa' seeks to understand whose waters I come from, what my waka look like, and how I might come to know my stories. Through looking to ...
    • Reimagining Maori identity in Art

      Wickliffe, Cora-Allan (Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
      This project explores the art environment as a constructor of identity and a potential site of misrepresentation in relation to indigenous identities. These representations have created a viewing perception, and lend ...
    • Searching for magic in Dog Town: a photographic journey

      Hendeles, Su (Auckland University of Technology, 2015)
      This project began as an exploration of Henry F. Talbot’s 1839 description of his new photographic process as “a little bit of magic realized”. It examines the role of sympathetic magic and the participation of non-human ...
    • Tama Samoa Tama Aotearoa

      Sagapolutele, Raymond (Auckland University of Technology, 2019)
      This project takes the Samoan practice of Fāgogo (storytelling) as a central approach and frames it using the contexts of Talanoa (conversation),Vā (relational space) and photographic self-portraiture. My research questions ...
    • Tauwehe: a photographic exploration of dislocation and displacement themes in Maori oral histories of te hononga (land kinship)

      Davis, Marsha Elaine (Auckland University of Technology, 2009)
      Aue, Marsha, it’s awful…look what they’ve done to the whenua, aue, aue. I heard inflections of despair, sadness and regret in my Mother’s voice as she saw the new coastal residential development cutting into what was once ...
    • Te Kāuru Hou—A New Leaf: Processing Harakeke (Phormium tenax) for WholeGarment® Knitting Technology – Shima Seiki

      Alexander-Maaka, Kimberley (Auckland University of Technology, 2021)
      There is demand for high-quality natural fabrics, which are cultivated and transformed by processes that are environmentally and culturally sustainable. In response to this demand, and underpinned by Te Ao Māori worldviews ...
    • Te Puna O Āio, the Temple of Potential

      Tawhiao, Tracey (Auckland University of Technology, 2018)
      As a contemporary Māori artist, within Aotearoa, New Zealand, I research what is meant by spirituality or wairua in my art practice; and why Māori art is both a practice and a philosophy that can revive the spirit. I explore ...
    • Te whatu o poutini: a visual art exploration of new media storytelling

      Lee, Michelle (Auckland University of Technology, 2007)
      This visual art project has explored the ancient Maori pukorero (oral tradition) of Te Whatu o Poutini (The Eye of Poutini) that articulates the journey of Poutini Taniwha, Waitaiki and Tamaahua from Tuhua (Mayor Island) ...
    • This Was Now Here! Filmic exploration of hidden meaning imbued in the architectural model

      McCormick, Jason Rodney James (Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      This visual arts research project utilises filmic explorations of scale models to investigate the nature of Colonial Nelson Civic buildings as architectural spaces of implicit and hidden power, with the notion that governance ...