Creativity and Curation


A desire to find local taonga lost from memory led Toihoukura Māori Visual Art and Design School Associate Professor Steve Gibbs on his research journey – one that also took him to Europe.

The taonga Steve went in search of were hoe (waka paddles) and a woven cloak acquired by James Cook at a meeting with local Māori on board  the HMS Endeavour, while it lay becalmed off the coast of Gisborne, not far from where EIT Tairawhiti’s Toihoukura, School of Māori Visual Arts, is now situated.


Matthew Marshall, Professor of Music and Head of EIT Ideaschool has recently focused on publishing, performing and recording the works of New Zealand classical guitar composers to international audiences.Driven by a need to create a sense of identity for guitar music from New Zealand, Matthew’s research involves collaboration with New Zealand classical guitar composers who he has commissioned specifically to write for him. He then performs and records their music in New Zealand and overseas.

Archive projects

Professor Natalie Waran and Associate Professor Jonathan Sibley are working with highly regarded Napier architect Guy Natusch and his family to establish the Natusch archive at EIT. This rich resource traces the history of the Natusch family’s extensive contribution to architecture in Wellington, the lower North Island and the Hawke’s Bay across three generations. EIT Research & Innovation are now determining how best to catalogue the archive.