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.


EIT’s IDEAschool has a number of active researchers on staff. Tom Pierard, Lecturer of Music, is one of them, contributing peer-reviewed research since 2018. His love for research stems from enjoying thinking about music and teaching critically, both in his own practice and in the wider sphere. Music technology education is a relatively new field, so there are lots of areas for development! Commercial composition (specifically brand sonic identity) is also a major area of  his research. 

Archive projects

A prestigious Judith Binney Writing Award has ensured that a significant EIT research project seeking to preserve historical Hawke’s Bay Māori manuscripts can continue.

Research Professor David Tipene-Leach and Te Reo Māori researcher and Twist Library archivist, Waitangi Teepa, won the award, which is given by the Judith Binney Trust to support research and writing on New Zealand history. Judith Binney was a renowned New Zealand historian.

EIT | Te Pūkenga lecturer celebrates further success of animated series

Ako For Niños, an animated series co-produced and designed by EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool lecturer James Smith (left), seen here with Sebastian Vidal Bustamante (director), and David van Vliet (stop motion set designer).

An animated series co-produced and designed by EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool kaimahi (lecturer) James Smith, was part of this year’s Māoriland Film Festival.

Ako For Niños, (‘education for children’), is a three-part animated series that aims to help integrate Latin American Tauiwi (refugees and migrants) settled in Aotearoa New Zealand through the introduction of Tikanga Māori (Māori principles and values).


EIT lecturer breaks new ground with Master’s and PhD

Parekura Rohe-Belmont (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine) never thought that she would be pursuing a PhD, especially having just completed her Master’s recently.

In addition to this achievement, Parekura is writing her PhD thesis in te reo Māori.