Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

  Marie (Caroline) Terpstra
Head of School - Design, Food Design Institute carolinet@op.ac.nz

Kia ora, ko Caroline Terpstra tohoku ikoa.I am the Head of Te Maru Pumanawa - incorporating the School of Design and the Food Design Institute here at Otago Polytechnic.Te Maru Pumanawa can be translated as sheltering and nurturing innate creativity. Students who are studying design - across all the discipline areas of communication, fashion, food, interiors and product design - are encouraged and supported to respond creatively to a design brief. We also make the most of opportunities for students to work together on interdisciplinary projects, helping them to identify the strengths and experiences that they can bring to a team.Our goal is to help students to find their own voice as designers and to prepare them for the reality of their chosen field in design by providing critical feedback, quality resources, staff with design industry experience and a supportive environment. Classes are small so we get to know all our students well. Students are able to connect to their chosen design field through work placements and workplace visits, live industry and community projects, exchanges to Asia and Europe, competitions and seminars. There is now a large network of OP design graduates working locally and internationally. I have been actively involved in the growth of the School of Design and am excited about my new role as Head of Te Maru Pumanawa because we already have close connections with our colleagues in food design and see this is an area with huge potential for growth iand collaboration n the future. Before coming to Otago Polytechnic I worked mainly in the fashion area, teaching professional practice, business studies and garment construction and worked for a number of years in professional theatre, designing and making costumes for the stage. Twelve years experience of co-owning and running a locally-manufactured childrens wear label sharpened my business and management skills. As well as Diploma in Home Science from Otago University, I have a Bachelor of Applied Management and am studying towards a Master in Design Enterprise focusing on connecting design thinking tools and methodologies to management and decision-making..

Publications and Research

Qi, Z., Terpstra, C., Findlay, J. (2014) A Master Degree Program Development for the Study Pathways from Bachelor of Engineering Technology Conference paper presented at Frontiers in Education Conference - October 22-25, Madrid, Spain.

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Pam Hodgkinson
Student Advisor PamH@op.ac.nz

  Diane McKenzie
School Administrator dianem@op.ac.nz

Diane joined Otago Polytechnic as a full time administrator in 2001. Her responsibilities include financials, student administration, staff support, and administration duties within the Schools of Design and Social Services. She also provides administration support to the Safety and Wellbeing Manager.

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

  Tania Allan Ross
Principal Lecturer - Cert Fashion Studies Manager TRoss@op.ac.nz

Tania is a Principal Lecturer (Fashion) and since 1995 has worked as a self-employed fashion and textile designer, specialising in made-to-measure garments. She holds a Master of Design Enterprise, Postgraduate Certificate in Adaptive Design, Bachelor of Consumer Applied Sciences, Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Diploma in Craft Design (Textiles), Certificate in Fashion and Design and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions, theatre performances and wearable art awards, her areas of interest include design and construction of user-centred garments, textile manipulation and surface decoration.

Publications and Research

Allan Ross, T.A. (2015) Sensational Apparel. Altogether Autism Conference 2015, Auckland, 22-23 July.

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  Margo Barton
Academic Leader - Fashion margob@op.ac.nz

Margo is the Academic Leader for Fashion. She has Dress Design Certificate from TAFEs Fashion Design Studio in Sydney, Australia, and worked in the fashion industry for many years. Her PhD is from RMIT, Australia. A recipient of a New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Award in 2007, she is passionate about fashion education and establishing networks within the global fashion industry to benefit Design students. Margos research, both designing and writing, focusses on the discourse between the designer and the wearer, especially for emerging fashion. This incorporates her Citizen Stylist project work. Her work traverses the interface between physical and digital designing. She is a frequent exhibitor, curator and presenter. Margo has been a member of the Executive Board of iD Fashion Week Dunedin since 2001 and Deputy Chair since 2015. She initiated the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, held annually since 2003, which attract over 150 entries annually from graduates of the top international fashion schools. She is an external examiner for postgraduate students at AUT and Massey University, is on the Course Advisory Board for fashion at TAFE NSW in Australia, and is a member of the executive board of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). Margo fosters international exchanges and collaborations for students and faculty.

Publications and Research

Barton, M (2017) When Dreams Turn to Gold - The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998 When Dreams Turn to Gold - The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998,; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Dunedin, New Zealand.
18th Mar 2017 - 25th Jun 2017

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  Caroline McCaw
Academic Leader - Communication CarolineM@op.ac.nz

Caro is Academic Leader for Communication and teaches across a range of courses including Interaction Design and Studio Projects. She is involved in a wide range of creative projects. Caro McCaw investigates how we come to understand our landscapes, local knowledge, and regional cultures and contexts through collaborative creative practice. She asks how we may work around colonial ways of seeing to visualize and understand our shared histories and sites more socially. She is involved in a wide range of local community and regional development projects often working with collaborative student-staff teams, and local community groups, including museums.Caro was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at SUNY Canton, in Upstate New York,

Publications and Research

McCaw, C, Oliver M, Glen, L. (2016) Design education in, with and through exhibition contexts: A design school working in social history storytelling partnerships in New Zealand. Chapter in Gregory Chamberlain's (ed) Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice Museum Identity Ltd., ISBN: 978-0-9567677-9-0. http://www.museum-id.com/book-detail.asp?id=242

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  Jane Venis
Academic Leader- Creative Studies / Postgraduate Supervisor (Art) janev@op.ac.nz

Dr Jane Venis is a multi-media artist, musician and writer. Her studio practice focuses on the absurdities and concerns of contemporary popular culture, which is expressed through the making of objects, video, sound and performance works. Recent solo installations have taken place in public galleries and museums in New Zealand and she has contributed to juried group exhibitions in the USA and China. Her current writing links to her studio practice and focuses on how the creative practice of Japanese chindogu can be used to discuss the tension between art and design. Jane is the Academic Leader for Creative Studies and teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the College of Art and Design and Architecture. She has a Master of Fine Arts from the Dunedin School of Art and a PhD in Fine Arts from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia. Jane has eight years experience supervising postgraduate students. She supports students in their dissertation writing, coming from a position as a practising artist familiar with studio practice.

Publications and Research

Venis, Jane. (2017) The Brass Section. As part of "Anything Could Happen" Yu Gallery, Yu Yuan Gardens, Shanghai, China. May 8th to June 9th 2017 curated by Anthony Deaker, Margo Barton and Jane Malthus.

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  Machiko Niimi
Academic Leader Product Design machikon@op.ac.nz

Machiko is a Senior Lecturer and the Academic Leader for Product Design and postgraduate studies. Machiko has a Master of Design from the University of Otago and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology which she has found useful for informing her design practice. Prior to joining the Design School staff, she was Co-Director of Ooid Design. Sustainability and product design have been a recurring theme of Machikos design career. She uses human-centred design strategies, design-thinking and design for sustainable behaviour. Her teaching and supervision emphasises partnerships with communities and local organisations.

Tobias Danielmeier
Academic Leader - Architectural Studies tobiasd@op.ac.nz


  Christopher Fersterer
Senior Lecturer - Interiors ChrisF@op.ac.nz

Chris is a senior lecturer working with Interior and product design and has a big passion for micro-architecture. His current research explores what can be achieved in relatively small spaces the ways in which we can live with a smaller footprint, using design to deliver more for less. Chris enjoyed the challenge of integrating these values into the curriculum and has developed a prototype called BatchBOX which he has set up on his property to test other sustainable systems.

Publications and Research

Finnie, D., Fersterer, C., Qi, Z., Terpstra, C. (2014) A student project development for multidisciplinary programs at Otago Polytechnic 2014 Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE2014), Wellington, New Zealand

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  Tracy Kennedy
Senior Lecturer; Manager Dfi tracyk@op.ac.nz

Tracy joined OP in 1998 and has been the Manager of the Dunedin Fashion Incubator since June 2009 supporting and mentoring emerging designers. Tracy is also a Senior Lecturer in Design with a particular interest in sustainable models and social enterprsie within the fashion industry and the implications for stakeholders and educators. In another life she worked for a large knitwear manufacturer and has run her own small knitwear design business. Tracy liaises closely with the fashion industry and the business community as part of her role as Dfi manager and educator. For more information, visit www.dfi.co.nz and www.op.ac.nzstudycreativedesign

Publications and Research

Kennedy,T.& Terpstra, C. (2013) A stitch in time saves nine: Identifying pedagogies for teaching sustainability issues to fashion students. The Research Journal of Textile and Apparel (RJTA) published by Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 17, No. 2, May 2013. 4612 words.

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  Annette Cadogan
Lecturer-in-Charge Year 2 Fashion annettec@op.ac.nz

Annette is currently employed as a Lecturer in Fashion with strengths in pattern making, construction and design. In 2008, she was part of the Dunedin Fashion Incubator (Dfi) team, delivering technical workshops around the region. Annette has considerable industry experience as she has worked for a number of top New Zealand designers and has her own successful fashion label, Iris, which was selected for the iD Dunedin show in 2012.

Publications and Research

Barton, M., Malthus, J. & Cadogan, A. (2017) Anything Could Happen, A cross cultural investigation into sustainable fashion practice. Presentation of the exhibition and project at the 23rd International Fashion Forum of Shanghai International Fashion Cultural Festival and the 16th Greater Donghua Fashion Week, Donghua University, Shanghai China. 24 May 2017.

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  Colleen Fay
SeniorLecturer, Interiors, BAS (Design / Postgraduate Supervisor (Art) colleenf@op.ac.nz

Col is a Senior Lecturer working within the Interior Design and Bachelor of Architectural Studies programmes and teaches Studio, Theory and History papers. She is an editorial assistant for one of Otago Polytechnics journals. Col has a Master of Fine Arts from Dunedin School of Art and a teaching qualification. Her passion for design is based around the understanding of space as an interactive relationship between the human body and the environment. Col views her own practice as an interdisciplinary interrogation of Art, Design and Architecture. She sees her role as postgraduate supervisor as one of facilitation, listening to her students and helping them express their excellence based on their strengths.

Publications and Research

Fay, C., Zellmer, J and Last, A. (2009) (2009) Contemporary Jewellery is Dead. Conference. ANZAAE, 2009, Dunedin, 23/04/09, 120-minute workshop, selection by panel.

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  Hannah Joynt
Lecturer, Creative Studies HannahJ@op.ac.nz

Hannah has been working in the School of Design since 2007 and is a Lecturer in Creative Studies. Her teaching practice is informed by her art practice. Since graduating with a BFA from OP in 2006, Hannah has been building her reputation as an emerging artist in the South Island of New Zealand. In 2009, she won the COCA Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award (Christchurch) and the Edinburgh Realty Art Award in 2010 (Dunedin.)

Publications and Research

Joynt.H. (2016) Fiordland Illuminations. A series of 20 water color sketches in Ocular Itinerary Art in Law XV, a group Exhibition curated by Marion Wassenaar, Richardson Building. Otago University. Dunedin. 31 March - 7 June.

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  Martin Kean
Senior Lecturer – Communication martink@op.ac.nz

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design, Communication, focusing on design for print and screen, typography, prepress, web design and digital skills. I have an external design practice and a research thread.

Publications and Research

Kean, M. (2014) Open source publishing in design education. ASCILITE Conference, November 2014 http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/sharing-practice/

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  Stella Lange
Senior Lecturer - Fashion stellal@op.ac.nz

Stella is the postgraduate coordinator in the School of Design and a senior lecturer. Stellas research interests are in craft and repair, bridging historical research with contemporary practice. Stella has a PhD in garment leather, and a Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science (First Class Honours), both from the University of Otago. Stella has been a PhD examiner for RMIT in Melbourne and AUT in Auckland, and a Masters examiner for Massey University and AUT. She is on Otago Polytechnics Ethics Committee. Stella helps her postgraduate students develop their thinking and writing from their design practice.

Publications and Research

Lange, S (2011) Impoverished Craft Engangled, Http://entangledmagazine.com, Issue , pp 132-141

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  Leyton Glen
Part-time Lecturer - Communication Design Leyton@op.ac.nz

Leyton thinks that stories and narrative play a strong part in our lives. He shares the drive to tell engaging stories with his students through interactive exhibits and installations. Leyton also enjoys working with sound and music having a successful freelance career as a music producer and sound designer. He has a B.A from Otago University. He also collects vintage luggage

Publications and Research

McCaw, C, Oliver M, Glen, L. (2016) Design education in, with and through exhibition contexts: A design school working in social history storytelling partnerships in New Zealand. Chapter in Gregory Chamberlain's (ed) Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice Museum Identity Ltd., ISBN: 978-0-9567677-9-0. http://www.museum-id.com/book-detail.asp?id=242

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  Jane Malthus
Lecturer (part-time), Fashion JaneM@op.ac.nz

Jane is a Dress Historian and Museum Curator who has lectured part-time in Fashion at OP since 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Home Science (University of Otago), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Otago Polytechnic), Master of Science (Kansas State University) and a Doctor of Philosophy (HistoryClothing and Textile Sciences) (University of Otago).Her research concentrates mostly on the historical, social and cultural intersections and implications of dress and textiles worn and used by nineteenth and twentieth century New Zealanders. Multidisciplinary and co-curatorial approaches are used. With post graduate students, she teaches research methods, advocating fo the wide range of methods students can draw on depending on their projects.

Publications and Research

Malthus, J. (2016) 'New Zealand's World of Fashion' Tour 1971: an expression of national identity? Presented at 'The Full Cleveland: Dress as Communication, Self-expression and Identity. 42nd Costume Society of America Symposium, Cleveland, Ohio, May 25-28, 2016

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  Cyndy McKenzie
Lecturer - Fashion Design (Textiles) cyndymck@op.ac.nz

Cyndy is a practicing textile artist who teaches textiles in the School of Design Fashion programmes. Within her practice, she has predominantly worked in the field of FashionArt Installation over the past ten years, and her work, exhibited both in New Zealand and Australia, situates her practice as a maker and a collector. Cyndy likes work that evolves from an immediate response to a material, a place, a space or a surface.

Publications and Research

Mckenzie, Cyndy. (2008) Context dress/fashion/textiles.
The Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand. ISSN 1176-3132 Context, Issue 16; November 2008, page 29.

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  Katy Molloy
Lecturer, Creative Studies KatyM@op.ac.nz

Katy is a Lecturer in Creative Studies in the School of Design. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching from Otago Polytechnic . Her interests include identity in online culture and performance art, and she is currently producing a range of carpet rugs under the title of, Freestyle Floorware this practice has a focus on sustainability and questions traditional floorware.

Gavin O'Brien
Senior Lecturer Part-time gobrien@op.ac.nz

  Morgan Oliver
Lecturer - Creative Studies & Communication Design MorganO@op.ac.nz

Morgan is an interactive artist and designer, lecturing in Communication Design at Otago Polytechnic. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Dunedin School of Art at OP. Morgan has exhibited at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Blue Oyster Gallery, The Honeymoon Suite and The High Street Project (Christchurch). Morgan has a passion for teaching animation and interactive screen design and has recently initiated the first game design project taught at the School of Design. Morgan encourages hands on learning through a playful and experimental approach with a strong focus on digital tools.

Publications and Research

McCaw, C, Oliver M, Glen, L. (2016) Design education in, with and through exhibition contexts: A design school working in social history storytelling partnerships in New Zealand. Chapter in Gregory Chamberlain's (ed) Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice Museum Identity Ltd., ISBN: 978-0-9567677-9-0. http://www.museum-id.com/book-detail.asp?id=242

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  Leigh Paterson
Lecturer - Year 1 Coordinator, Communication Design LeighP@op.ac.nz


  Rekha Rana Shailaj
Senior Lecturer - Fashion rekhar@op.ac.nz

Rekha is an Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Design (Fashion) graduate and is now employed as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion, teaching in areas such as digital pattern making, fashion design and textiles. She finished her Masters of Fine Art (Design) from Otago Polytechnic in 2011 with distinction. Rekhas research is based on reflective studio practice incorporating critical making, writing and analysing. This is informed through reflection on both current fashion issues and how they relate to Eastern and Western methodologies and aesthetics. She aims to understand clothing as an extension of the wearer and its semiotic signification in the field of fashion and textiles. Rekha has experience working with international students. As a postgraduate supervisor she provides a wide perspective to guide students on practice and theory, helping them to develop conceptual ideas into commercially viable projects. She is currently assisting Dunedin Public Art Gallery with a cultural event.

Publications and Research

Shailaj, R. R. (2016) Post-Fashion, Hybridity, The Unconventional: Implicates the End of Fashion. presented at the conference "The End of Fashion" 8 - 9th December hosted by Massey University, Wellington.

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  Simon Swale
Lecturer - Fashion SimonS@op.ac.nz

Simon has been a lecturer in Design at Otago Polytechnic since 2007. Prior to this, he spent many years within the fashion and clothing industry.

Publications and Research

Swale, S. (2016) Speed, Technology, Entropy. Proceedings of the The End of Fashion: An International Conference 8, 9 December 2016 College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington.

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  Jon Wilson
Lecturer (part-time), Communication jonw@op.ac.nz

Jon is a skilled Director of Photography, Filmmaker and part-time Communications Lecturer in the School of Design. After film school, he trained on several feature films and TV dramas in Europe including The Full Monty and Spice Girls. He has since worked as a Director of Photography on TV commercials, shorts and documentaries. Since moving to Dunedin, Jon has worked on various projects including The Haka Peepshow and I Survived a Zombie Holocaust, and has also produced and directed many projects for NewSplash.

  Megan (Meg) Brasell-Jones
Senior Lecturer, Yr 2 Coordinator Communication mbraselljones@op.ac.nz

Meg is a Senior Lecturer in visual communication design at The College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA). Her research expertise is in design, social responsibility and sustainability. She holds a Masters in Design Studies (Consumer and Applied Science), a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Theory), Postgraduate Diploma and Diploma for Graduates in Design Studies (Consumer and Applied Science) from the University of Otago, a Diploma of Teaching from the Dunedin College of Education, a Certificate in Adult Teaching from CPIT (Ara) and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice from Otago Polytechnic. Meg has a student centred approach to postgraduate supervision that encourages creative, critical and sustainable thinking.

Alex Lovell-Smith
Part-time Lecturer :Design / Digital Photography and Electronic Arts (Art) alovellsmith@op.ac.nz

  Andrew Wallace
Lecturer Product Design awallace@op.ac.nz

2015 German Product Excellence Design Award2013 Red Dot design award, Honorable mention2013 Finalist NZ innovators awards, Science and Medicine2013 Finalist NZ innovators awards, Design and Technology2013 Bronze NZ Design Awards2008 IF Design Award

Publications and Research

Wallace, A,. & Donaldson,M. (2017) WellSouth Diabetes Educational Kit https://educators.co.nz/story/3d-printing-revolutionises-health-education-south-island/

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  Ian Barker
Technician, School of Design workshop IanB@op.ac.nz

Ian is the Technician within the School of Design workshop and has always had a fascination with design. He graduated from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Design (Product) in 2004 and midway through 2005, was taken on as part-time Technician. In 2009, he became the sole workshop Technician.

Leigh Moses
Technician, Administration and Lecturer. lmoses@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

Sandra Adams
Part-time Lecturer sadams@op.ac.nz

Mat Caird
Lecturer - Communication MatC@op.ac.nz

Joan Leach
Part-time lecturer JoanL@op.ac.nz

  Kerry Ann Lee
Senior Lecturer, Communication kerryannl@op.ac.nz

Kerry Ann is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and is well-known for her work in underground publishing and punk fanzines, enjoying international exposure and cult readership over the past 13 years. In 2007, Kerry Ann received the Asia New Zealand Emerging Researcher Award, and in 2008, she created Home Made, a lavishly illustrated artist book that celebrated an alternative cultural history of Chinese settlement in New Zealand. She was also selected as an international artist-in-residence for Visible City, the keynote event for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October 2010. For more information about Kerry Ann, visit httpcircuit.org.nzsitesdefaultfilesartistsdocumentsKerry20Ann20Lee20Bio202620CV.pdf

Publications and Research

Lee, K. (2009) AFTER ANARCHIC SUBJECTIVISM Two new digital collages by Kerry Ann Lee ('Little Death' and 'New Teeth') published as part of a print exhibition, 'After Anarchic Subjectivism' curated by Andrea Bell for Hue & Cry Journal, Issue 3, May 2009 (ISSN:1178-2374). Other artists featured in this article are Armit Charan and Kate Newby. The artwork was re-published in Creative New Zealand's Contestible Funding Guide 2010. This output is quality assured through journal peer-review and curation processes.

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Pip McQuillan
Teaching Research Assistant - Year 3 and Lecturer - Certificate in Fashion Studies Pip@op.ac.nz

Michael Lameta
T.R.A. mlameta@op.ac.nz