Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

  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 coowning and running a locallymanufactured 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 decisionmaking..

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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Pam Hodgkinson
Student Advisor PamH@op.ac.nz

  Diane McKenzie
School Administrator dianem@op.ac.nz

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

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

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

Tania is a Senior Lecturer (Fashion) and since 1995 has worked as a selfemployed fashion and textile designer, specialising in madetomeasure garments. She holds a Diploma in Craft Design (Textiles), Certificate in Fashion and Design, BCApSc, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching and a Postgraduate Certificate in Adaptive Design. Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions, theatre performances and wearable art awards, and her areas of interest include design and construction of usercentred garments, textile manipulation and surface decoration.

Publications and Research

Allan Ross. T.A. (2010). Designing Multi-sensory Learning Environments for Students who are Challenged by Sensory Experiences. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) Published by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura matatini ki Otago. Dunedin. ISSN Hardcopy: 11775653.Online: 1177-5661. Volume 4. November 2009 (released 2010) 4 pages. pp166-170.

Database: Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design)which is catalogued on the EBSCO Database in recognition of academic quality and alignment with international peer review processes. Article available online: http://www.thescopes.org/art/issues.php?issue=4&title=Art+%26+Design

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

Margo is the Academic Leader for Fashion and is currently completing her PhD. 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. In 2010, she joined the judging panel for the Mittelmoda Awards a prestigious international competition for fashion designers. Margo has spent almost a decade establishing links between Mittelmoda and local equivalent, iD Dunedin, which highlights the benefits of Dunedins collaborative community working environment.

Publications and Research

Barton, M. (2014). Cross Cultural Fashion Collaborations. The ITENZ 2014 Annual Conference was held at the Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September.

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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 and recently worked on the design and production of digital and interactive exhibits at the Otago Settlers Museum with fellow staff and students. She is a member of Aotearoa Digital Arts network, involved with various community arts committees, and is currently writing her PhD through Queensland College of Arts, Brisbane.

Publications and Research

Mann, S., Dorsett, G., Farquharson, T., McConnochie, H., McCaw, C., Alexander, D., and Mann, A. (2010). Rescue me: tangible collaboration. Poster paper at the 1st annual conference of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand (CINTRENZ) incorporating the 23rd Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ), Dunedin, New Zealand, 5 - 9 July, with Samuel Mann and Michael Verharrt (Eds). http://naccq.ac.nz/index.php/conference-2010

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

Jane is the Academic Leader for Creative Studies and is also a performance, sound and installation artist who exhibits throughout the country. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Dunedin School of Art and a PhD in Fine Arts from Griffith University Queensland, Australia. Making various gadgets and machines has been Janes passion for more than ten years and she describes her works as crafted assemblage her instruments and objects give a new lease of life to materials many people regard as rubbish.

Publications and Research

Venis,J. (2015). The Paradox of Chindogu Palais 21. The magazine of the Palais de Tokyo a high profile public contemporary art gallery in Paris. I was asked to write this article to acompany the exhibition 'Le Bord des mondes' or in English 'At the edge of the worlds'. This is an exhibition of high profile international artists who work in fields that are on the edge of the art world. My article is about Kenji Kawakami's chindogu works. He is one of the featured artists in the exhibition. C:\Users\janev\Desktop\PBRF\Magazine Palais #21 (PDF of article). http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/en/publications/magazine-palais-21

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

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 microarchitecture. 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.

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

  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 and theoryHistory papers. 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.

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 (2015). Te Araroa Drawing Expedition [] DSA Gallery. Dunedin. NZ

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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

  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., Wilson, J., Miller, M., Leyton, L., Henderson, L., with Communication BDes students and graduates. (2011) “The year was 1942”, interactive exhibition. Otago Settlers Museum.

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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 parttime 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).

Publications and Research

Malthus, J. (2012). Black in the Victorian Era. Black: The History of Black in Fashion, Society and Culture in New Zealand. Curated by Doris de Pont. Penguin Books, Auckland, 2012, pp60-79, 223-224.

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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

Oliver, M., McCaw, C., Leyton, L. (2011). Playful Integration of Social and Studio Practices. POPCAANZ, Second Annual Popular Culture Conference of Australia and New Zealand, June 2011, Auckland, New Zealand. Accepted on basis of joint proposal.

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  Leigh Paterson
Lecturer - 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 work is informed by eastern and western methodologies. As a conceptual designer, she theorizes her design practice in a multicultural environment, and thoughts about subjectivities and identity created through different fashion systems. Her current research involves drape exploration within the Eastern methodology.

Publications and Research

Rana Shailaj, R. & Swale, S. (2014). Drape As Alternative Teaching And Learning Process in Fashion Design. Proceedings of the 2014 National Tertiary Learning And Teaching Conference, SIT, Invercargill, 1 - 3 October. http://www.ntltconference.ac.nz/

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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. He has worked in several design studios, alongside designers such as Nicholas Blanchet and Tanya Carlson, and spent a lot of time working in leather and slink garment design and manufacture. Simon also gained experience working with bigger companies using offshore production and operated a small design and retail store with his wife as a seewhathappens experimental endeavour.

Publications and Research

Rana Shailaj, R. & Swale, S. (2015). Drape as an Alternative Teaching and Learning Process in Fashion Design. Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research (SITJAR).
ISSN: 1175-1061

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

Jon is a skilled Director of Photography, Filmmaker and parttime 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.

  Meg Brasell-Jones
Senior Lecturer, Communication mbraselljones@op.ac.nz

Meg worked for Otago Polytechnic in 2006 and rejoined the Design staff in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Communication. Her research expertise is in design and social responsibility and she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History Theory), Diploma for Graduates in Design Studies, Diploma of Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma (Consumer and Applied Science), Masters in Design Studies (Consumer and Applied Science) a Certificate in Adult Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.

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


  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 parttime Technician. In 2009, he became the sole workshop Technician.

Support Staff

Sandra Adams
Part-time Lecturer sadams@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 wellknown 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 artistinresidence 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

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

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