Background and people
Ko wai au
I te taha o toku papa
Ko Titirangi te Maunga
Ko Uawanui-a-Ruamatua te Awa
Ko Horouta te Waka
Ko Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti te Marae
Ko Ruakapanga te Whare
Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi
Ko Harmony Repia toku ingoa.
Kia ora, my name is Harmony Repia. Nō Tūranganui-a-Kiwa ahau. I am a 2018 MDes graduate from Ngā Pae Māhutonga – the School of Design at
I am interested in community projects that benefit Māori and indigenous people through research or design projects.
Educated as visual communicator, I thoroughly enjoy working collaboratively and can apply my design skills in a variety of areas including discovering user insights, building empathy, and putting people at the centre of design.
My geneology on my father’s side
Titirangi is my mountain
Uawanui-a-Ruamatua is my river
Horouta is my canoe
Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti is my Marae
Ruakapanga is my ancestral house
Ngāti Porou is my iwi
My name is Harmony Repia
This project was supervised by the following staff from the School of Design at:
Jo is a Lecturer in Visual Communication at the School of Design, Massey University in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand and a PhD candidate in Science and Society at Victoria University of Wellington. Her PhD research is using design as a process to explore ways to help scientist-communicators user-centre their communication. As a designer her practice focuses on systems for facilitating access to information.
Tristam Sparks is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Design within the College of Creative Arts at Massey University. His research interests include the effect of technology on sociocultural systems and science communication. To date this has focussed on democratised crisis management in the event of a natural disaster.
Prior to his recent practice as a consultant designer, Tristam led User Experience at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London where he introduced human centred design and cross channel communication practices. While living in Europe, Tristam was able to exercise his passion for science subjects attending invitation only events at NASA, the ESA and CNES. He is a keen photographer and has also professionally practiced in motion graphics and videography.
To my daughter, thank you for your love and patience.
Specials thanks to my supervisors Jo Bailey and Tristam Sparks for your guidance and immense support. I will value the knowledge you have shared with me for the rest of my design practise. I would also like to acknowledge my whanau and friends who encouraged me every step along the way. And lastly thank you to all of the participants who shared your knowledge and expertise with me, aroha nui.