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Read about what Massey Alumni have been doing since their graduation. If you would like to add your own profile please let us know at alumni@massey.ac.nz

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Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca attended the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design from 1990 -1991, before travelling to the USA...

Maud Sherwood

Maud began classes at the Wellington Technical School of Art in the 1890s, where her teachers included School founder Arthur Riley...

Grenville Main

Managing Director at New Zealand design agency DNA, has made a significant contribution to the design profession and to design in general in New Zealand...

Judy Darragh

Judy Darragh’s multi-disciplined and multi-media works have transformed found, recycled, industrial, and domestic materials into new contexts and new meanings....

E. Mervyn Taylor

E. Mervyn Taylor (1906 – 1964) was a courageous man who dared to become a full-time professional artist, drew inspiration from the New Zealand landscape, and forged a unique path in his portrayal of Maori folklore and mythology....

Grant Davidson

It was during his time studying industrial design at Wellington Polytechnic School of Design that Grant Davidson was introduced to Philips, the largest and most prestigious and global electronics company based in Holland....

Donna Cross & Scott Kennedy

Donna Cross and Scott Kennedy have shaped how Wellingtonians see themselves. Meeting at the Wellington School of Design in the early 80s where both studied Visual Communication Design, Donna and Scott founded their company, Three Eyes, in 1987....

Bill Toomath

Bill Toomath (1925 - 2014) is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading post-war architects, and headed the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design for ten years....

Mark Cleaverley

Mark Cleverley has led a distinguished and varied design career, spanning architecture, graphic design, ceramics, packaging and postage stamps....

Guy Ngan

Guy Ngan was one of New Zealand’s most prolific artists, with many large-scale public artworks located throughout the country. His works include a wide range of media including architectural and freestanding sculpture, design, painting, drawing, interior architecture and printmaking....

Chloe Julian

Chloe has worked for Bendon, designing the Hey Sister brand, then became lead designer in London for the company’s Stella McCartney brand at age 26...

Kate Sylvester

one of New Zealand’s most commercially successful and respected fashion designers, with collections that are highly anticipated at both New Zealand and Australian Fashion weeks....

Mark Pennington

Mark’s design accomplishments with Formway Furniture include the ZAF and LIFE chairs, and the FREE system workstation...

Danny Coster

1993 Danny took his portfolio to studios in New York and California and subsequently began working for Apple Computers. The rest is history, with two decades of contributions to Apple's industrial design team...

Matthew Holmes

Matt has moved from creating some of Nike’s most iconic and successful shoes to directing Creative Strategy for Nikes 100+ footwear designers....

Kate Hawley

Kate's career in costume and theatre design has taken her to the UK, USA and Canada and she has won awards that include the Gold Key Award from the Bretislav Film Festival...

Robin Hammond

Robin contributes to many international magazines including National Geographic, Time Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times, and Polka Magazine. ...

Kura Te Waru Rewiri

Kura assisted the first cultural exchange with Hawaiian artists under the auspices of Māori Arts and South Pacific Arts Council and was a founding member of the Te Atinga Committee, Toi Māori....

Gus Hunter

Gus Hunter had always loved art, but his first job after leaving school was in the public service. As he moved towards a more creative career he worked as a painter with a Wellington based Maori carving group...

Sharon Murdoch

Over the past decade Sharon developed her skill and wit as a nationally recognised professional cartoonist and in so doing has become a trail-blazer for women interested in creating a role in political cartooning. ...

Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell has made a significant contribution to music both in New Zealand and internationally as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and a driving force behind many musical projects....

Julia Morison

Julia Morison has a stellar career spanning four decades, with extensive exhibitions throughout New Zealand and internationally. Her work is renowned for its capacity to push formal and conceptual boundaries and to challenge conventions....

Collette Dinnigan

Collette Dinnigan is a global fashion phenomenon. Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand, she graduated with a diploma in fashion design from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1984...

Joseph Churchward

Joseph Churchward (1932 - 2013) was one of the world’s most productive typesetters in his lifetime, having handcrafted more than 600 original typefaces....

Mark Elmore

Mark Elmore is the head of industrial design at Fisher & Paykel, a multi-award winning design-led company that produces user-centred products for people around the world....

Fane Flaws

After graduating with a diploma in graphic design from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1971, Fane spent the next thirteen years in the music industry, touring extensively in New Zealand and Australia...

Manos Nathan

Manos graduated from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1970, and was at the forefront of the development of the Māori ceramic movement in Aotearoa New Zealand from the early 1980s...

Grant Alexander

In 1976 he took a position as art director at the The New Zealand Listener, and later joined Ray Labone and Trevor Plaisted to establish Nova Pacifica, a company that went on to receive international critical acclaim....

Jane Ussher

Jane became known not only for her extraordinary skill as a photographer but also for the intelligence, spontaneity and perception that she brought to each photoshoot....

John Drawbridge

John attended the Wellington Technical College School of Art in 1947 whilst also training as an art teacher. His varied career included many years spent teaching, as well as time spent in London and Paris exploring and developing his printmaking skills....

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is famed for his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with Peter Jackson, creating all the props, costumes, prosthetics, weaponry and miniatures for this epic trilogy....

Len Lye

Len Lye (1901-1980) was a pioneer of kinetic sculpture and experimental filmmaking and one of New Zealand’s most renowned modernist artists. Always fascinated by light, colour and movement...