The Culture and Design Lab is an indigenous learning, development and strategy company that was established in 2022. We help professionals to disrupt systemic racism and create positive social change for Māori and Pacific peoples. We do this through nudge learning, design thinking tools and strategic communications advice.
Our engaging learning methods and strategic advice can help indigenise workplace systems that impact Māori and Pacific peoples. We strive to get the best outcomes for clients we serve using stories, gamification, emerging disruptive technology and indigenous design.
It can be confronting when talking about shifting systemic racism, especially among professionals in government, C-Suites, NGOs and faculties. Our goal is to create a more equitable future for Māori and Pacific peoples.
Meet the team of The Culture and Design Lab
In 2021 I gained my Master’s Degree in Technological Futures focussing on how emerging disruptive technologies might raise the cultural intelligence of subject matter experts, and disrupt systemic racism. At the same time I studied systems practice with Acumen Academy and the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5).
In 2020 I interned with the Co-Design Lab and The Southern Initiative at Auckland Council as a graphic designer. I am now freelancing as an illustrator and graphic designer and extending my practice by studying Māori and Indigenous Arts at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. View some of my latest work here.
With over 30 years working as a commissioned Màori artist and carver, Patena brings his expertise and knowledge in traditional Màori art. In 2004, he studied a Bachelors in FIne Arts at Whanganui Unitec. His passion and art has always been inspired by Màori sovereignty and the disparties which Màori face day-by-day. Patena overlooks all the art which we produce to ensure that we adhere to tikanga and the patterns are appropriate.
Recognition of peoples' diverse ancestral connections.
Caring for people.
Having integrity and doing the right thing.
Respect for people.
Empowering people from all walks of life.
Guarding and protecting our environment.
Leadership through service, inclusiveness and professionalism.
Spirituality with a holistic lens.
Based in Auckland & Taumarunui,
supporting clients virtually
throughout New Zealand.
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