AwhiWorld is a creative innovation lab

AwhiWorld (pronounced aaffi-world) carry out creative research; run capacity-building education programmes; create thought-provoking inter-arts experiences, and facilitate innovation labs and workshops. Consulting services are also available to assist organisations (corporate, cultural, arts) in creating magical story-telling experiences for their clients and audiences.

Created by Dr Maggie Buxton in 2014, AwhiWorld emerged out of her creative community development practice. A European Commission-funded project in 2008/9 inspired the company name, which was formalised in 2014. Maggie’s work is spiritual, creative, economic, and somewhat political. And AwhiWorld projects are often environmentally or socially themed for this reason.

AwhiWorld’s projects are located in community spaces (derelict towers, empty shops, alleyways, schools, public gardens) or public galleries. Traditional and emerging technologies, experimentation, collaboration, capacity-building and exploration are core to AwhiWorld’s working practice.

We collaborate with many different individuals and organisations. A list of collaborators can be seen below.

In AwhiWorld, parallel universes, portals and alternative realities are a specialty. If you are interested in collaborating, contact us today.


AwhiWorld is grateful for the grants, commissions, private contracts and collaborative peer resourcing that has supported our success. Organisations and groups that have worked with us in some capacity since inception include:

Sistema Whangarei, NorthChamber, Snap Events, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Culture and Development, All Day Breakfast NZ, Papakura Business Association, Papakura Art Gallery,  Accelerating Aotearoa, Audio Foundation, Auckland Libraries Digital Outreach, Papakura Marae,  Simple Steps, Piri Marearai, Drury School, Enviroschools Auckland, Edmund Hilary Primary School, Papakura, Donna Cleveland, Charlotte Alexander, Jenna Gavin, Imersia Group, Nathan Homestead, Papakura Local Board, Manurewa Local Board, Oceania Group – Elmwood Village, Uniform, Fred Harrison, Whiri-Aroha, Haare Williams, Mahu Rawiri, Moe Lolesi, Nick Grew, Kelly Kahukiwa, Dargaville Arts Association, The Kauri Museum, Te Uri o Ahua, Creative Technology Northland, Mahuta Digital, Whangarei Art Museum, NorthTec, Creative Northland, Creative New Zealand, Creative Communities, Ministry of Youth Development and BellTech.

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