dr. maggie buxton

Director & Founder| Lead Experience Designer | Educator

Dr Maggie Buxton is a cross-disciplinary practitioner, educator, creative entrepreneur and consultant. She has an extensive track record in place-based practice, and particular expertise (including a PhD) focused on emerging technologies and the spirit of place.

Maggie strongly supports cross-disciplinary practice in NZ. She has taught creative technology at Bachelor’s and Masters’s levels at AUT University and regularly speaks on this topic at events and conferences. She also co-founded and currently leads the Creative Technology Northland network.

Created in 2014, AwhiWorld emerged from Maggie’s creative community development practice. A European Commission-funded project in 2008/9 inspired the company name. Maggie’s work is spiritual, creative, economic, and somewhat political – AwhiWorld projects are often environmentally or socially focused and strongly connected to the land and its spirits.

Portals, parallel universes and alternate realities are core themes that resonate through her work.

For detailed information, see maggiebuxton.com and her lifestyle blog makethinkbe.com

Kim Newall (wiredvisual.net)

Creative Technologist | Consultant | Educator | Performance Artist

Kim Newall, is a multidisciplinary creative practitioner.

He is an NZ leader in using creative technology in grass-roots settings and has nearly 40 years of experience mediating between analogue and digital practice. Kim’s work includes immersive real-time performances and interactive and generative installations.

He has expertise working between creative coding, hacking, augmented reality, Arduino, projection mapping, IoT, 3D animation and modelling, pen and ink drawing and painting. He also regularly works as a professional VJ at large festivals around Aotearoa.

Kim has a Master of Creative Technologies, has taught students on creative technology and digital art degrees, and coached other creative practitioners. He is currently a Lead Creative Technologist at AwhiWorld.


TreeCreate, Sistema Whangarei, Snap Events, All Day Breakfast NZ, Papakura Business Association, Papakura Art Gallery,  Accelerating Aotearoa, Audio Foundation, Auckland Libraries Digital Outreach, Papakura Marae,  Drury School, Enviroschools Auckland, Edmund Hilary Primary School, Papakura, Imersia Group, Oceania Group – Elmwood Village, Dargaville Arts Association, The Kauri Museum, Te Uri o Ahua, Creative Technology Northland, NorthTec,  BellTech, Aotearoa Digital Arts, Kerikeri Theatre Company, Company of Giants, Te Whai Community Trust, Ako Hokianga, Taipa Area School, Onerahi Primary School and many others

Clients and Funders

Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Enviroschools Auckland, Papakura Local Board, Manurewa Local Board, Papakura Art Gallery, Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei Art Museum, Creative Northland, Creative New Zealand, Creative Communities, Ministry of Youth Development, Ministry of Social Development, Whangarei District Council, Tuia 250 and NorthChamber.

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