Massey University ranked top 3 in Red Dot design awards for 6th year running

Red Dot winners Tessa Hansen-Cane, Charlotte Klinge and Samantha Hughes.

Red Dot winners Tessa Hansen-Cane, Charlotte Klinge and Samantha Hughes.

Consistent innovation and creativity have ensured Massey University’s Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts has placed in the top three universities at the annual International Red Dot Design Awards for the sixth year in a row.

Massey University placed third in the Asia-Pacific Design Concept category, being the only university from Australasia to place in the top 15.

Five graduates from Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design received Red Dot Awards. The winning projects included compostable cutlery manufactured from a by-product of kombucha, a chair to make collecting small children’s urine samples easier and a book that helps to address and alleviate the grief of miscarriage.

An internationally-recognised quality label for design excellence, Red Dot selects expert panels in the areas of product design, communication design and design concepts to choose award recipients.

The rankings recognise the top 15 companies, design studios and universities across Asia-Pacific including in Australia, China, Japan and Singapore.

Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Robinson says maintaining a top three place for this long exemplifies the school’s dedication to excellence in design. “The highly competitive Red Dot awards are a great opportunity for our students and graduates to showcase their creativity, innovation and designs internationally.

“Design is an integral component of the creative industries in New Zealand and it’s brilliant these international awards recognise and reward the importance of design schools such as Ngā Pae Māhutonga,” Professor Robinson says.

Senior Lecturer and Red Dot entry coordinator Lyn Garrett adds, “It’s encouraging that Red Dot’s international perspective and scope recognises the quality, value and distinctive flavour of design in New Zealand and from Massey University in particular.”

Instead of an awards night in Singapore, this year a virtual spin was put on the event with the winners able to be seen celebrating on the Red Dot website.

See the winning entries on

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Toi Rauwhārangi
College of Creative Arts
Wellington, Aotearoa