John has worked on a range of local and international projects that use creativity, arts and design to target poverty, inequality, cultural deprivation and institutional racism.
Dr Huhana Smith, who co-presented the award with Creative New Zealand, says John “absolutely fits with our vision for the College of Creative Arts to produce creative thinkers, makers and innovators who make the world a better place and make us feel better about living in it.”
Associate Professor Anna Brown and Dr Bronwyn Holloway-Smith’s book, Wanted: The search for the modernist murals of E. Mervyn Taylor, won Best Cover at the 2019 PANZ Book Design Awards.
A constellation of artists led by two Massey University academics created a unique cinematic experience on Wellington Habour’s lagoon for Matariki in 2019.
An observational classroom beehive at Avalon Intermediate School has inspired students to turn their learnings into music and poetry.