ROpU | Our team

 

DR JOHNSON WITEHIRA
Māori-Centered Design

Tamahaki (Ngāti Hinekura), Ngā Puhi (Ngai-tū-te-auru)

Johnson is a leading indigenous designer and consultant. His research considers how customary Māori knowledge and ways of thinking can be applied in contemporary settings. He now applies his design expertise to work with businesses, community groups, and Government agencies to instigate design solutions that effect positive change in people, practice and place.

MIRIAME BARBARICH
Strategic Creative

Hauraki (Ngāti Maru), Te Arawa (Ngāti Pikiao)

Miriame's diverse career has led her through the worlds of government, corporate, private and start-up. She is a strategist, communicator and digital native who has helped transform how many of New Zealand's largest corporate and government brands communicate and engage across traditional and digital channels. She brings an indigenous lens to every project – pushing for the decolonisation of communications and interactions.

JOHN MOORE
Strategic Creative

Ngāti Pākehā

John is a creative thinker, design expert and an advocate for decolonisation and cultural transformation through design. His experience spans more than three decades working in advertising, design and digital experience design – for corporate, government, community and start-up clients. He is a strong believer in the principles of universal design, design-led thinking and designing solutions and experiences that are truly accessible for all capabilities, cultures and technologies.

DR CRIS DE GROOT
Human-Centered Technologist

Ngāti Pākehā

Cris has a background in user-experience, product design, and innovation consulting - and teaches design at Unitec NZ. Having started (and sold) successful companies he has a deep empathy towards new enterprises and initiatives that deliver impact through design. What really gets him going is developing new ideas that bring culture and technology together to the benefit of society.