Darren is a lecturer on the Digital Media portfolio of programs for Weltec and Whitireia and has been teaching in the tertiary sector for 10 years. Darren has over twenty years experience in various engineering fields which include NZ Defence, high speed packaging engineer for Lever Rexona and locomotive rebuild engineer for KiwiRail. Darren also has over 15 years experience working within his Maori art practice which includes Marae, gallery work and providing work for private collectors and commissions.
Darren’s expertise is in Maori art and design and 3D methodologies and processes. He utilizes his knowledge of engineering to apply hard materials and processes along with emerging technologies into his teaching and creative practice. Darren has interests in the digital modelling, scanning, and virtual reality fields. Darren also has a close link with Te Papa which includes various back of house collections visits and links with local Iwi and industry relationships that bridge into the props making, game design, and world building areas.