Donna Campbell

Qualifications: PGDipFA Auckland; MFineArts Auckland

Senior Lecturer / Pūkenga Matua

Research Interests

  • Developing a research platform in the area of creative research as an epistemic - a coalescence of Western action and Indigenous contemplation
  • Enquiry practice links praxis and theory - site, issue, response
  • On-going visual research in the  Māori Fibre Arts and connections to cultural identity
  • Teaching in creative practice environments and motivational issues that arise from that context
  • Te Pā Harakeke as a model for whānau ora
  • Digital and time-based & interactive media in practice and design pedagogy
  • Kaupapa Māori research informing design practice and pedagogy



A weaver, a designer, a teacher, a mother, an artist and a closet chef.


MFA – Sculpture: Whitecliffe College of Art & Design-thesis: Weaving the Skin, 2005.

PG Dip FA – Elam School of Art-specialty: Sculpture in Raranga.

Papers Taught

MMAC321 - Māori Media: Challenges of Representation
TIKA151 - Te Raranga Kete: Introduction to Māori Fibre Arts
TIKA211 - He Taonga Tuku Iho: Evolving Māori and Pacific Art
TIKA251 - Raranga Whakairo: Design Elements in Māori Fibre Arts
TTWA150 - Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi

Recent Publications

  • Greensill, H., Manuirirangi, H., Pihama, L., Mahealani Miller, J., Lee-Morgan, J., Campbell, D., & Te Nana, R. (2017). He maimoa i ngā whakatupuranga anamata: Ko te mātauranga taketake o ngā tūpuna me te whakarea tamariki. Te Kōtihitihi Ngā Tuhinga Reo Māori, 4, 91-102. Open Access version:

  • Campbell, D. (2017). Kaupapa Māori: The Art of Reweaving te Rā. In K. Stevenson (Ed.), Trading Traditions The Role of Art in the Pacific's Expansive Exchange Networks (pp. 71-77). Suva, Fiji: USP Press, The University of the South Pacific.

  • Campbell, D. L. (2016). Niho II [Ngaa Hua o te Rito Exhibition - Waikato Museum] [Stole made with harakeke, faux fur, synthetic dye]. Hamilton, Waikato: Waikato Museum te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

  • Campbell, D. L. (2016). Hinenuitepō [Sculptural garment made up of three woven pieces [woven cape/pake harakeke and synthetic dyes]]. C. N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis, CA..

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Campbell, Ms Donna 9557 dcampbel A.1.06 Te Pua Wananga ki te Ao

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