David Hakaraia graduated with a Masters of Design with distinction at Victoria University School of Architecture and Design.
David’s work has been exhibited around New Zealand and overseas.
He explores how Maori tradition and narratives can be expressed to make contemporary Maori design solutions using traditional and modern fabrication techniques. David has a personal interest in the narratives he uses as they predominantly relate to his Maori heritage. These stories have captured his imagination and he relishes expressing them in ways that depart from a customary tribal style, creating a design approach that is distinctly his own.