AwhiWorld rejuvenates the spirit of people and their places through creating innovative, immersive and interactive experiences in community based settings.


Dr Maggie Buxton is Lead Producer of AwhiWorld, Kim Newall Lead Creative Technologist. Other collaborators, drawn from a range of cultures and disciplines, come together around specific projects.


We weave emerging technologies (such as augmented reality, mixed reality, geo locative mobile, projection mapping, e-textiles and smart wearables, micro-controllers and IoT) with traditional technologies and arts (e.g. maker crafts and cultural taonga). Our work involves place and space rejuvenation, innovative learning and development and heritage and cultural enrichment. We also engage in creative technology consultancy for a wide range of organisations and support capacity building in our sector through workshops, seminars and talks.


We have collaborated with a diverse range of people and organisations including experimental artists, elders in rest homes, mana whenua,  Pacific Island communities, marae, school children and their teachers, musicians and sound artists, community groups, scientists, traditional cultural groups, poets, engineers, start up tech companies and business associations.


To date collaborators, supporters, consultants and guest crew have included:

Sistema Whangarei, All Day Breakfast NZ, Papakura Business Association, Papakura Art Gallery,  Accelerating Aotearoa, Audio Foundation, Auckland Libraries Digital Outreach, Papakura Marae, Simple Steps, Piri Marearai, Drury School, Enviroschools Auckland, Edmund Hilary Primary School, Papakura, Donna Cleveland, Charlotte Alexander, Jenna Gavin, Imersia Group, Nathan Homestead, Papakura Local Board, Manurewa Local Board, Oceania Group – Elmwood Village, Uniform, Fred Harrison, Whiri-Aroha, Haare Williams, Mahu Rawiri, Moe Lolesi, Nick Grew, Kelly Kahukiwa, and Creative Northland.

Our trusted partner for all logistical support in New Zealand (e.g. rigging, transport, peripheral gear hireage etc) is BellTech.