Major Project 2019

Best Awards Winner Bronze 2020   -   James Dyson Award Runner-up

Being born and raised on a diary farm I grew up learning and interacting with farming products, procedures and caring for livestock. This has lead me to focus my project towards improving the health and well-being of cattle within the dairy industry.  From October 2018 docking cattle in New Zealand become illegal. This created a gap in the market for a purpose built tool to trim the switch of the tail. If a tail is not trimmed the switch accumulates a build up of fecal matter. This can lead to the blood vessels in the tail becoming so constricted that the tail tissues are starved of blood flow, resulting in the tail to self dock and fall off.  SWITCH is a handheld trimming tool designed to help dairy farmers shave the switch of the tail. SWITCH challenges the traditional tools used for docking and trimming to help farmers transition from docking to trimming. It is a lightweight, portable tool with circular clipper heads to mimic the shape of the tail, providing a practical purpose built tool for farmers in the dairy industry. 



Silver Best Awards Winner 2019

Cooper was a collaborative project made up of six students.  We saw a design opportunity to create an electric bike that caters to the needs of an environmentally conscious inner city resident, catering to comfort and convenience while maintaining a timeless aesthetic. Cooper takes aesthetic inspiration from old school city cruisers, with the simple geometric shapes. The color palette and branding pays homage to British racing, drawing inspiration from the iconic Mini Cooper racer made famous in the 60’s by legendary race car driver John Cooper. Through this, we are utilizing timeless and old school design to capitalize on current nostalgic culture. 

Cooper is a fully electric bike which is powered by a 48v 1,000w rear hub drive motor. The fixed footpeg feature simplifies the form and leaves room for integrated storage. Frame integrated storage increases ergonomic benefits of the bike, as it reduces strain on the users back. Additionally, it provides a lower center of mass, which aides in better handling and maneuverability of the bike. 

Given the context of the city, security is an integral part of the design to provide users with peace of mind when the bike is left unattended. Therefore we incorporated a frame-integrated bike locking system that does not visibly obstruct the clean simplicity of the design. The lock extends and retracts from the left-hand side of the frame, locking to the right-hand side of the frame, allowing the user to lock the rear hub motor and attach the bike to a secure object when left alone. 

The battery is easily accessible through a hinged seat which can be securely locked to the frame when parked in a public place. The battery can be quickly removed for secure overnight storage, to cater to apartment dwellers who cannot store the entire bike in a private space. 

To help with cable management, we have integrated the cables though the left hand side of the frame. Having the cables integrated into the frame ensures that the cables are organised and are out of the users way, creating a more enjoyable commute for the user.



kikorangi is an investigation into designing a hand tool and container to pick up a stone from a tube. 

When the tool is twisted the prongs come together to pick up the stone from the bottom of the pipe. The blue string creates a warm, soft handle along with an elegant looking contrast against the Rimu. 

Made from Recycled Rimu and blue string. No adhesives.



Seiche is a re-design of a domestic sewing machine. this was a 12 week project consisting of existing sewing machine research, anthropometric and ergonomic research, concept design and generation.

My final design incorporates a camera and a screen to help improve posture by not having to bend in close to see what your sewing and to help thread the needle. It has an organic simplified form that makes it less bulky and gives 30-50% more room on the right hand side to help fabric movement and body positioning while sewing.





With a brief of Heath and Well being I choose to focus this towards the well being of cattle as I grew up on a dairy farm. Focusing on cattle I choose to look into the devices used to test cattle for mastitis. The existing devices have been around for years with very little design thought and ergonomics. 

This device combines manual and electronic testing eliminating the need for two different products. The manual test tests the cell count of the milk while the electronic system tests the salt conductivity.

This product also allows the farmer to be able to in-put the cows number instead of having to manually wright the test results and cattle number every test, providing an easier more convenient mastitis testing process.

Modeled in Rhino
Rendered in Solidworks Visualization



2018 Light Festival

With the collaboration with Punky Brewser we thought it only right to incorporate kegs. After some concept generation we went for the idea of domes in the middle of the table that portray the microscopic beer with lights underneath to make the domes glow.

To make the tables tie into the entire theme we decided after some scale modelling to put the chemical symbols of beer on the table tops and make the tables a hexagon shape to portray the shape of a molecule.

By making the tables / bar leaners into a hexagon shape this meant we could then make the design modular. By being a modular design this meant the tables could be easily transported down south along with be easily re-arranged to fit the installation space.



Ocean Exploration Center

The Ocean Exploration Center project is an investigation into logo and identify design.

My logo has been inspired by the New Zealand Maui Dolphin. I choose the Maui Dolphin as it is one of the nine dolphins found around the coasts of New Zealand and is critically endangered. The Ocean Exploration Center is all about educating people about New Zealand’s marine life hence why I chose to base my design off the Maui Dolphin. I have purposefully created my logo design in three different segments to represent the three major aspects of the New Zealand Ocean Exploration Center, Education, Environment and Exploration. The dolphin takes its shape from a circle to represent community and coming together which I believe is what the Ocean Exploration Center is all about