Research and Innovation at Wintec

Wintec’s research is applied, diverse and makes a difference to benefit not only our students, but the wider community. Our staff are respected experts in their fields. Their research ensures that the programmes Wintec offers are relevant and are delivered with the future workforce in mind. Our research and innovation services are easy to access and we will work alongside you from the planning stage right though the implementation of a solution or innovation.  International and national partnerships create access to a wide network of experts as well as opportunities not just for our researchers and postgraduate students but also for our industry and community partners. Discover our research:  

Research and Innovation

In 2017, research across Wintec’s faculty focuses on the following themes:

Inclusive Culture, Language and Indigenous People

  1. Cultures, Indigenous Peoples, and Migration
  2. Languages and Literacies
  3. Māori and Pasifika

Innovation, Creativity, and Design

  1. Industrial and Product Design
  2. Experience design and customer-focused Innovation and co-creation
  3. Societal Innovation and co-creation

Human and Societal Health, Wellness and Performance

  1. Health and wellness
  2. Thriving and resilient communities
  3. Sport and Performance

Transformative technologies and the future of learning, workplaces and careers

  1. Technologies that transform society and work
  2. Future learning and learners
  3. Future workplace and careers

Regeneration, Revitalisation and Transformation

  1. Rural Environments and Communities
  2. Urban Environments and Communities
  3. Business, Society, Industries (Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacture and Export)

Research across Faculty

Research at Faculty is rich and multi-faceted, it underpins our teaching and learning provisions and integrates with external stakeholders as well, thus benefitting our students as well as the wider community.

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Industry and Community – Research for you

Make our expertise in research and innovation work for you. There are a number of ways in which we can assist you:

  • Our research vouchers are a great and accessible way of accessing our research expertise to work on a solution for you.
  • Access some of the top talent by placing a postgraduate student in your organisation, developing and implementing a solution for you.
  • Discuss your research and innovation requirements with us. A research contract with us will not only give you access to experts in the field, but the project will also benefit from our network of national and international partners and state of the art facilities.

Make use of Wintec’s Research and Postgraduate Office. We have the capability and services to match your requirements with an appropriate solution. We manage the whole process to save you time and deliver quality results.

Research and Development – Research Vouchers

No research challenge is too big or too small. Our researchers can bring their expertise to a very diverse range of projects from evaluating youth employment opportunities in remote rural communities, understanding the critical factors that affect small businesses and entrepreneurs when they trade internationally, to an application that allows dairy farmers to easily schedule rosters for their employees.

Working with us will give your organisation or business access to a large, global network of experts and cutting edge technology. Wintec makes available Research Vouchers of up to $5000 (conditions apply) to organisations and businesses to undertake small research projects. Research vouchers are ideally suited, but not limited to SMEs and not for profit organisation.

National and International Research Partnerships

Wintec researchers are part of collaborative projects nationally and internationally. Wintec also regularly invites international experts on a Research Fellowship to work on collaborative research projects with our staff and business partners.


Wintec has research connections with the following places around the world:

  • Swinburne Design Factory, Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Sydney, Australia
  • Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
  • Kyungpook University, Department of Chemical Engineering, South Korea
  • Mid Sweden University, Sweden
  • Design Swarm (IoT), London, UK
  • Ministry of Public Health Thailand
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Ecuador (part of a project team)
  • Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Nanjing, China
  • Chengdu University, Chengdu, China
  • Technical University of Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic
  • University of Seville, Department of Industrial Management, Seville, Spain
  • Inje University, Inje, South Korea
  • Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden
  • Innovation Skåne AB, Lund, Sweden 

    The 2017 Wintec Research Fellows are:

    • Professor Darren Rivett, University of Newcasle, Australia
    • Associate Professor Lucas Capek, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic
    • Dr Rhodri Lloyd, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
    • Dr Dominique Hes, Thrive Hub, University of Melbourne, Australia
    • Dr Chrisna du Plesis, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    We look forward to welcoming them at Wintec. 

    Postgraduate Degrees

    Wintec offers postgraduate and Masters level programmes in Media Arts, Science (Sport and Exercise Science), Midwifery, Nursing and Social Practice, Business Informatics and Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation. As a postgraduate student, you will learn from the best and will be well supported throughout your studies by our experienced and respected supervisors, academic staff dedicated support staff. Wintec’s postgraduate programmes are designed with the 21st century workforce in mind.

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    December 2016

    Gengxin (Sam) Li is a former Master of Art (moving image) student who graduated from Wintec in 2011.

    Recently, his black and white film Mrs Mokemoke was officially selected by the Shenzhen Youth Video festival 2016. The film won a creative award at a ceremony this November and will be broadcast on Chinese National Television. The film was also selected to the Wairoa Maori Film Festival (2015), the New Zealand International Film Festival (2015), the Corto Imola Festival in Italy (2015) and the Asinabaka Film and Media Arts Festival in Canada (2016).


    November 2016

    Patricia McClunie-Trust, Centre for Health and Social Practice

    Patricia has recently returned from Canada, where she attended the Canadian Health Workforce Conference (CHWC) in Ottawa and IIQM Qualitative Health Research Conference in British Columbia.

    The key message from the CHWC was that current health professional scopes of practice are not aligned to population health needs. Instead they are shaped along traditional political lines reflecting the policy legacies of professions in past times, and we cannot do more of the same into the future.  Population health will be the key focus for health workers of the future, where groups of practitioners collaborate to achieve team output measures with clients and communities.

    Henk Roodt

    October 2016

    Henk Roodt, Centre for Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation (CeTRI)

    Henk joined Wintec in 2013 after developing the scope and motivation for an Industrial Design Engineering capability that includes 3D printing, sensor technology and simulation capacity. 

    His current projects in Wintec include simulation of sustainable and regenerative processes, support for the Masters in Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation and establishing new areas of applied and industry focussed research.

    Tanja Allen

    August 2016

    Tanja Allen is a current Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) student.

    Tanja was recently awarded a Wintec Trust Waikato fund which she used to travel to Boston, USA to attend the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Ambassador training programme. She is now qualified to share the message of EIM in New Zealand.

    EIM, a ACSM initiative was launched in 2007 with the goal to 'establish physical activity as a standard in healthcare' through embedding physical activity assessments and prescription into every healthcare system globally.

    Researcher Resources

    The Research and Postgraduate Office (RPGO) is the hub for staff and student researchers. It works collaboratively with researchers and Research Leaders to assist with research planning, proposal writing as well as ethics applications and the administration of research funding. It provides additional opportunities such as Wintec’s bi-annual writers retreat, editing and transcribing services, additional postgraduate workshops and supervision training.

    We are located in D Block at the Wintec City Campus and you can contact us via