2017 Creative Gold Finalists


Studio Pacific
Wellington-based architects Studio Pacific celebrate 25 years in business this year, having grown from just the three founding partners to a thriving practice currently employing over 80 people.

“We like the element of surprise in our work,” says founding Director Evzen Novak (left, pictured with fellow Directors Nicholas Barratt-Boyes and Stephen McDougall). “We foster innovation and creativity, and draw on the collective talents of everyone. Architecture’s a slow art and we’re always learning.”

The Studio works across the full range of architectural and landscape practice, from neighbourhood projects to the Pacific Rim. Attested to by over 140 awards received since opening in 1992.

Learn more: www.studiopacific.co.nz    Studio Pacific Architecture


POW Studios - Sounds Perfect

John McKay POW StudiosPOW Studios brings together award-winning industry professionals working in a collaborative environment to produce world class screen content.

CEO John McKay (pictured) started the company in 2015 with fellow sound editors Jason Canovas and Matt Lambourne and business partner Brian Steele.

POW combines the best of East and West. On NZ-South Korean co-production “Nori: Roller Coaster Boy” they utilised the skills of top NZ voice actors.

McKay says “we are excited to have launched a new joint venture with Chinese animators Nanjing Phoenix while we were in Shanghai for the Shanghai International Film Market. POW is delighted to be expanding our connections in Asia.”

Learn more: http://powpost.co.nz/       POW Studios Limited



Garry Trinder - NZ School of Dance

The New Zealand School of Dance is internationally recognised as a leader in professional dance training and is the official school of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Established in 1967, talented young people study at the New Zealand School of Dance to become professional ballet or contemporary dancers.

Countless graduates are leading outstanding careers dancing both in New Zealand and with major companies around the world.

“For 50 years the New Zealand School of Dance has been punching above its weight," Director Garry Trinder (pictured) says. "We not only mould excellent dancers but positively change lives. That’s a result!”

Learn more: www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz     @nzschoolofdance


MASSEY COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS  - The Smart Arts Claire Robinson - Massey COCA

Massey’s College of Creative Arts is ranked 2nd among the Asia-Pacific region’s design schools, and is in the world’s Top 100 Art and Design schools.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Claire Robinson (pictured) puts that down to the College’s unique point of difference. “We’re a hothouse and an accelerator,” she says. “We offer a comprehensive suite of subjects that are critical to today’s creative industries.

And they’re delivered by New Zealand’s leading researchers and practitioners.” Over 350 students graduate each year. In 2016, 93% were in full or part-time employment 6 months after study, 76% of them in the Wellington region.

Learn more:   https://creative.massey.ac.nz/   CoCA Massey


Sue Dorrington & Rob Uivel - Human Dynamo Workshop

Futuristic motorbikes or a life-size model shark, are all in a day’s work for Human Dynamo Workshop. The company designs and makes all sorts of fantastic stuff for, movie-makers, museums and businesses needing something special.

“The workshop’s output is varied, sometimes unusual, and often confidential!” director Susan Dorrington (pictured with Co-Director Rob Uivel) says. “Historically our portfolios are strong in fabricating aircraft and vehicle interiors and marine specimens.”

Human Dynamo customized a Honda NM4 Vultus for the Ghost in the Shell movie under the watchful eye of Honda techs, fabricating five bikes for use on set. They’re currently working on special effects and a giant puppet for a blockbuster movie … oops, said too much.

Learn more: www.humandynamo.nz   @HumanDynamoWorkshop   @hdworkshop



COUCH KUMARAS  - New Kids on the BacklotCouch Kumaras

Starting out as a group of friends simply wanting to make short films for fun, Couch Kumaras got all serious in 2015 and now make short films for fun AND for profit.

“Most of what we do is in the marketing arena” director Finn O’Connor (pictured on right with fellow Head Kumara Connor Cameron) says. “It’s the creative nuancing we add that sets us apart – that, and combining high production values with ultra-fast turnaround!”

That approach has seen Couch Kumaras achieve the goals they set for 2016 – double the previous year’s earnings, get 20 new clients and pay cash for the latest Black Magic Ursa Mini (that’s a 4K camera to you and me).

Learn more: www.ckfilm.nz     @couchkumaras

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