NGĀI TAHU / KĀTI MĀMOE / WAITAHA / NGĀTI TOA RANGATIRA
DIRECTOR. WIKI Design & Consultancy Ltd t/a ARAHIA Pathfinders.
Hawke’s Bay based Karl Wixon is one of New Zealand’s leading Māori strategic creatives. He has led a number of pioneering firsts for Māori including design lead for Te Ao Maahina, the Wellington Zoo Nocturnal House that was New Zealand’s first fully Māori interpreted Zoo experience, developed in partnership with former business partner Jacob Scott and Te Kau o Poneke, the Wellington Tenths Trust.
Karl is Director of Havelock North based WIKI Design & Consultancy Ltd, founded in 2000, trading as ARAHIA Pathfinders. ARAHIA specialises in growth and innovation projects, particularly in indigenous enterprise and economic development. Karl’s work sits at the intersection of culture, commerce and creativity and utilises Human Centred Design techniques and approaches to highly collaborative projects, frequently spanning public and private sector partnerships.
Karl has a varied career spanning multiple sectors and domains of interest. Soon after graduating in 1990 Karl began a period of work developing what was NZs first wave of interactive style exhibitions including the development of Te Aho a Māui, Capital Discovery Place, a children’s hands-on science discovery centre in Wellington, going on to become the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Manawatu Science Centre, now known as Te Manawa, and then on to be the first exhibition designer appointed to the Te Papa Waterfront project, including design of an Aquarium for the outdoor Harbour Park, which unfortunately was one of the many victims of their first major rounds of cost cutting pre-opening. He went on to Design Lecturing and consulting in Wellington before establishing his company in 2000.