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This research explores how Pacific and contemporary cultures cohesively blend through 3D printing to create a new identity for Pacific people. The project seeks to further the development of concerning issues surrounding Identity and diabetes within Pacific communities. Foreign preconceptions about the Pacific are been challenged here to create a new identity about the Pacific from a Pacific perspective. The extraction of these Pacific motifs will be explored through a Design realm, 3D printing, which contribute to the development of a contemporary Pacific.  The project seeks to explore the effects of type 1 diabetes on adolescents. In particular, with the managing and storage of their diabetic equipment’s while outside of home care. Pressures of adolescent years is added when diabetes is present, which can cause physiological disadvantages. Bike riding will be the scenario of choice, where storage kits for bikes are 3D printed. Pacific patterning is encouraged to help with the 3D printing process, the familiarity of Pacific patterning is to inspire my Pacific people in becoming active with diabetes. Participants will be used in this research to gain feedback and further the design, giving them a sense of autonomy through unique storage kits, portraying their identity.  Inspiration is drawn from my heritage, which is explored through my contemporary environment (Design), to portray my identity as a Pacific designer. This is evident throughout my experimentation whereas the incorporation of Pacific patterning and themes influence the final design.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Design Innovation

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Name

Master of Design Innovation

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Design


Stevens, Ross; Guy, Bernard