The HIT Lab NZ / Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau is a dynamic, international, multidisciplinary environment, bringing together people with varying viewpoints to design new ways of supporting people in their everyday lives, be it at work, play, or school. We take a human-centred approach, starting by considering the people we are looking to support (e.g., young, old, skilled, unskilled), the tasks they need help with (e.g., repairing a device, visualizing a new house), and the environment they will be in (e.g., at work, in the home, visiting a museum), then designing solutions within these constraints using appropriate advanced technologies.

We hope to provide a welcoming space for people from a wide breadth of areas pertaining to the human condition, such as technical, design, artistic, and psychological. When in doubt, contact us! We’re always looking for innovative thinkers!

We are located at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Values Statement

The people at the HIT Lab NZ strive to cultivate an open, safe and supportive environment that values creativity, diversity, integrity and collaboration in the pursuit of bettering the world through knowledge creation and dissemination.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to support and empower people through the study, invention, development and dissemination of knowledge, technologies and processes that solve real-world problems and have positive global impact.

We aspire to this by

  • Providing multi-disciplinary, project-based learning experiences for students
  • Maintaining a world-class centre of excellence for human interface technology research
  • Developing and transitioning to industry leading-edge human-computer interfaces to accelerate economic development in Aotearoa New Zealand

Vision Statement

The HIT Lab NZ will become the recognized world leader in virtual and augmented reality research, while also supporting research excellence in computer visualization and human-robot interaction.