Manu Pouajen-Blakiston

Product Development Engineer

Manu consults, designs and builds products that are created out of Victoria University of Wellington research.


Manu works for Viclink’s Product Development Team, assisting Tim Brox to consult, design and build products that are created out of research developed at Victoria University of Wellington. These products range from proofs of concept and prototypes right through to the finished article, ready for market. He is also responsible for the documentation and services required to support any of the consumer-ready products the team produces.


After originally gaining qualifications in maintenance and diagnostics (or what used to be known as 'fitting and turning') when he left school, Manu updated those skills more recently with another, more modern, apprenticeship while working for the mechanical workshop in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences. He spent 14 years there—building and maintaining teaching and research equipment for the School’s labs—before becoming self-employed as a general engineer, prototype designer and graphic designer.


Manu still retains his business in conjunction with his part-time role at Viclink (which he started in July 2018). He clearly loves what he does because when he’s not building something for work, Manu builds and draws machines as a hobby.