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The team

Creative New Zealand has 51 staff based in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Our team has a range of arts experience and expertise across many artforms.

Read our staff profiles:

Senior Leadership

Arts Funding

Community arts
Pacific arts
Māori Arts
Visual arts
Craft/object arts

International and Capability Building

Arts Policy Development

Senior Leadership

Stephen Wainwright

Chief Executive  - Pou Whakahaere
+64 (04) 498 0743

Stephen WainwrightStephen joined Creative New Zealand in 1990 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2008.  Prior to being appointed chief executive Stephen was acting chief executive and had been a member of Creative New Zealand’s senior management team since 2002 as manager of Arts Infrastructure Services.

Stephen has been involved in the strategic and business planning of Creative New Zealand for several years and has worked closely with many of this country’s leading arts organisations.

“As a young nation at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean our arts help to illustrate our lives with new layers of meaning and fresh perspectives. There are clear social, cultural, economic and educational benefits for supporting the arts and these need to be made. But life is personal and experiencing great art makes life better.”

“I think the late Michael King captured the importance of the arts when he wrote that to be confident as New Zealanders we must ‘…listen to our own voices and trace our own footsteps; we must have our own heroes and heroines to inspire us, our own epics to both uplift and caution us; we must persist in building our own culture with our own ingredients to hand…’.”

Creative New Zealand’s job is to work with the arts community to build our culture and help the wider community appreciate and support its development. Enormous progress has been made in the last 30 years, and because New Zealanders do value the arts, we are committed to furthering the progress that has been achieved so far. Visit: New Zealanders and the arts: Attitudes, attendance and participation in 2014

Stephen graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.

Cath Cardiff

Senior Manager, Arts Policy, Capability and International - Tumu Whakahaere Matua, Kaupapa Toi, Hanga Āheitanga, Ā Taiao
+64 (04) 473 0880

Cath Cardiff

Cath joined Creative New Zealand in 2000. She has been involved in the performing arts since she was five when she pestered her parents to send her to ballet lessons. This led to a career in dance that spanned 20 years and included periods as artistic director for LIMBS Dance Company and resident choreographer at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland.

Highlights from her time at the Mercury include choreographing Chicago and co- directing Rigoletto with Jonathan Hardy. Cath moved into producing, working with many companies and artists including Douglas Wright Dance Company and Shona McCullagh’s The Human Garden. Cath’s highlight from this period was producing  the critically acclaimed 1995 season of Think of Garden by Samoan playwright John Kneubuhl which won four Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.

Before joining Creative New Zealand, Cath also worked at Auckland Live as a programmer for theatre, dance and contemporary music. At Creative New Zealand Cath has been adviser for dance and theatre, manager of audience and market Development, manager of Arts Development and senior manager arts policy, Capability and International

Cath feels enormously privileged to be able to play a role in assisting others to develop their dreams in the arts in New Zealand. “It is gratifying to be working where the majority of the population really believe in and support the arts in all their diverse forms and expressions.”


Angus Evison

Senior Manager, Business Services - Tumu Whakahaere Ratonga Kaipakihi
+64 (04) 473 0880

Angus Evison“The Business Services team provides the tools for Creative New Zealand to make the best decisions on how funding is passed to others so that the New Zealand arts sector is strong both here and overseas.”

Angus joined Creative New Zealand in 2005 as Finance Manager before taking up the role of Business Services Manager in 2008. He graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration before working with Lower Hutt chartered accounting firm, Kendons. This was followed by a role at international accountancy and consulting firm KPMG.

His previous experience helps Angus to ensure that Creative New Zealand delivers the best results for the individuals and organisations we deal with.

“While funding is not the only part of the business that Creative New Zealand does it is probably the best known. The Business Services team provides the tools for the rest of the organisation to make the best decisions on how that funding is passed to others so that the New Zealand arts sector is strong both here and overseas. Dealing with a limited resource means that decisions have to be made about what gets funded and what doesn’t, and I believe our role is to make sure that our funding processes are clear and fair to everyone who deals with us.”


David Pannett

Senior Manager, Planning, Performance and Stakeholder Relations - Tumu Kaiwhakahaere Mahere, Whakaritenga, Hononga a Iwi
+64 (04) 473 0772

David PannettDavid joined Creative New Zealand in February 2015 from the Ministry of Health, where he was the Manager, Governance & Crown Entities. In this role, he led a number of strategic projects and change management programmes, including establishing new Crown entities, developing key sector engagement fora, and supporting shared administrative and support services for district health boards.

The Planning, Performance and Stakeholder Relations team helps Creative New Zealand understand how the organisation performs – to help us plan for the future – and informs New Zealand and the world about our work and successes.  The team also serves as the key interface with the government and its funding and monitoring agencies, and provides governance and strategic support to the wider business.

David holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Otago, and was admitted to the bar in 2000.

Arts Funding

Chris Archer

Manager, Arts Investments Programmes
+64 (03) 372 3570

Chris joined Creative New Zealand in 2009 as Senior Programme Adviser. Previously he worked as national and regional music education adviser, Artist in Schools national facilitator, national curriculum writer, and NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) standards writer, music examiner and moderator. Chris is a composer and performer and has been involved in music making for more than 30 years.


Elena Noyes

Manager, Arts Funding Programmes
+64 (04) 498 0704

Elena NoyesElena manages the monitoring and evaluation of the Toi Uru Kahikatea and Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes and leads projects aimed at improving the way Creative New Zealand serves clients.

Elena came to the role from managing New Zealand’s aid to Tonga as Development Manager with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Throughout her time with the aid programme to Tonga, she was lucky to be able to bring Dame Robin White and Ruha Fifita’s recent Ko e Hala Hangatonu exhibition to Tonga through the NZ High Commission, and also to coordinate the public events programme surrounding the Kermadec Exhibition’s showing in Tonga. She works in printmaking on her own time, with her work influenced by wood block printing and her four years’ living in Tonga. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Atkinson Graduate School of Management, USA, and a BA in Anthropology, minor in Studio Art from Willamette University, USA. Elena is based in our Wellington office.

Haniko Te Kurapa

Pouarahi Toi, Tikanga Maori
+64 (04) 473 0182

Haniko Te KurapaKo Manawaru te maunga. Ko Ohinemataroa te awa. Ko Te Whai a te motu, me Te Whatu o te Kanohi ngā tipuna whare. Ko Ngāti Tawhaki me Te Urewera ngā hapu. Ko Tūhoe te iwi. Tūhoe moumou kai, moumou taonga, moumou tāngata ki te pō.

Haniko joined Creative New Zealand in 2002 as Māori Arts Adviser and has more than 20 years experience working in the arts. Prior to Creative New Zealand, he held a number of roles at Te Papa including concept developer, interpreter, and education officer. Raised in the heart of the Urewera, he was privileged to have access to information regarding the stories and history of his tribe. A fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori with a wealth of knowledge on tikanga Māori, he now manages the Māori arts programmes and is based in the Wellington office.

Toi tupu toi ora, toi huarewa, toi te whenua, te rangatiratanga

Lee Martelli

Arts Adviser - Music
+64 (09) 373 3091

Lee is passionate about supporting others to achieve. Lee has 13 years experience at Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as Director of APO Connecting, managing education, community and outreach. As a piano accompanist, Lee has been a keen supporter of brass musicians and vocalists.  Lee has produced two CDs of original music by young people and bands, and has dabbled in being a singer songwriter herself. Lee has also developed and assessed many youth music education programmes. Lee is a founding member of the Auckland Youth Choir, and has been a member of several Auckland choral ensembles. Lee has found great satisfaction in connecting artists with audiences and assisting a number of New Zealand composers progress. Lee joined Creative New Zealand in June 2015.

Catherine Falstie-Jensen

Acting Manager, Arts Grants and Creative Communities Scheme
+64 (09) 3733090

Catherine joined us originally as the Theatre Adviser in 2011 and more recently worked as Senior Adviser, Dance and Festivals within the Arts Funding team. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Auckland she has worked as an independent producer, performer, and arts administrator for a variety of Auckland performing arts organisations including Q Theatre for 7 years.

Simon Vincent

Arts Adviser - Theatre
+64 (09) 926 5481

Simon joined Creative New Zealand in late 2013, he has been working across New Zealand in the performing arts sector since 2000 as an actor, director, and producer. In 2010 he joined the creative council of Circa Theatre Wellington where he continued to act and direct and was a member of their programming committee. Most recently Simon worked for the National Library of New Zealand as their Public Programmes Adviser Auckland, in this role he was part of the exhibition and schools programme development team. Simon is based in our Auckland office.

Rose Campbell

Senior Arts Adviser - Dance, Interarts and Multidisciplinary
+64 (04) 498 0715

Rose Campbell has recently joined Creative New Zealand‘s Arts Funding team in the position of Senior Adviser with responsibility for the Dance, Arts Festivals, Inter Arts and Multidisciplinary portfolios. Rose comes to this role after a year working with the 2015 NZ at Venice team in the role of Audience and Market Development Adviser and as adviser for the WW100 Co-Commissioning Fund. Prior to this she was the manager of the New Zealand String Quartet Trust – this country’s most established, internationally recognised classical music touring group. Rose is known to many in the arts community in her previous roles at Creative New Zealand. 

Briar Monro

Senior Adviser - Community Arts
+64 (04) 471 0487

Briar joined Creative New Zealand as Senior Programme Adviser (Theatre, Dance and Festivals) in 2011 and was appointed to the role of Senior Adviser (Community Arts) in 2013. Community arts has been a focus of Briar’s work as an arts adviser, producer, company manager, director and tutor for over 25 years. Briar’s role includes providing advice on community arts, managing the Creative Communities Scheme and managing a number of regional projects. Briar is based in our Wellington office.

Makerita Urale

Senior Arts Adviser - Pacific Arts
+64 (04) 498 0729

Makerita joined Creative New Zealand in December 2010. Samoan-born, she is a writer, theatre producer and documentary filmmaker with almost two decades of New Zealand and international arts experience in festivals, touring, performing arts, arts events, music videos and artist mentoring.

Her play Frangipani Perfume has toured internationally and is now taught at schools and universities. Her children's plays include The Magic Seashell and Popo the Fairy. A number of her children's stories have been translated to and published in Pacific languages by the Ministry of Education's Learning Media and National Radio's EARS programme. As a documentary filmmaker she has tackled issues such as culture, gangs, politics and history in Children of the Revolution,Waiata Whawhai - Songs of Protest, Savage Symbols about Samoan tattooing, Mob Daughters and Gang Girl - Tarnz's story. She also directed profiles on artists for the award winning television arts seriesLiving Room. Makerita was the recipient of the 2010 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand writer's residency at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

Malcolm Burgess

Senior Arts Adviser - Literature Portfolio
+64 (04) 498 0707

Malcolm Burgess joined Creative New Zealand mid-2015 as Senior Arts Adviser – Literature. Malcolm has a background in arts and books journalism, having held roles ranging from Books Editor at the Dominion Post to arts writer and reviewer for publications including the Financial Times, Irish Times, the NZ Listener and the NZ Herald. He has also written extensively on the visual arts since 1998, edited an online journal for emerging and established NZ writers, worked in publishing as a freelance editor and in communications as media liaison and social media specialist. He studied English and German literature and linguistics at Auckland University and journalism at the University of Canterbury. Malcolm is based at Creative New Zealand’s Wellington office. 

Kate Montgomery

Senior Arts Adviser - Visual Arts Portfolio
+64 (04) 4980732

Kate Montgomery joined Creative New Zealand in late 2011 as Senior Arts Adviser - Visual Arts. Kate was the Director of The Physics Room, a contemporary art project space in Christchurch from 2007–10 before taking up the post of Senior Curator at City Gallery Wellington where she managed the gallery programme and curated Prospect: New Zealand Art Now.  She is a graduate of the University of Canterbury’s cultural studies programme and has a background in art writing and criticism. Kate is based in Creative New Zealand’s Wellington office.

Humphrey Tait

Arts Adviser - Craft/Object and Visual Arts
+64 (09) 365 1416

Humphrey joined Creative New Zealand in 2013 as Arts Adviser for Craft/Object and Visual Arts. He has held positions at a number of galleries specialising in Craft/Object and Visual Arts in Christchurch, Auckland and London. He also has experience in the secondary market for fine art and artefacts, and studied at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Humphrey is based in our Auckland office

International and Capability Building

Jude Chambers

Manager, International Programme
+64 (09) 373 3070

Jude ChambersJude joined Creative New Zealand in 2005. She has many years of arts management experience delivering projects and funding programmes, partnerships and advocacy. In her previous role as Senior Programme Adviser she managed the Visual Arts portfolio and a team of Advisers based in Creative New Zealand’s Auckland office.  Jude joined the International team in 2011 and is currently responsible for delivering a number of international projects and initiatives; including New Zealand’s participation at the Venice Biennale and Edinburgh Festivals, the WW100 Co-commissioning Fund, the international visitor programme Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends and a suite of partnerships and programmes that support international cultural and art form exchange including the Focus on Asia initiative.

Belinda Jones

Manager, International and Capability Building
+64 (04) 4985204

Belinda JonesBelinda has a BA (Hons) in Art History from the University of Canterbury and has worked in public art galleries in the South Island before joining Creative New Zealand in 2000. Since this time, she has worked in various roles at Creative New Zealand including the visual arts, the Arts Organisations Development Programme and as Advisor, Audience and Market Development where she worked on the London Book Fair and Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM). Belinda is based in our Wellington office and works on international projects including APAM and the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012.

Helen Bartle

Senior Adviser, Audience Development and Capability Building
+64 (09) 377 8750

Helen joined Creative New Zealand as Audience & Market Development Adviser in 2005 and was appointed Senior Adviser, Audience Development in 2008. She has spent the past 15 years in marketing and sponsorship roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including Auckland Theatre Company, The NZ International Comedy Festival, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, The Oxford Playhouse and Watford Palace Theatre.

Helen is based in the Auckland office and manages the Audience Development programme, which delivers capability building, market development and research programmes to enable artists, practitioners and organisations across New Zealand to develop audiences for the arts.

Amy Saunders

Senior Adviser, International
+64 (09) 373 3059

Catherine George

Senior Adviser International - Asia
+64 (09) 926 5480

Catherine joined our Auckland office in October 2014 and is managing the Focus on Asia initiative. Prior to joining the International team she worked in a variety of marketing and project management roles, both in the private and public sectors.  One of her more recent roles was as the Senior Production Manager for IFA Media in Singapore where she was based for four years. Here she production managed programming for international broadcasters including Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Channel NewsAsia on a range of work. This included documentaries about internationally acclaimed artists Xu Bing and Zhang Huan, and China’s renowned dancer and choreographer, Yang Liping. Catherine worked with production teams across offices in China, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore who filmed extensively throughout Asia and around the globe.

Ana Sciascia

Adviser, International
+64 (04) 473 0194

Ana (Ngati Kahungunu/ Ngai Tahu) joined Creative New Zealand in September 2011 after completing her Masters degree in Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University.  Previously Ana worked at Whitireia Community Polytechnic; and before that as a senior researcher for the Labour Research Unit. She has international performing arts experience through her kapa haka involvement, which has taken her to South America, Italy, France and Spain.  In her current role, Ana is working on a variety of international initiatives including Creative New Zealand’s international incoming visitor programme, Te Manu Ka Tau.

he waka tipua, he waka atua, te waka Takitimu e!

Cassandra Wilson

Adviser, International and Special Projects
+64 (09) 354 4863

Cassandra joined Creative New Zealand in 2013 as the Project Administrator, Arts Policy, Capability Building and International Team and Project Administrator for New Zealand at Venice 2013 and 2015. In her current role, Cassandra supports the International Team as Project Co-ordinator for New Zealand at Venice, Edinburgh Legacy programme, and Adviser on the International Art Fair Fund and WW100 Co-commissioning Fund. Prior to joining Creative New Zealand, Cassandra was a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for nine years.

Arts Policy Development

Nonnita Rees

Manager, Policy Development
+64 (04) 498 0741

Nonnita ReesNonnita currently manages Creative New Zealand's Policy Development team. She rejoined us in 2009 for a second life at Creative New Zealand (she held a variety of leadership and management roles here between 1986-96). Non's career has seen a mix of cultural policy (at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, where she managed broadcasting policy and at the National Library where she work on the development and implementation of its new Act) and in the arts sector as an actor, director and administrator. Non is a founder of Playmarket, the Chair of the Robert Lord Writers' Cottage Trust in Dunedin, and a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Born in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, Non is a graduate of the University of Wales. She has a postgraduate diploma in theatre administration from the University of Manchester, a master's degree in theatre directing from the University of California and a master's in public policy from Victoria University in Wellington. Non is based in Creative New Zealand’s Wellington office.

John McDavitt

Senior Adviser Policy Development
+64 (04) 498 0736

John McDavittJohn joined Creative New Zealand in 2000. A graduate of the New Zealand Drama School he went on to work as a professional actor with various New Zealand theatre companies. He was President of New Zealand Actors Equity from 1983-85 before studying Arts Management at the University of South Australia in 1988. During the 1990s he was Director of Playmarket. John has worked for Creative New Zealand in various roles including: establishing partnerships with MoRST (Ministry of Research, Science and Technology) and the Department of Conservation. He was Theatre and Dance Adviser before moving to his current role as Strategy Adviser where he is involved in the review of recurrently funded organisations (RFOs) and helped develop Creative New Zealand’s distribution strategy. In his current role John advises on the development of sector wide, pan-art form strategies and policies. John is based in Creative New Zealand’s Wellington office.

About Creative NZ : The team