Our Council

Creative New Zealand is a Crown entity governed by the Arts Council. The council encourages, promotes and supports New Zealand arts to benefit all New Zealanders. It upholds the right to artistic freedom and promotes a New Zealand identity in the arts.

Role and responsibilities

The council:

  • sets the strategic direction of Creative New Zealand and monitors its performance 
  • sets guidelines for the allocation of funding and the implementation of initiatives
  • establishes assessment processes for the allocation of funding
  • maintains relationships with other agencies and organisations.

The council must uphold the principles of:

  • participation, by supporting initiatives that encourage participation in the arts
  • access, by supporting initiatives that provide access to the arts for those that may not otherwise have the opportunity
  • excellence and innovation, by supporting work that develops the creative potential of artists and artforms
  • professionalism, by maintaining and developing a professional arts infrastructure in New Zealand
  • advocacy, by promoting New Zealand art and artists at home and overseas.

The council recognises:

  • the cultural diversity of New Zealand
  • in the arts, the role of Māori in arts as tangata whenua
  • the arts of the Pacific Island peoples of New Zealand.

For more detail read the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014 at legislation.govt.nz

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Māori and Pacific representation

The Council includes:

  • a minimum of four members with knowledge of Māori Arts, te ao Māori (a Māori world view) and tikanga Māori (Māori protocol and culture) appointed in consultation with the Minister of Māori Development
  • two members with knowledge of the arts, and the traditions or cultures, of the Pacific Island peoples of New Zealand, appointed in consultation with the Minister of Pacific Communities.

Members of the Council 

Michael MoynahanMichael Moynahan (Chair) of Wellington has a long association with literature and a 25-year career in publishing. He helped develop the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival and was the inaugural Chair of its trust board. Michael chaired the Publishers and Booksellers Associations of New Zealand and was a member of the New Zealand Book Council. He was also CEO of Harper Collins (Australia, New Zealand and India), CEO of Random House India, and Managing Director and Chairman of Random House New Zealand. 

Caren RangiCaren Rangi (Deputy Chair) of Hawkes Bay, is of Cook Islands Māori descent and is a former member of the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand. She is an experienced public sector governance practitioner, with a passion for Cook Islands Māori dance, music and cultural history. Caren is a qualified accountant and auditor who owns and operates Ei Mua Consulting Ltd, providing consulting services in facilitation, strategic planning and training.  Caren is a board member for NZ On Air (the Broadcasting Commission) and the Charities Registration Board. She is also a trustee of the Eastern and Central Community Trust, and Pacific Homecare Services, and was a founding board member of the National Pacific Radio Trust. 


Professor Taiarahia BlackProfessor Taiarahia Black of Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Te Whānau a Apanui descent, is a senior staff member at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane. A Foundation Fellow (external) of Massey University, Palmerston North, Professor Black is an internationally known expert in Māori language revitalisation and reclamation.



Andrew CaisleyAndrew Caisley of Auckland has served as a member of the Arts Council, the New Zealand Book Council, and is currently a member of the New Zealand Film and Literature Board of Review. He was chairman of Silo Theatre from 2000 to 2003, and as founding chairman of the New Theatre Initiative Inc. from 2000 was closely involved in the development of the Q-Theatre on Queen St in Auckland. Andrew is a founding partner of legal firm Kiely Thompson Caisley.

Garth Gallaway of Christchurch is a lawyer and a partner in Chapman Tripp. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, insurance law, and health and safety defence work. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, especially mediation. He is the Chair of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Trustees. He is a collector of New Zealand art, a trustee of the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust, Chairman of the W. A. Sutton Charitable Trust and Honorary President of New Zealand Football. He was a member of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and a member of the Film and Literature Review Board.

Dame Jenny Gibbs DNZM of Auckland is an arts patron and collector who has served as founder and chair of the Patrons of Auckland City Art Gallery and Auckland Contemporary Art Trust, as an inaugural board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and as Commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2003.


Karl JohnsroneKarl Johnstone of Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri descent operates his own consultancy, Haumi (NZ) Ltd. which specialises in cultural strategy, and concept and content development. He was the Director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, which – alongside its expansive international programme – operates the national schools for Māori material culture. Karl was formally trained in fine arts and education and has worked in the cultural heritage sector for 20 years, including seven years at New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa.

Roger KingRoger King is from the Hawkes Bay and has more than two decades of experience in the arts. This includes being WOMAD Festival Programme Director, Artistic Director of the Taranaki Festival of the Arts, Chair of Chamber Music New Zealand and Creative Hawkes Bay.



Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, QSO of Wellington was Chair of the former Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand. She is Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University. This follows a Parliamentary career as the Member of Parliament for Mana, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister of Social Development, Economic Development, and Trade. Elected in 1999, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was the first Pacific Island woman in the New Zealand Parliament. She resigned in October 2010 to take up her position at Victoria University.

Wayne Marriott JP (Chair, Audit & Risk) of Whakatāne is an independent cultural heritage consultant. He is an experienced cultural heritage and art gallery director who has held a number of senior positions in New Zealand and internationally. He is a Director, Art & Acre, a Bay of Plenty based gallery, cultural consultancy and brokerage, and currently is a Cultural Consultant for Taupo District Council and Project Manager for Pou Whakaaro Community House, Whakatane.  Formerly Deputy Chair, BayTrust, he has also served as conjoint Member of the Board of Heritage New Zealand and Maori Heritage Council.  Other former positions include Manager, Culture and Heritage for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; Manager, Arts and Culture at the Whakatane District Council (2009-2012) where he led the redevelopment of Te Koputu o te Whanaga a Toi (Whakatane); and General Manager of Museums Aotearoa. He has received a Winston Churchill Fellowship and US State Dept. IVLP.  In 2005 he completed the development of Town Acre 445, The Nelson Provincial Museum.

Michael Prentice of Christchurch is owner and Director of Thinking Out Loud, a strategic consultancy that works with organisations and brands to help clarify and communicate their story. Michael was formerly Managing Director of the Christchurch office of strategic design consultancy Designworks, Group Planning Director for Strategy Design and Advertising, and Planning Director for Ogilvy New Zealand. He has extensive managerial and commercial skills and has developed the brand and advertising strategies of some of New Zealand's most recognised brands. Michael was a member of the former Arts Board of Creative New Zealand. He founded and chaired the trust board of contemporary dance company, Black Grace and is a former director of Auckland’s performing arts facilities organisation, The Edge.

Dean WhitingDean Whiting of Wellington is of Te Whānau a Apanui decent. He is a Māori heritage manager at Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and leads the Māori built heritage conservation programme. He has also worked in private practice as a Māori taonga conservator directly for tribal groups and also in Māori design and arts field. Participation and local leadership are the key elements of the work he leads with Māori communities to preserve and protect their cultural heritage sites and buildings. Revitalisation of traditional arts and cultural practice are integral elements of that process. Dean was formally trained at the University of Canberra in the Conservation of Cultural Materials with further Study at the ACCU Training Course on Conservation of Wooden Structures, Nara Japan.