Nui te Kōrero Speakers 2019

Introducing our keynote speakers

Moana Jackson

Moana Jackson will talk about Aotearoa New Zealand’s Treaty journey and acknowledge the part arts and culture play in that journey. As well as helping us define diversity, he will share his views of what indigenous peoples are saying and how the sector can respond to the challenges, weaving together the threads of equity and access to quality arts, especially for Māori.

Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou) is a Māori lawyer, respected nationally and internationally for his deep knowledge and expertise in the Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional issues. He is Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamarama i Ngā Ture (the Māori Legal Service he co-founded in 1987) and he teaches in the Māori Law and Philosophy degree programme at Te Wananga o Raukawa. Moana is a prominent speaker on matters concerning law and policy affecting Māori culture and identity, and wrote the Waitangi Tribunal claim for  indigenous flora and fauna and Māori cultural and intellectual property rights (Wai 262).

Known for his extensive overseas work on international indigenous issues, Moana chaired the Caucus for Indigenous Peoples responsible for drafting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is also a Judge on the International Human Rights Tribunal, based in Geneva.

Kelvyn Eglinton

Kelvyn Eglinton will draw from his real-life experiences in international mining, local and central government, urban growth strategy and the sports industry, discussing relevance through partnerships and the importance of putting community at the heart of transformational projects. 

Kelvyn Eglinton, is Chief Executive of Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, a private foundation that ably demonstrates excellence in public-private partnerships and creating community wellbeing through the arts.

The foundation aims to raise a $300 million endowment fund in the next 30 years to ensure a better Waikato for Everyone Forever. Kelvyn is a specialist in global Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and implementation and is adept in multi-partner strategies, business planning and development programme design. 


Tuaratini will give us insights into her work with Pacific communities to encourage the revitalization of the storytelling styles of the Pacific.

Tuaratini is Takitua (storyteller) and Project Manager for Pacifica Arts Centre. From a young age, the Auckland-born Cook Islander was fascinated with myths and legends and learned that Pacific history was riddled with incredible stories of gods and goddesses that became one with the sea, land and sky. From there, Tuaratini was hooked and her Pacific storytelling journey began.

As Project Manager at the Pacifica Arts Centre in west Auckland, Tuaratini facilitates varying arts, community, and education programmes. She also performs as the Pacifica Experience official Storyteller, and is the senior tutor of the programme’s music, drums and dance workshop.

Breakout sessions and speakers

Courageous conversation

Dr Matthew Farry, iCCAR

Want to develop your racial equity leadership and cross-cultural competencies and have a ‘courageous conversation’ about race and culture in your life and the lives of others? Then this session is for you.

Matthew is Director of the Institute for Courageous Conversations About Race South Pacific (iCCAR). iCCAR was launched in 2016 in Aotearoa New Zealand, and was the inspired offspring of a unique partnership between the President of Pacific Educational Group (PEG), Founder and Author, Mr Glenn Singleton, and academic and practitioner of racial equity, Dr Matthew Farry.   

Growing community well-being through the arts

Rick Heath, Performing Arts Connections Australia & Alison Dalziel, Localise

This breakout is aimed at art organisations and local government senior management, to assist them to grow community well-being through their arts providers and facilities. Research tells us that local governments value their performing arts centres first and foremost as spaces that generate community wellbeing. This session will outline the tools and practices that help develop shared understanding and common language between local government and arts organisations. It will provide guidance in regard to strategy-setting, governance, resource allocation and management decisions that deliver community cohesion, vibrancy and grow the local economy. 

Rick has worked in the performing arts industry across Australia for 30 years. He is the Executive Director of Performing Arts Connections Australia (formerly the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association – APACA) and Director of Push Management Pty Ltd, a strategic planning consultancy for the arts industry. Alison is an economist with a passion for local government where she has spent over half of her career in a variety of technical and senior management roles. She has been consulting (Localise) in the local government sector in Western Australia since arriving from New Zealand in 2009.

How can arts organisations increase their relevance and cultivate the next generation of donors?

Jo Blair, Founder and Director, Brown Bread

Old ways don’t open new doors. This is the central belief system behind Brown Bread and at the heart of this kōrero. In this interactive breakout, Jo will unpack the key trends in philanthropy relevant to the next generation of donors.

Millennials are more receptive to cause marketing than previous generations and they’re the largest future giving demographic that are looking for new and innovative ideas to make better things happen. Based in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, Brown Bread is growing a culture of giving by connecting communities, building meaningful movements, and empowering good businesses to be even better.

Changing expectations of rangatahi today

Amiria Puia-Taylor, Kian Sinapati and Bobby MacDonald

How might we involve rangatahi and tap into their potential by allowing our youth to lead through action? Founder of The People Weaver, Amiria will be joined by two of her crew members, Youth Advisor of The 312 Hub Kian Sinapati and her left-handed creative business partner Bobby MacDonald. Filled with practical on hand consultation and of course, the active process of art-making and weaving people together, join this kōrero to make your relationships with youth more meaningful.

Price, Value and Audience Development

Aaron Curran, Associate, Baker Richards

Getting prices right for every seat, for every performance, before you go on sale is difficult. However, through analysis and research we can create a more informed understanding of what your audiences value, make more accurate forecasts, improve your in-campaign marketing and pricing decisions, and develop more robust and pragmatic audience development strategies. In this session, Aaron Curran shares some observations and tips learned from working on pricing projects with many Australian and international arts organisations, that help to predict customer behaviour and achieve commercial potential.

Aaron has 20 years management experience in the arts and culture sectors, having held leadership roles at Sydney Opera House, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and others. Aaron consults with many of Australia's cultural organisations to drive their marketing objectives and deliver increased revenue and audience growth. Aaron is an Associate of Baker Richards, a leading international consulting and software firm which helps cultural organisations realise their commercial potential.

The full programme, including breakout selections, will be available in early May.