Arts Board

The Arts Board is responsible for developing the arts and artists of New Zealanders by investing funds, developing initiatives and delivering tailored programmes to meet identified needs.


Alan Sorrell (Chair) is a barrister at Bankside Chambers Auckland, an Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand, and is interested in intellectual property issues. He was a member of the New Zealand Film Commission from 1993 to 2002, including six years as its chair. He has a keen interest in the arts and their integral role in New Zealand’s identity.

Michael Prentice is Group Strategic Director of Strategy Design and  Advertising. He has extensive managerial and commercial skills and has  developed the brand and advertising strategies of some of New Zealand's  most recognised brands. He established and chaired the Black Grace Trust  for six years, has been a Director of The Aotea Board of Management (The  Edge), and is currently a trustee of The Auckland Opera Studio.

Terry Snow is an Auckland journalist, and former arts editor and editor of The New Zealand Listener. He has written about the arts for more than 30 years, was a music critic in London and an English-language editor at Phonogram in the Netherlands. He has regularly reviewed music, theatre and dance in New Zealand. A pianist and trained music teacher, he composes music for personal interest and has won the Ealing Festival composer/performer prize. He has experience in book publishing and has collaborated in the writing of six books. He was the Magazine Publishers Association representative on the New Zealand Press Council and the Advertising Standards Complaints Board from 1999 to 2006. He currently chairs the New Zealand War Graves Trust.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban is Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University following a Parliamentary career in which she held positions 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.

Nandor Tanczos has extensive experience working in the not-for-profit sector and with strategic planning and governance, including as a Board member of NORML NZ, a founder and trustee of the Catalyst Creative Collective Trust, a founder and director of The Hempstore Aotearoa, a founder and member of the Strategic Planning and Facilitation Group of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and a member of the Waste Advisory Board. He was a Green Party MP from 1999 until 2008, sitting on the Justice and Electoral Committee, the Standing Orders Committee and the Special Parliamentary Committee on New Zealand's Constitutional Arrangements. Nandor has been involved in organising a number of music festivals and events and has a particular interest in non-traditional art forms.

Anne Rush, MNZM is a visual artist based in Nelson who has worked across a wide spectrum of arts and cultural development. Apart from creating her own exhibitions for dealer and regional galleries since 1983, she was researcher and project manager of the benchmark symposium Destination New Zealand- Capturing the Cultural Tourist (1998) and has served as a member on the APEC Prime Ministerial Advisory Group on Arts and Culture (1999), National Working Party on Cultural Tourism (2000), Queen Elizabeth II National Working Party on Community Arts (1993) and Queen Elizabeth II Central Regional Arts Council (1986-1989). Regional projects include co-founding the Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Network (1993) and the Nelson Regional Guidebook: Art in its own place (1994). A recipient of a Social Entrepreneur’s Grant in 2002 she developed a Cultural Mapping case study and toolkit Presenting Ourselves: Unlocking and Interpreting Cultural Landscapes, and has chaired the Nelson Heritage Advisory Group (2002-2009) and Nelson City Council Heritage Implementation Group (2007-2009). 

Jocelyn Afford has a legal background, having been a partner in a Wellington law firm. She has extensive arts interests and governance experience, having previously been a Radio New Zealand board member and secretary of the New Zealand Apple and Pear Board’s regulatory authority. Jocelyn Afford was also former chair of the Whitirea Community Law Centre.

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