Our Staff

Creative New Zealand has 51 staff based in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch and Rotorua. Our staff have a range of arts experience and expertise across craft/object art, visual art, dance, film, Māori arts, literature, music, Pacific arts and theatre. Read our staff profiles:

Senior Leadership team

  • Stephen Wainwright

    Stephen Wainwright

    Chief Executive - Pou Whakahaere

    “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... life is personal and experiencing great art makes life better.”

    Stephen 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 2011.

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


    +64 (0)4 498 0743

  • Cath  Cardiff

    Cath Cardiff

    Senior Manager, Arts Policy, Capability and International - Tumu Whakahaere Matua, Kaupapa Toi, Hanga Āheitanga, Ā Taiao

    “It is gratifying to be working where the majority of the population really believe in and support the arts... A new group of young artists is also breaking down the barriers between art forms to develop innovative ways of devising and presenting their art. The future looks bright and I am excited to be part of it.”

    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 highlights from this period include 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 The Edge in Auckland as a programmer for theatre, dance and contemporary music. At Creative New Zealand Cath has been adviser for dance and theatre, and manager of audience and market development. The role of Manager of Arts Development involves the management and oversight of contestable funding and special opportunities for artists, the Creative Communities Scheme and selected research and policy development.

    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 from community arts through to well established writers, actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists. A new group of young artists is also breaking down the barriers between artforms to develop innovative ways of devising and presenting their art. The future looks bright and I am excited to be part of it.”


    +64 (0)4 473 0880

  • Gail Richards

    Gail Richards

    Senior Manager, Arts Funding - Tumu Whakahaere Matua, Toi Pūtea

    Gail (Ngapuhi/Ngati Kahu ki Whaingaroa) joined Creative New Zealand in 2012.  Gail has had extensive experience in the arts and culture sector both as an arts practitioner and an administrator.

    Prior to joining Creative New Zealand she was Manager of Arts, Culture and Events for the new Auckland Council, and previously Manager of Art Services for Auckland City Council.

    In these roles Gail has delivered a number of major strategic projects including the implementation of the Public Art Review for Auckland City Council and the Regional Māori Arts Infrastructure Programme.   She was responsible for leading the culture and events programmes, managing arts facilities and funding programmes, and providing advice to councillors and external agencies.

    Prior to working in local government, Gail was the project manager/producer for a number of productions/organisations including the Inaugural Aotearoa Womad Festival, Taiao Dance Theatre, Te Kanikani o te Rangatahi and  Nga Moemoea a te Rangatahi .

    Gail is based in the Auckland office.


    +64 (0)9 912 8369

  • Angus Evison

    Angus Evison

    Senior Manager, Business Services - Tumu Whakahaere Ratonga Kaipakihi

    “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.”


    +64 (0)4 473 0880

  • Muriwai  Ihakara

    Muriwai Ihakara

    Senior Manager, Māori Engagement - Tumu Whakahaere, Kaitakawaenga Māori

    “Ka noho ēnei tūāhuatanga hei tūāpapa mo ngā mahi otira koinei te kuaha hei kuhutanga atu ki ngā manako ki ngā pūmanawa ki ngā moemoeā a te ao mahi toi....Tihe mauri ora!”

    tipu mai a Muriwai i ngā rekereke o ōna kuia o ōna koroua mai roto o Ngāti Pikiao tatu atu rā ki Te Tairawhiti. Nā rātau ā ia i poipoi i mirimiria, i kōhete i whakatika e takatu nei ā ia i ēnei rā.

    Muriwai has a broad range of professional experience in Māori arts. Muriwai was privileged to be taught by the late Aunty Ngoi Pewhairangi, as a member of Te Hokowhitu-a-Tu and first performed in Tamararo seniors in 1969. Later he moved to Turanga and joined Waihirere under Uncle Bub and Aunty Nan Wehi before moving to Auckland and becoming a foundation member of Te Waka Huia.

    Moving to Sydney in the mid-eighties Muriwai was chair of the Sydney Māori Festival and board member of the Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Society, and formed the kapa haka group Te Huinga Waka with his wife, Venus.

    Since returning to Aotearoa Muriwai and Venus have been tutoring mahi haka for kura, secondary and senior groups. He has been a judge at Te Matatini (2000-2009), the major Maori performing arts event, and is a former Chair of the Wellington Māori Cultural Society and board member of Te Matatini.

    The Senior Manager, Māori Engagement provides strategic and cultural leadership for the organisation in delivering effectively to Māori, including building relationships with iwi and other stakeholders and contributing to key projects.

    Ka noho ēnei tūāhuatanga hei tūāpapa mo āna mahi otira koinei te kuaha hei kuhutanga atu māna ki ngā manako ki ngā pūmanawa ki ngā moemoeā a te ao mahi toi....Tihe mauri ora!


    Muriwai is now based in Rotorua. His phone number is the same and his postal address is that of the Wellington office. His physcial address is now:

    c/- Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment
    Zens Centre
    Level 7,
    1135 Arawa Street
    Rotorua 3040


    +64 (0)4 473 0880

  • David Pannett

    Senior Manager, Planning, Performance and Stakeholder Relations - Tumu Kaiwhakahaere Mahere, Whakaritenga, Hononga a Iwi

    David 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.


    +64 (0)4 473 0772

Arts Funding team

Arts Managers

  • Raewyn  Bright

    Raewyn Bright

    Manager Arts Grants and Creative Communities Scheme

    Raewyn joined Creative New Zealand in 2006 as the Literature Adviser and was appointed to the role of Manager of Arts Grants and the Creative Communities Scheme in 2011. Prior to 2006, she worked as an editor and project manager for a New Zealand publisher and as an English teacher in secondary schools. Raewyn has an MA (Hons) in Literature from Massey University. Based in Auckland, she is responsible for leading and managing the activities of the Arts Funding team in the areas of Arts Grants, Special Opportunities and Creative Communities. Raewyn is also manager of Creative New Zealand's Auckland office taking a lead role in building relationship with the sector and stakeholders in Auckland.


    09 373 3478

  • Haniko Te Kurapa

    Haniko Te Kurapa

    Manager Māori Arts Funding and Inter-arts

    Ko 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


    04 473 0182

Arts Advisers

  • Chris Archer

    Senior Arts Adviser - Music Portfolio

    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. Chris manages the music portfolio and also Creative New Zealand’s southern office in Christchurch.


    03 372 3570

  • Catherine Nola

    Senior Arts Adviser - Theatre

    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.


    09 3733090

  • Simon Vincent

    Arts Adviser - Theatre

    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.


    09 926 5481

  • Rose Campbell

    Senior Arts Adviser - Dance and Pan-artform Festivals

  • Briar Monro

    Senior Adviser - Community Arts

    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.


    04 471 0487

  • Makerita Urale

    Senior Arts Adviser - Pacific Arts

    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 series Living Room. Makerita was the recipient of the 2010 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand writer's residency at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.


    04 498 0729

  • Tumarangai Sciascia

    Arts Adviser - Māori Arts

    “He toi whakairo, He mana tangata -Where there is artistic excellence, there is human dignity”

    Tumarangai Sciascia (Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngāi Tahu) joined Creative New Zealand in May 2011 as the Māori Arts Adviser and is based in Auckland. His exposure to Māori art by his whanau and through Te Māori exhibition, Tamatea Arikinui kapa haka, and the Whitireia Performing Arts has led to a lifelong passion for the arts.  Prior to Creative New Zealand, Tumarangai worked for the Ministry of Education in Group Māori: Māori Education Strategic Policy team.  He is a senior member of the Porangahau kapa haka group Tamatea Arikinui, performing at regional and national competitions (Te Matatini). He also crewed onboard Te Matau a Maui (waka hourua) as it sailed with Te Mana o te Moana from Auckland to Fakarava, French Polynesia in April/May 2011. Tumarangai is excited at the mauri of waka hourua today and interested in how support is given to this priority artform and its navigators.

    He waka tipua, he waka atua. Te waka Takitimu e!


    09 365 1417

  • Amy Mansfield

    Temporary Senior Arts Adviser - Literature Portfolio

    (Acting) Senior Arts Adviser - Literature Portfolio

    or Raewyn Bright 
    09 373 3478


    09 373 3077

  • Humphrey Tait

    Arts Adviser - Craft/Object and Visual Arts

    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


    09 365 1416

  • Kate Montgomery

    Senior Arts Adviser - Visual Arts Portfolio

    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.


    04 4980732

  • Lee Martelli

    Arts Adviser - Music

Arts Policy, Capability and International team


  • Jude Chambers

    Jude Chambers

    Manager, International Special Projects and Cultural Exchange

    Jude 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.


    09 373 3070

  • Belinda Jones

    Belinda Jones

    Manager, International and Capability Building

    Belinda 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.


    +64 (0)4 4985204

  • Nonnita Rees

    Nonnita Rees

    Manager, Policy Development

    Nonnita 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.


    04 498 0741

Arts Policy Development

  • John McDavitt

    Senior Adviser Policy Development

    John 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.


    04 498 0736

  • Dr Calvin Scott

    Adviser Policy Development

    Calvin joined Creative New Zealand in February 2008 after living overseas for a number of years. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from Victoria University and a PhD from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. Calvin’s main focus is on research, policy and evaluation. He has contributed to Creative New Zealand’s review of the Creative Communities Scheme, the reviews of contestable and recurrent funding as well as the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for contestable funding. He is currently involved in the development of policy relating to young people and the arts, community arts and cultural diversity. Outside work Calvin leads an active musical life as an oboist and pianist and also has a keen interest in literary translation. Calvin is based in Creative New Zealand’s Wellington Office.


    04 499 3581

International & Capability Building

  • Helen Bartle

    Senior Adviser, Audience Development and Capability Building

    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.


    09 377 8750

  • Amy Saunders

    Senior Adviser, International

    Amy joined Creative New Zealand in 2013 in the role of Senior Adviser, International. For thelast five years prior to joining Creative New Zealand, Amy has worked with Festivals Edinburgh as Manager Special Projects. During her time there she delivered collaborative projects and initiatives, which supported growth in audiences, products and services. One project included aseason of work from South Africa in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, involving artists from many disciplines. Amy hails originally from Auckland where she worked as a journalist, writer, publicist and reviewer. She has a degree in Arts and Commerce from Otago University and post graduate diploma in journalism. Amy is based in Creative New Zealand’s Auckland office.


    09 373 3059

  • Catherine George

    Senior Adviser International - Asia

    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 Infocus Asia 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.


    +64 (0)9 926 5480

  • Ana Sciascia

    Adviser, International

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

    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.


    04 473 0194

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