The team

Creative New Zealand has 60 staff based in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Our team has a range of experience and expertise across many artforms.

Read our staff profiles:

Senior Leadership

Funding Services

Capability Services and Initiatives

Assessment Services

International Services and Initiatives

Investment Services - Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea programmes

Arts Practice Directors

Policy and Performance

Senior Leadership


Stephen Wainwright

Chief Executive  - Pou Whakarae
askthece@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0743

Stephe 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 Development Services
cath.cardiff@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 473 0880

Cath CardiffCath 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.

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. Cath joined Creative New Zealand as Adviser, Dance and Theatre and has moved on to hold a number of senior managerial roles within the agency, including in the audience and market development, capability building and international programmes.

Cath feels enormously privileged to have 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
angus.evison@creativenz.govt.nz
+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, Strategy and Engagement
david.pannett@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 473 0880

David leads the Strategy and Engagement team which initiates and implements advocacy initiatives, manages communications with the media and other stakeholders, produces publications and provides information to the arts sector and members of the public. The team also manages government relations, including strategy and accountability documents, public and government requests for information, business planning and reporting, and governance policy.

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.

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.


Paula Carr 

Senior Manager, Māori Strategy & Partnerships
paula.carr@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0706

Paula (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngārauru, Te Atiawa) is leading Creative New Zealand’s work to develop and support Ngā Toi Māori. This includes advocating for a shared agenda and increasing the agency’s impact on Māori arts and culture by working with key external stakeholders, including other government organisations and agencies.  

Before joining Creative New Zealand in 2016, Paula worked at governance and operational levels assisting iwi and organisations to achieve their strategic goals. She has more than 20 years’ experience managing and delivering public and private sector projects.  She has significant treaty sector experience including advocating for iwi claimant groups and negotiating and implementing a wide range of funding and contracting programmes.

Paula is a relationship builder who is passionate about using her influence to achieve more positive results for Māori, for the betterment of communities. Paula holds a Bachelor of Business Management (double major) from Massey University and also has qualifications in project and programme management.


Makerita Urale

Senior Manager, Pacific Arts​
makerita.urale@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0729

Makerita works across our funding and development programmes to provide expertise on Pacific arts in New Zealand and internationally. Her professional and creative experience as a writer, producer and director informs her strategic knowledge of the arts sector and the creative process of artists and creatives. Makerita also leads key projects including the annual Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Awards and events, cultural exchanges, international residencies and partnerships as well as working with Tōtara and Kahikatea investments clients.

Before joining us Makerita led successful projects in theatre, festivals, television and film. Her play Frangipani Perfume toured internationally and is taught at universities and schools. She has directed documentaries and tackled issues such as gangs, political protest, art and history in Children of the Revolution (Qantas Media Award), Waiata Whawhai - Songs of Protest and Savage Symbols about Samoan tattooing. She was also a director for the award winning arts series Living Room. She is an alumni of the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific writer's residency at the University of Hawai'i in 2010.

Makerita is fluent in Samoan and also speaks Te Reo Maori and is learning French. She continues to pursue her artistic passions in writing and has a new hobby of painting with acrylics and watercolours.


Haniko Te Kurapa

Manager Te Kaupapa o Toi Aoteoroa
haniko.tekurapa@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 473 0182

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.

Funding Services


Richard Knowles

Manager, Funding Services 
richard.knowles@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 373 3478

Richard manages the Funding Services team which is responsible for the administration of all funding programmes other than investment funding, from application advice to post application feedback and acquittal.

Richard graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Music, and had a career in both orchestra and opera management in the United Kingdom and Australia, before moving into venue management at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre. He then spent seven years as Head of Visitor Services at Buckingham Palace, where he was responsible for managing the visitor experience teams at The Queen’s Gallery, Royal Mews and Clarence House as well as the Summer Opening of the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace.

He returned to New Zealand in early 2017 as Executive Director of New Zealand Opera, and in October 2018 joined the Creative New Zealand team.


Humphrey Tait

Senior Funding Adviser, Funding Services
humphrey.tait@creativenz.govt.nz
T: +64 (09) 365 1416
M: 021 796 968

Humphrey provides advice to artists and organisations about our funding programmes and initiatives as well as helping to deliver these programmes. Humphrey joined Creative New Zealand in 2013 as Adviser, Craft/object & Visual Arts having previously held roles in a range of craft/object and visual arts galleries in Auckland, Christchurch and London.


Renee Casserly

Funding Adviser, Funding Services
renee.casserly@creativenz.govt.nz
T: +64 (09) 926 5483
M: 027 319 1875

Renee has been working in the Arts for 20 years in various roles and guises. Renee has primarily been an Arts Administrator and Theatre Practitioner – producing, directing and acting, with a special interest in making theatre participation more accessible for people to get involved in. In recent years she has worked freelance as an events coordinator, and in 2017/18 returned to acting; touring Australia with Theatre in Education, and in 2018 graduating from The Actor’s Program. Renee holds a Bachelor of Management Studies with Majors in Theatre and Marketing. 


Sarah Burge

Funding Adviser, Funding Services
sarah.burge@creativenz.govt.nz
M: 027 309 6815

Sarah supports the delivery of the grants management processes including advice to artists and organisations about all of our funding programmes other than investment funding. Sarah first joined Creative New Zealand in 2017 and has worked across various roles and teams, and she previously worked at the Auckland Art Gallery in the Visitor Services Team. She has a conjoint degree in Fine Arts (Hons) and Art History from the University of Auckland. Sarah is also a part time yoga instructor, and when she is not in the office you will find her on her yoga mat or soaking up the sun at the beach.


Margaux Wong

Funding Adviser, Funding Services
margaux.wong@creativenz.govt.nz
M: 027 394 1450

Margaux provides friendly advice and support to artists, practitioners and organisations about all funding programmes other than investment funding. Before joining Creative New Zealand in 2020, Margaux worked in the Collections team at the Science Museum in London. She has previously held roles at arts organisations such as the Depot Artspace, Corban Estate Arts Centre and the Mangere Arts Centre. Margaux graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) / Bachelor of Commerce Conjoint from The University of Auckland.


Stephanie Wilson

Funding Adviser, Funding Services
stephanie.wilson@creativenz.govt.nz
M: 027 237 8738

Stephanie joined Creative New Zealand in 2021 and supports the administration of our funding programmes. Stephanie provides advice and support to applicants throughout the grants process. Stephanie previously worked as a Scholarship Adviser at the University of Auckland for several years. She has a Master of Arts in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Geography from the University of Auckland.


Tanya Martusheff 

Funding Agreements and Reporting Administrator 
tanya.martusheff@creativenz.govt.nz

Tanya joined Creative New Zealand in 2021. She has a background in accounting and bookkeeping and has previously worked as Programmes Administrator and Payroll Administrator at non-profit arts organisations Artists Alliance and Toi Ora Live Arts Trust. Tanya supports the Funding Services grants process with administration in reporting and grant payments. She is also an arts practitioner with a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Capability Services and Initiatives


Belinda Jones

Manager, Capability Services & Initiatives
belinda.jones@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 5204

The Capability Services and Initiatives team provides training and online resources to help organisations and practitioners develop professionally and better manage and grow their business.

Belinda has a Bachelor of Art (Hons) in art history from the University of Canterbury and worked in public art galleries in the South Island before joining Creative New Zealand in 2001. She has worked in various roles including Adviser Visual Arts, in the Arts Organisations Development Programme; Adviser, Audience and Market Development; and Senior Adviser, International. Most recently Belinda was Manager, International and Capability Building where she managed New Zealand’s presence at international fairs and markets and capability building initiatives for the sector including the regional arts pilots and national touring. 


Helen Khoey

Senior Adviser, Audience Development & Capability Building
helen.khoey@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 377 8750

Helen joined Creative New Zealand as Adviser, Audience and Market Development in 2005 and was appointed Senior Adviser, Audience Development in 2008 and Senior Adviser Audience Development and Capability Building in 2012.  Helen works on a variety of capability building and audience development initiatives, including Nui te Kōrero, Māori and Pasifika internship initiatives and the Auckland Diversity Project Fund. She has worked on several research programmes including New Zealanders and the Arts: Attitudes, attendance and participation and Audience Atlas New Zealand. 

Prior to joining Creative New Zealand, Helen spent 15 years in marketing and sponsorship roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including Auckland Theatre Company, NZ International Comedy Festival, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, The Oxford Playhouse and Watford Palace Theatre.


Evotia-Rose Araiti

Senior Adviser, Capability Services & Initiatives, Pacific 
evotia.araiti@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 473 0194

Evotia-Rose joined Creative New Zealand in 2020 and has the privilege of supporting Pasifika Festivals and Pacific arts organisations to develop capabilities and skills which support them in being organisationally resilient, sustainable and robust. Evotia-Rose has a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources & Industrial Relations; and Psychology from the Victoria University of Wellington. Before joining Toi Aotearoa Creative New Zealand, Evotia-Rose predominantly worked in the corporate sector in human resources, organisational development and consultant roles.

Assessment Services


Penny Chitty

Manager, Assessment Services
penny.chitty@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0716

The Assessment Services team is responsible for the external peer assessment of all our funding and development opportunities. Creative New Zealand uses peer assessors to assess applications to provide independence and industry expertise and Assessment Services selects, trains and supports external assessors in their role. Assessment Services is also responsible for the decision making process that Creative New Zealand follows to reach fair and transparent outcomes and providing expert support on assessment models.  

Prior to joining Creative New Zealand in 2019, Penny held multiple management roles at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as Operations Manager/Vice Consul for Immigration New Zealand. Most recently, she worked in Ho Chi Minh City,  being responsible for the operations in Vietnam. Penny has over 10 years of experience managing teams responsible for assessing and deciding applications across a multitude of areas, notably the international education sector and the horticulture/viticulture sector.


Lee Martelli

Senior Adviser, Assessment Services
lee.martelli@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 373 3091

Lee is passionate about standard-based assessment and has been involved in assessment design and moderation for 20 years. After working as a head of department in Auckland secondary schools for 10 years, Lee was contracted to design assessment exemplars for NZQA.

Lee went on to Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO), where she eventually became the Director of APO Connecting, the orchestra’s education, community and outreach programme. Lee enjoyed collaborating with market research companies on evaluation tools and developing impact frameworks. Lee has judged a number of music competitions and enjoys reading about sustainability. Hobbies include kickboxing and watching her daughter’s dance shows.


Jess Waugh

Adviser, Assessment Services
jess.waugh@creativenz.govt.nz 

Jess joined the Assessment Services team in 2017, and has experience working across the arts sector particularly in the visual arts and craft/object areas. Jess holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, Auckland.


Carly Blair

Adviser, Assessment Services
carly.blair@creativenz.govt.nz 

Carly joined the Assessment Services team in late 2019. Prior to joining Creative New Zealand, she worked in television broadcast media for ten years in a wide variety of roles. With career high points ranging from helping launch new television channels to ensuring that New Zealand audiences were able to watch the All Blacks playing overseas, she’s enjoying the chance to bring her skills to a new area in her career.

International Services and Initiatives


Jude Chambers

Manager, International Services and Initiatives
jude.chambers@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 373 3070

Jude manages the team responsible for connecting New Zealand artists and arts organisations with global markets, international networks and international and cultural and artistic exchange.

Jude is responsible for delivering a number of international projects and initiatives; including New Zealand’s participation at the Venice Biennale Arte and Edinburgh festivals, the international visitor programme Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends and a suite of partnerships and programmes that support international cultural and artform exchange including the Focus on Asia initiative.

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.


Catherine George

Senior Adviser, International Services & Initiatives
catherine.george@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 926 5480

Catherine joined us in 2014 to manage the Focus on Asia initiative which builds stronger artistic and cultural connections with six target territories in Asia. The initiative provides a range of platforms for New Zealand artists to connect, collaborate and partner with artists, practitioners and organisations in Asia.

Catherine also supports the development of artistic and cultural exchange programmes in the Pacific. She is able to draw on her previous experience working with Pacific Trade Invest where she facilitated trade opportunities for exporters in 16 Pacific Island nations. Prior to joining us, Catherine was based in Singapore as the Senior Production Manager for IFA Media. She managed programming for international broadcasters including Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, and Channel NewsAsia. She worked with production teams in China, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.


Eleanor Congreve

Senior Adviser, International Services and Initiatives
eleanor.congreve@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 373 3059

Eleanor is responsible for a portfolio of internationally focused programmes, projects and initiatives which position New Zealand arts and artists internationally. She works collaboratively with key partners to develop audiences and opportunities for artists in overseas markets. This includes managing the Te Manu Ka Tau programme, which brings international festival directors, curators, presenters, publishers, agents, producers and partners across the art forms to New Zealand to encourage them to curate, present and publish the work of New Zealand artists.

Before joining Creative New Zealand, Eleanor worked with a range of arts organisations and philanthropic initiatives in the UK and NZ. Most recently in NZ, she was the Associate Director of the Auckland Writers Festival. In London, she managed the patron's programme at Tate Gallery, delivering an international events programme, and was involved in the establishment of an HM Treasury-funded project designed to increase philanthropic giving in the UK.


Cassandra Wilson

Adviser, International Services & Initiatives
cassandra.wilson@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 354 4863

Cassandra joined us 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 us, Cassandra was a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for nine years.

Investment Services


Deborah McSmith

Manager, Investment Services
deborah.mcsmith@creativenz.govt.nz

Debs leads the Investment Services team, who hold the relationships with our Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment clients, and Creative Communities Scheme administrators. The Investment Services team also contribute to the delivery of the Pacific Festival Initiative.

She graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Auckland Business School in 2003. She began her career as a lighting technician and music manager before moving into event and production management, producing, business management and development, and governance.  Debs first joined the CNZ whānau in 2012 on a parental leave contract as the Senior Advisor for Dance, Multidisciplinary Arts and Festivals, and remained connected with CNZ as a peer assessor and panel facilitator. Most recently, Debs was the Operational Strategy Advisor for Auckland Council’s arts and culture unit. 


Simon Vincent

Senior Adviser, Investment Services
simon.vincent@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (09) 926 5481

Simon works with clients in multi-year Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes in the areas of monitoring and evaluation. He also works closely with investment clients to ensure they are aware of and engaged with our strategy and offers support where necessary. He has recently taken on the management of the other two investment advisers in the team.

Simon came to this role from a performing arts background, working both as a practitioner and producer in the theatre sector. His most recent role prior to joining Creative New Zealand was at the National Library of New Zealand delivering their Auckland public programmes.


Janelle Salisbury

Contracts Adviser, Investment Services
janelle.salisbury@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0730

Janelle monitors the agreements and development goals of arts organisations in the Toi Totara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes. She is also responsible for managing the agreements, relationships, reporting and delivery of the Creative Communities Scheme.

Since graduating from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music with a Bachelor of Music (majoring in Jazz) in 2013, Janelle has gained experience in both the public and private sectors in roles spanning customer service, corporate support, contract administration and procurement.


Jason Chan

Investment Services Adviser, Investment Services
jason.chan@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0742

Jason liaises with clients in our Toi Totara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes with respect to their reporting requirements and evaluation.

Jason has graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2013 (majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law). He comes to us from PriceWaterhouseCooper's Restructuring team and has also gained experience from relationship management roles in the financial services sector.


Simonne Likio

Senior Advisor Investment, Pacific
simonne.likio@creativenz.govt.nz
T: +64 (09) 373 3145
M: 027 605 1627

Simonne joined the Investment Services team in 2021 and provides client service in the delivery of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, the Toi Totara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes.

Simonne has been with Creative New Zealand since the end of 2017 and was a funding adviser with our Funding Services team. She has previously held roles in local arts and government social sectors. These include Fresh Gallery Ōtara, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children and The Vulnerable Children’s Hub. She is currently enrolled in postgraduate study at the University of Auckland (Pacific Studies), and has particular interests in Pacific arts history and indigenous material culture


Rebecca Kunin

Senior Adviser, Creative Communities Scheme
rebecca.kunin@creativenz.govt.nz

Rebecca began her career working in large-scale art museums in North America. After living in the United States and India, she returned to New Zealand to pursue a master’s degree in Film, Television and Media Studies. Her thesis focussed on Indian film production in New Zealand.

In 2005, Rebecca became the first Executive Director of Script to Screen, a non-profit organisation that supports creatives in the local screen industry. Most recently, Rebecca spent six years working in a variety of roles within the Arts and Culture Department at Auckland Council.

Rebecca has a strong interest in South Asian artforms, community arts, visual arts, and craft/object artforms.

She lives with her family in Swanson, surrounded by the great forests of Tiriwa.


Tracy Watts

Coordinator, Investment Services
tracy.watts@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0733

Tracy is the Coordinator for the Investment Services team and PA to the Manager, Investment Services.

She joined CNZ in 2016 and has experience in project administration, stakeholder engagement and customer services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Education from Victoria University, Wellington.

Arts Practice Directors


Arts practice directors provide expertise and advice to Creative New Zealand in specific areas of arts practice. They have a deep engagement with the arts sector so they can identify trends and opportunities to help support arts development in New Zealand. If you have a question about a funding programme please contact Funding Services

Liz Cleary

Manager, Arts Practice Directors and Arts Development Programmes
liz.cleary@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0736

Liz manages the team responsible for leading Creative New Zealand’s engagement with all major arts practices. The Arts Practice Directors Team provide strategic advice on the direction and development of each arts practice area, and provide subject matter expertise to support funding and investment decisions, strategies and corporate plans.

Liz joined our whānau in 2018 to lead the development of Te Hā o ngā Toi, Creative New Zealand’s ngā Toi Māori strategy, and then led the team responsible for our response to Covid-19. She has experience in the education and Treaty of Waitangi sectors in various roles including programme management, investment and innovation, strategy development, business performance and relationship management.


Kereama Te Ua

Arts Practice Director - Māori
kereama.teua@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0735

He uri tenei, no Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Tūhoe, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri me Ngāti Pākeha.

Kereama has more than 20 years of experience working, teaching and performing in the arts. Kereama has a wealth of experience ranging from dance, theatre, film, television, education and holds a Bachelor of Maori Performing Arts. Kereama is a senior member of the prestigious kapahaka roopu, Te Waka Huia and is currently preparing for his 10th Te Matatini kapahaka festival. 

Ki te wātea te hinengaro me te kaha o te rere o te wairua, ka taea ngā mea katoa


Malcolm Burgess

Arts Practice Director - Literature
malcolm.burgess@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0707

Malcolm Burgess is our representative to the literature sector.  He joined us in mid-2015 as Senior Arts Adviser, Literature, and has a background in arts and books journalism, publishing and communications. Previous roles range 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 as a freelance editor and in media liaison and as a social media specialist. He studied English and German literature and linguistics at Auckland University and journalism at the University of Canterbury.


Amanda Hereaka

Arts Practice Director - Theatre, Dance & Festivals
amanda.hereaka@creativenz.govt.nz 
+64 (04) 498 0726

Amanda (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa) brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise after 20 years in the industry working in almost every role imaginable; from theatre usher to Artistic Director and Board member. She has worked for numerous organisations including Capital E, Taki Rua Productions, Circa Theatre and City Gallery as well as the Wellington International Jazz Festival, Fringe NZ, Laugh, ERUPT Festival and co-established with Native Earth (Canada) and Yirra Yaakin (Australia) the international indigenous theatre festival Honouring Theatre. 

She has produced the popular Waitangi day concert Kotahi, as well as outdoor film screenings, Peninsula Pictures, at Kahurangi School in Strathmore Park.  Prior to joining Creative New Zealand, Amanda was a Funding Advisor at Wellington City Council.


Briar Monro

Arts Practice Director - Community & Youth
briar.monro@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 471 0487

Briar leads our engagement with the community arts and youth arts sectors. Community arts has been a focus of Briar’s work as a practitioner, arts adviser, producer, project and company manager, director and tutor for over 25 years. Briar joined Creative New Zealand in 2011 as Senior Programme Adviser – Theatre and Dance.

 

 


Kate Montgomery

Arts Practice Director - Visual Arts & Craft/Object
kate.montgomery@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 4980732

Kate leads our engagement with the Visual Arts and Craft/Object sectors. She was Director of The Physics Room, a contemporary art project space in Ōtautahi, Christchurch, and Senior Curator at City Gallery Wellington before joining us in 2011 as Senior Arts Adviser - Visual Arts.

 

 


Hayley Dingwall

Arts Practice Director - Music & Opera
hayley.dingwall@creativenz.govt.nz
|+64 (04) 498 0715

Hayley leads our engagement with the music and opera sectors and comes to us from NZ On Air (the Broadcasting Commission) where she was the Funding Advisor for music, music for kids and Student Radio.

Hayley began her career in the arts in Ōtautahi, Christchurch, as co-founder of an independent record label and artist management company. Most of the 20 years since has been focused on supporting Kiwi musicians and producers to develop work and international markets as an artist and label manager and producing shows all over the world as an international tour manager. Back home she has worked as a producer with the New Zealand Festival, Wellington International Jazz Festival, Lexus Song Quest and Toi Māori Art Market.


Policy and Performance

Elizabeth Beale

Manager, Policy & Performance
elizabeth.beale@creativenz.govt.nz
+64 (04) 498 0709

Elizabeth job shares the role of managing our Policy and Performance team. She re-joined Creative New Zealand in 2017. From 2007 to 2011 she held the role of Senior Manager Planning, Performance and Stakeholder Relations. Prior to her roles with us Elizabeth worked for five years at Te Papa where she managed government relations, governance, business planning and policy as well as working on a range of special projects. Before that, she had a variety of roles in the science sector within the State sector. Elizabeth graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a science degree. Elizabeth is based in our Wellington office.