Introducing Te Rōpū Mana Toi – Creative New Zealand’s Arts Advocacy Advisory Group

31 Mar 2021

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e Rōpū Mana Toi – Creative New Zealand’s Arts Advocacy Advisory Group. Left to Right: Megan Peacock-Coyle, Kim Morton, Elise Sterback, Karl Chitham, Gretchen La Roche, Tānemahuta Grey, Rosabel Tan, Jeremy Mayall (missing: Pati Umaga)
L-R: Megan Peacock-Coyle, Kim Morton, Elise Sterback, Karl Chitham, Gretchen La Roche, Tānemahuta Grey, Rosabel Tan, Jeremy Mayall (missing: Pati Umaga)

Creative New Zealand has recently convened an advisory group, Te Rōpū Mana Toi, to inform and advance its advocacy work.

Building on earlier networks, the rōpū aims to support Creative New Zealand to become a more powerful advocate for the arts by advising on its advocacy mahi. The group will also prioritise and advance work that is of national significance.

At the heart of Creative New Zealand’s advocacy strategy is a commitment to working with allies to advance the case for the arts across community and society.

Te Rōpū Mana Toi brings together artists, practitioners, managers and directors from around Aotearoa who have been identified as strong advocates for arts and culture across a wide range of artforms and kaupapa.

“Our advocacy work is about making the case for the value of the arts, so that all New Zealanders can experience the benefits of engaging in creative activity,” says Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

“And no one makes that case better than our arts community. We’re thrilled to be working alongside this dedicated group of advocates who can powerfully articulate the value of the arts, bring a range of sector perspectives to our work, and advance advocacy that will empower the arts community and improve the lives of New Zealanders.”

Te Rōpū Mana Toi are:

  • Elise Sterback (Trustee, Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi; strategist, arts advocate, PhD candidate)
  • Gretchen La Roche (CEO, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra)
  • Jeremy Mayall (CEO, Creative Waikato; composer)
  • Karl Chitham (Director, The Dowse)
  • Kim Morton (Director, Ōtautahi Creative Spaces)
  • Megan Peacock-Coyle (Manager Arts & Culture, Hastings District Council; Co-Chair of PANNZ)
  • Pati Umaga (Musician and disability advocate)
  • Rosabel Tan (Director, Satellites; freelance writer, strategist and producer)
  • Tānemahuta Gray (Kahukura, Taki Rua)
  • Dolina Wehipeihana (Kaiārahi Māori, PANNZ; General Manager, Kia Mau Festival; Chair, Atamira Dance Company) – from July 2021

The advisers have been appointed for an initial period of 12 months. The group is set to determine its agenda and direction at its next hui in May.