A Partner in the Performance Consulting team at Findex Limited, a firm of chartered accountants, Heta works alongside many creative sector organisations and creative entrepreneurs to assist them to achieve their goals and aspirations. He holds governance roles with Altus Group, a social enterprise that helps create employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Ltd, the post-settlement commercial entity of Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa.
Sandi Morrison, QSM
For the past 30 years Sandi has worked to develop partnerships, projects and services to support economic, social and cultural development in Auckland and across Aotearoa. She is actively involved in a range of innovative initiatives supporting entrepreneurs in the arts and cultural sector in Auckland. Her contributions to the arts sector have included governance roles on the Council and Arts Board of Creative New Zealand / Toi Aotearoa, and as a founding trustee of both Arts Regional Trust ART / Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi, and the Big Idea / Te Aria Nui Charitable Trust.
Peter is an academic and currently Head of Elam at the University of Auckland. His research encompasses historic and contemporary art, contemporary fashion, creative theory and law, notably copyright and cultural heritage. He has been active in strategic and governance work in the creative sector for over 20 years.
Elise Sterback is a PhD candidate researching arts policy at the University of Auckland. She is the former Executive Director of Basement Theatre and has a background in marketing and community development, as well as producing theatre, festivals and artistic happenings through her company, Vibracorp. As a strategist and arts advocate, Elise has sat on the board of Creative Coalition, and participated in arts policy steering groups at local and national levels.
Originally from Korea, Hans is a founder and director of MASS, a design think-tank and multidisciplinary collective which aims to pioneer new modes of design thinking and creation. He brings 6 years of international experience in the creative industries working on projects across architecture, product, branding, and entertainment for clients such as Audi, Google, and Kram/Weisshaar.
Tara is Director Government and International Relations and CEO Middle East at Greenstone TV. With a background in the public and NFP sectors, she is a strategy, partnerships, business development and stakeholder relations leader with a focus on social change. She is an Executive Committee member of NZ Middle East Business Council and a Be.Lab Fab 50 member. Governance roles have included Leadership NZ, Massive Company, Rising Voices Youth Poetry Movement. She is actively involved in initiatives to support the arts and creative sector.
Mark Aue is the Chief Executive of 2degrees.
Mark has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked in a number of global executive positions. Mark is passionate about technology and innovation, believing it can be used to significantly improve how we work, live and play, and provides us the opportunity to create value in ways we
Alison joined Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi from the Centre for Social Impact, a social business of Foundation North, New Zealand’s largest philanthropic trust. As founding CEO, Alison developed the Centre to improve social impact for both philanthropic funders and community sector agencies. Her previous roles include Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth Development and the Mental Health Foundation. She has been a trustee of Philanthropy New Zealand and the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.
Executive Assistant & Creative Relationships
Narelle brings an extensive background in administration to her role at Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi. She also brings a passion for creative arts, and her own experience as an actor, dancer and improviser. Narelle is a member of the all-women troupe C-Suite, Instant Broadway musical troupe and Bookclub troupe.
Jane joins our team to work as a creative catalyst. She will help facilitate sector engagement, build collaborative partnerships, and lead the design and development of strategic initiatives. Jane is a theatre director, creator, and arts policy and strategy maker. She has a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Victoria University and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. In 2019 she graduated with a Masters in Arts Politics from New York University: Tisch School of the Arts on a Fulbright scholarship. Since then, Jane has been working on funding and creative strategy at Wellington City Council, building on her previous experience as Public Programmer at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre.
Eynon hails from Te Whānau Ā Apanui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rongomai and Whakatōhea on his father’s side and Wales on his mother’s side. He has been part of the Auckland and national arts sector for over 30 years in various roles and is the Pou tikanga for Auckland Arts Festival. Eynon is currently chair of Hoani Waititi Marae, and is the past chair of Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust. He runs a whānau consultancy business focused on building partnership with business / organisations and Māori.
Our Creative Connections Network
Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi draws on a small network to provide specialist support for our mahi.
Kat is an independent consultant who has worked in the not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand and the UK for over 15 years since completing a BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Loughborough University. Her areas of work include strategy development, facilitation and co-design, research and evaluation. Much of Kat’s work is focused on the philanthropic sector, where she supports public and private trusts and foundations to invest effectively in social impact. She is also highly engaged with NGOs in the youth and refugee sectors. Kat is an Associate of the Centre for Social Impact and a trustee of The Funding Network.
Kerryanne Nelson comes from an extensive career in marketing communications and strategy, working across both the media and technology sectors. She was previously the General Manager/Head of Members at NZ’s independent online magazine The Spinoff, and has held senior marketing and PR roles at Spark, MTV and Expedia.
Kylie Sealy is an independent arts and events consultant, who is passionate about collaborative practice and the value of the creative sector within Aotearoa. With over 20 years' experience in the arts, events and cultural sector, Kylie is a skilled and experienced creative entrepreneur, project leader and strategic advisor. An alumni of ART Venture 2010, Kylie is the Chair of the New Zealand Comedy Trust, a board member for The Actors Program and lectures in Arts and Production Management at the University of Auckland.
Rachael Trotman is a human ecologist, social researcher and evaluator with over 20 years experience. Her passion is to support change makers of all kinds to make a positive difference in the world. Rachael is a founding member of ANZEA, Aotearoa’s ‘home’ for evaluation, co-architect of the What Works, and an Associate with the Centre for Social Impact. She has her own company called WEAVE, see https://weavingchange.nz
Chloe has over fifteen years’ experience of working in the philanthropic sector. Her career in the sector started at Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), where she awarded funding to innovative and pioneering learning projects. In New Zealand, Chloe worked for the country’s largest community trust, Foundation North, where she was the Strategy & Innovation Manager where she was closely involved in the development of innovative and targeted funding such as the Foundation’s Catalysts for Change Programme, Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI), GIFT (Gulf Innovation Fund Together), South Auckland Community Innovation fund and participatory grant making approaches.
Tuakoi Ohia is passionate about uplifting communities, advocating for the arts, and showcasing the positive impacts of ngā toi. A descendant of Ngāti Hine, Mataatua Waka, Tainui Waka, Te Arawa, Te Ātiawa and Ngati Pākeha, Tuakoi has worked professionally as an actress on-screen and in theatre since 2018. She continues her work sharing stories through a creative lens.
Chantelle is of Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Raukawa, English and German whakapapa. Raised in Manurewa, Chantelle was influenced by the work of her whānau who were involved in key Māori community initiatives in South Auckland including Manurewa Marae, Toi o Manukau Arts Trust, and Taonga Teen Parent unit. She has held numerous arts and community development roles in local government and the not-for-profit sectors. She has produced and managed large scale community events, an art centre, art and event sponsorship portfolios and advised on local and regional art and cultural strategies. Chantelle has previously held governance roles with Massive Theatre and Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi.
Toluma‘anave Barbara Makuati-Afitu, of Samoan heritage, and Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai, of Tongan heritage, are the founders of Aotearoa New Zealand based Lagi-Maama Academy and Consultancy. Toluma‘anave has a background in stakeholder management and community engagement and Kolokesa in Art History, Social Anthropology and Museums and Heritage Studies. They work within and across a range of different sectors including GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums), cultural, funding, philanthropy and corporate spaces with communities at the heart; and a strong Samoan and Tongan Indigenous foundation informing their approach of navigating, activating, connecting, championing, negotiating and challenging the status quo.
Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho
Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho (Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa)- is an experienced producer, director, singer and actor. He is educated in the arts and health sectors and has leadership roles in both industries with a national and international, published works to his credit. Borni works actively to help national organisations and artists build tools for self-sustainability resilience. Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi is now collaborating with Borni on his Te Whakawhirinaki Kete project, an initiative to produce a national hauora and wellness resource to nourish the wellbeing of the creative community in Aotearoa.
Adrian Field is an independent consultant and researcher. Through his company, Dovetail, Adrian supports positive social change in communities (www.dovetailnz.com). Adrian’s work helps people and organisations see the impact they’re having and plan for the future. Adrian is an honorary academic at the School of Population Health (University of Auckland), a board member of ANZEA (Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association), and he is an associate of the Kinnect Group and the Centre for Social Impact.
Rosabel Tan is a writer, strategist, and producer. She is the Director of Satellites — producing events, exhibitions, and encounters exploring the contemporary experience of the Asian diaspora in Aotearoa — and founding editor of arts-and-culture publication The Pantograph Punch. Elsewhere, Rosabel sits on the board of Silo Theatre and is a member of Auckland Council's Public Art Advisory Panel.
The Big Idea
The Big Idea supports Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi’s social media presence, and helps connect us as a regional organisation to New Zealand’s wider creative community. The Big Idea network of writers, under the editorial direction of Sam Ackerman, write the profiles for our website’s Kōrero section.