Hinurewa te Hau (Hinu) – General Manager
MPhil Economic Development
Hinu is a Cultural Economic Development practitioner whose primary sectors are: Creative industries, SME development and Information Communication Technologies. Hinu’s field is economic development in particular how much culture matters to economic outcomes and the relationship it has with our creative communities. Her vocation for the past decade has been to work collaboratively across the public and private sectors as a conduit for cultural & economic transformation. She is a strategist, advisor, and implementer. She has one daughter living in Auckland and has returned to Whangarei as our General Manager for Creative Northland, to live, work and play in a region that is rich in narrative, people and mystery.
Karen Sidney – Production Manager
BA double major in Maori and Anthropology
Karen Sidney is an award-winning drama scriptwriter with broad experience in all aspects of film and television as a producer, writer, director and researcher with an emphasis on Maori film and television. Growing up around arts and artists, she strongly believes in the power of arts to transform. She has contributed her strong organisational and administrative background to being a representative on a number of committees and arts organisations and has attended many international film and television festivals and market places in that capacity. Karen’s passion is scriptwriting and for the past four years she has been working part-time at Channel North as the Station Manager.
Abbey Cameron – Regional Marketing and Communications
Abbey has been with Creative Northland since October 2015. After travelling the world for several years Abbey returned home to New Zealand and completed her BA in Sociology from Victoria University in Wellington, she then moved back to Northland where she worked at the Northern Advocate as a Sports Journalist. For the past 13 years she has combined motherhood with working in marketing and events, organising large scale community events such as Christmas in the Park for the Whangarei District Council and in the Dairy industry working on farming events in the region and managing the Northland Dairy Development Trust Annual Conference. Abbey also works with her husband in their business doing photography, marketing and event management.
Sarah Miln – Events, Training and Development
Sarah Miln is the latest person to join Creative Northland and has over 20 years working in the New Zealand and Australian film and television industry as an Assistant Director, after working as a Stage Manager at The Mercury Theatre in the late 80s. Sarah will manage Creative Northland’s events which include ArtBeat, Whangarei Sculpture Symposium and Northland Youth Summit, as well as delivering digital media training to the Northland region.
Andrea Gemmell joined Creative Northland in March 2015 as an Administrator. She comes from an extensive background in administration. Originally from Auckland, Andrea moved to Whangarei in 1997 to make the most of relaxed lifestyle in Northland. She is a proud mother of one. She is an avid walker and regularly undertakes mammoth 25 km walks in her spare time. She also enjoys creating scroll saw art and music and finds the creative process relaxing. Andrea’s long term goal is to travel more.
Keely Quaid – Marketing Assistant and Support/Liaison
Keely started at Creative Northland as an intern in February 2016 and returned after completing her degree at the University of Waikato. Keely is a born and bred local and is excited to be a part of the ever growing creative sector that Creative Northland is helping to foster. In her spare time Keely enjoys organising events, graphic design & interior design and also dabbles in arts and crafts. Keely is thrilled to continue gaining experience and skills with the Creative Northland team.