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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.

Our Trustees

Katy Mandeno – Chair

Katy Mandeno

Katy is a proud Whangarei local and has a passion for getting involved in causes that lead to positive change for people and places. Katy joined the Creative Northland board (formerly CHART) in February 2013, and is inspired and motivated by the organisation’s unlimited potential to support and grow the capacity and capability of Northland’s creative sector.

Katy is a qualified journalist and experienced communications and marketing specialist with over 15 years’ experience in strategy and development, marketing and project management in a range of industries including large corporate, health and education. She is currently a director at Level – a Whangarei-based strategy, marketing and design company – where she specialises in marketing strategy and communications, and also holds a role at Whangarei Girls’ High School as International Director.

Katy is in her fifth year as Trustee on the national board for the Immune Deficiencies Foundation of New Zealand / Kids Foundation and has recently joined the board of International Education sector body SIEBA.

She is proud mum to her three delightful and talented children, and loves her semi-rural lifestyle, nestled in an avocado orchard a short drive from the coast.

Phone: (09) 430 0710 | Email: katymandeno@gmail.com

Jeremy Tauri – Trustee

Jeremy Tauri

If you ask Jeremy Tauri what he likes most about his job, he’ll say it’s helping people. Whether it’s showing clients how to understand accounts or helping them understand how to overcome problems in their businesses, he explains things in simple, plain-English terms.

He is committed to developing Northland as a place to do business and is enthusiastic about helping other people achieve success.

Jeremy has been an accountant for the past 16 years at Plus Chartered Accountants, based in Whangarei.  He is currently President of the Northland Chamber of Commerce, the BNI northland Chapter and holds trustee roles for various charitable trusts around town.  He also writes a column for NZME regional newspapers.

Jeremy grew up in Kaikohe but moved to Whangarei to study when he was 18. He now has young children and enjoys the different perspective on the future that being a parent can offer.

In his spare time he enjoys kickboxing – but don’t worry, he’s very approachable.

Phone: (09) 4300710 | Email: Jeremy@plusca.co.nz

Sharon Morgan – Trustee (WDC Representative)

Sharon MorganAs Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Maungatapere/ Mangakahia Ward, Sharon feels it is a privilege to be appointed the Whangarei District Council representative on Creative Northland Board in this term of office. Since first entering Council in 2007, Sharon has focused considerable energy on working collaboratively to strengthen relationships within Whangarei’s culture, heritage and arts sector, and between Council, the sector and funding agencies. This has assisted in the presentation of many iconic Whangarei events, such as the Sculpture Symposium and Artbeat, as well as a range of new initiatives and exhibitions involving people from throughout the district.

Her guiding philosophy is built around expectation: expecting great things to happen, expecting better than mediocrity, expecting to receive great ideas, expecting to make a difference to the district’s culture, heritage and arts sector, and expecting others to support her vision and to act upon it.

Phone: (09) 430 0710 | Email: shazzmorgan7@hotmail.com

David Sinclair – Trustee (NRC Representative)

David Sinclair

David Sinclair’s family history traces back to some of the original early settlers in the Whangarei District. After travelling extensively, David returned to Whangarei to live and has been involved in business here ever since.  David owned and operated Killer Prawn Restaurant and Bar for 20 years and also Morrissey’s Irish Pub and Eatery and now is a co-owner of Northpools.

He is also a Northland Regional Councillor, which is a role that has enabled him to provide a dynamic, fresh and enthusiastic outlook on issues within the area and he is committed to ensuring the growth of Northland, whilst ensuring that the environment is protected.  Regional development for all age demographics is of particular interest to David.

Phone: (09) 430 0710

Hayley MacDonald – Trustee

Although she started her working life in Wellington, the sunny north is now well and truly home for Hayley and her family.

Hayley welcomes new challenges and recently transferred from private legal practice to a role as In-house Counsel for a former client organisation. 

She advises the Board of any legal issues which may affect it or its stakeholders and ensures that the organisation follows best practice.

Hayley’s particular creative sector interests are dance and other performing arts but she has always had an interest in creative industries generally.

She views creative pursuits as an essential part of a healthy, thriving community and is pleased to be able to contribute support through her role on the Board.

Email: hayleymacolsen@gmail.com

Joseph Stuart – Trustee

Joseph Stuart

Bringing a wealth of experience in areas of mentoring and governance, Joseph is excited to join the Creative Northland team and support our creative community.

Joseph specialises in economic growth with experience spanning more than 15 years, from the hands-on environment of start-ups to the strategic requirements of large organisations.  His current day job is General Manager of Business, Innovation and Growth at Northland Inc.

Along with a passion for influencing positive business growth, Joseph believes in the Arts and understands the needs and potential of Creative Northland to help grow and enhance our region.  His understanding of the Arts at a grassroots level comes from previous roles as a producer, projectionist, set building and lighting designer.  While in Wellington and alongside roles at the Ministry of Science and Innovation and Wellington City Council, he was a Trustee for Arts Wellington (Wellington Regional Arts and Culture Development Trust). He looks forward to being part of Creative Northland’s future.

Email: Joseph@businessis.co.nz

Dr Benjamin Pitman – Trustee

An artist and designer, Benjamin has also been involved in education, training and development since 1970, teaching at senior secondary, industry and university level.

Returned to Northland in 2013 after thirty-four years in Sydney and two in Kaua’i, Hawai’i. His other home is a 1762 stone village house in the south of France, deep in Cathar country where he teaches French and English and maintains a studio.

Benjamin spent many years as a Māori community leader in Sydney and was foundation secretary of Sydney Marae Incorporated and leader, Māori Satellite group, Rotary Club of Sydney CBD, serving also on the Sydney CBD Board as Community Services and International Director. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 2009.

He is active in Te Tiriti o Waitangi claims for Te Parawhau and Ngāti Hau. A great-great grandson of the Ngāti Hao o Ngāpuhi chief, Patuone, older brother of Tamati Waka Nene.

Graduate of the University of Auckland; Auckland Secondary Teachers’ College; University of NSW; University of Technology, Sydney; and, Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Iwi & Hapū Affiliations – Ngāpuhi: Ngāti Hao – Te Popoto; Te Parawhau; Ngāti Hau

Current Positions:  Chairman, Te Parawhau ki Tai (Te Pouwhenua o Tiakiriri Kukupa Trust); Secretary and Leader, Business Development Unit, Akerama Marae; Member, Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust Board and Trustee; Member, Haerewa Māori Advisory Board, Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tamaki; Trustee, Te Mana Toi o Hikurangi – Hikurangi Art Station; Member, Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery Project Control Group and, Project Action Team; Chairman-elect, Creative Northland