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Creative Northland – Connecting Northland’s Art Sector

Our Team


hinu-3Hinurewa 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.

Contact: 027 4223 739

Leonard Murupaenga – Creative Advisor & Events

Lenny was born and raised in Pukepoto and moved to Whangarei to study at Northtec gaining a Diploma in Applied Arts. He then went on to study at Te Wananga O Aotearoa and completed ‘Toi Paematua’ – Diploma in Maori Art (Whakairo) in 2016. During his study at Te Wananga O Aotearoa he was awarded the ‘Toi Maori & Indigenous Art Scholarship’, the only recipient for Tai Tokerau. Lenny has also contributed to over 40 exhibitions and curated nine shows during his career.  Lenny began working for Creative Northland via the 2017 Toi Māori Aotearoa Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme and is now working on the delivery of the 2018 Whangarei Sculpture Symposium.

Contact:  [email protected]  |  021 791 574

Karmelle Easton – Digital Intern

Karmelle Easton is an aspiring filmmaker. Her family would often adopt exchange students and travellers into her home, and as a result, she has grown up immersed in worldly arts and culture. She has directed a few low-budget short films and created several promotional videos for businesses and solo artists. Consequently, she has won two scholarships in 2018 for her passion and talents in film. In February 2019, she is going to be studying at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Film and Media Studies.

Contact: [email protected] | 02108316335

Jolene Pascoe – Summer Intern 2019/2020

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Mariah Mane – Marketing & Admin Assistant

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Nick Andrews – Accounts

Contact:  [email protected]  |  09 430 0710

Welcome to Creative Northland!

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