Hinurewa te Hau (Hinu) – General Manager

Hinurewa te Hau (Hinu) is the General Manager for Creative Northland, heads a team of six amazing creative individuals and has responsibility for Strategy, Funding & Development, Industry relations and oversees the implementation of regional art programmes across the North. She is a big thinker, a strategist, advisor, and implementer. Her specialisation is in how much culture matters to economic outcomes and the relationship ‘culture and creativity’ has for communities in the creation of local economic development initiatives. She is an expert in business strategy, governance and cultural management, and fostering social-cultural networks and has an extensive network throughout the country and globally. Basically she knows how to connect the dots!

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.

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.  karmelle.easton@gmail.com 

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