Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced the appointment of Michael Moynahan as the new chair of Creative New Zealand.
“Michael has a long association with literature throughout his 25 year career in publishing including as CEO of Harper Collins ANZ (Australia New Zealand and India), CEO of Random House India and Chair of Random House New Zealand. He also helped to develop the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival and was previously CNZ’s deputy chair’” Ms Barry says.
“I want to thank Dr Dick Grant for his three years of service as inaugural Chair of the new Creative New Zealand, established in 2014.”
Minister Barry also announced the appointment of a new member and the reappointment of three other members – one as Deputy Chair. The appointments all take effect from 1 May 2017.
Caren Rangi of Hawke’s Bay has been re-appointed as a board member and made deputy chair. She is an accountant and auditor, and a former member of the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand.
Suzanne Ellison of Ngāi Tahu is reappointed a member. She is a former member of the Māori Arts Board Te Waka Toi.
Michael Prentice of Christchurch is reappointed a member. He was a managing director for Designworks. He founded and chaired the trust board of contemporary dance company Black Grace.
The new member appointed is Garth Gallaway of Christchurch. He is a partner in Chapman Tripp and Chair of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Trustees.
Minister Barry also thanked outgoing member Rose Evans for her contribution.
Creative New Zealand, also known as the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, is the national agency for the development of the arts in New Zealand.
It encourages, promotes and supports the arts for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, an international programme and advocacy.
Michael Moynahan (new Chair) Michael Michael has a long association with literature and publishing throughout his 25-year career, including as CEO of Harper Collins ANZ (Australia New Zealand and India), CEO of Random House India and Chair of Random House New Zealand. He helped to develop the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival and is a former Chair of both the Publishers Association and the Booksellers Association of New Zealand. Michael is currently a consultant and company director and a Beachhead adviser for NZ Trade and Enterprise.
Caren Rangi (new Deputy Chair and reappointed member) Caren Rangi is a current member of the Arts Council. She is Cook Island Māori and a former member of the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand. Ms Rangi is an experienced public sector governance practitioner, with a passion for Cook Islands Māori dance, music and cultural history. She is a qualified accountant and auditor who owns and operates Ei Mua Consulting Ltd, providing consulting services in facilitation, strategic planning and training. Ms Rangi has also been a board member for NZ On Air (the Broadcasting Commission) and the Charities Registration Board. She has served as a trustee of the Eastern and Central Community Trust, and Pacific Homecare Services, and was a founding board member of the National Pacific Radio Trust.
Garth Gallaway (new member) Garth Gallaway of Christchurch is a lawyer and a partner in Chapman Tripp. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, insurance law, and health and safety defence work. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, especially mediation. He is the Chair of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Trustees. He is a collector of New Zealand art, a trustee of the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust, Chairman of the W. A. Sutton Charitable Trust and Honorary President of New Zealand Football. He was a member of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and a member of the Film and Literature Review Board.
Suzanne Ellison (reappointed member) Suzanne Ellison (Ngāi Tahu) has been an Arts Council member since 2014 and is a former member of Te Waka Toi (Māori Arts Board). Suzanne was a senior manager of Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation for a decade. She has also served on the boards of Well Dunedin PHO and the Ngāi Tahu Fund.
Michael Prentice (reappointed member) Michael Prentice of Christchurch is a current Arts Council member. Mr Prentice has been the Managing Director of the Christchurch office of strategic design consultancy Designworks. Previously he was Planning Director for Ogilvy New Zealand. He has extensive managerial and commercial skills and has developed the brand and advertising strategies of some of New Zealand's most recognised brands. He founded and chaired the trust board of contemporary dance company, Black Grace, and is a former director of Auckland’s performing arts facilities organisation, The Edge.