Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Te Hā Sestercentennial Trust Appoints New General Manager

Te Hā Sestercentennial Trust Appoints New General Manager And Team

The Te Hā Sestercentennial Trust today announced the appointment of its new General Manager and team to lead its work for Tairāwhiti in the delivery of the Sestercentennial programme for the region in 2019.

Glenis Philip Barbara, of Ngati Porou has been appointed General Manager, to take up the role with immediate effect. Most recently Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development, Glenis was previously CEO of the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Maori Language Commission) and Business Development Director at Tairāwhiti Polytechnic.

In welcoming Ms Philip Barbara, Trust Chair Richard Brooking acknowledged the experience and expertise that Glenis will bring to the role, in this crucial phase of delivery for the Trust. “The Trust is delighted to have secured someone of Glenis’ calibre and connections, who shares the Trust’s vision and is committed to working with our iwi and community to deliver long term benefit for the people of Tairāwhiti”, he said.

In taking up this role, Ms Philip-Barbara said she’s humbled to be in a position to support Tairāwhiti to tell its own stories. “What’s exciting about this mahi is the chance to connect whānau with ‘a tātau kōrero’, the many narratives of this place that weave our history and our future.”

Glenis will be joined by Tama Waipara as Festival Director, Briony Ellis as Commemorations Programme Director, Mere Boynton as Programme Manager, Kerry Donovan as Marketing and Communications Manager, and Niki Ovenden as Administrator and Executive Assistant. The team will continue to be supported by Advisor Sharon van Gulik.

Tama Waipara of Ruapani, Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Porou is currently Senior Programme Manager at the Auckland Arts Festival, and is well known as a leading musician, singer, composer and producer. Tama will be responsible for leading the development of a new Festival of Arts and Culture for Tairāwhiti. This event will be a key legacy from the sestercentennial and will be an annual event in Gisborne’s calendar from 2019 onwards.

Briony Ellis has built and delivered a number of New Zealand’s major commemoration and community festival programmes, including the nationwide REAL New Zealand Festival and community engagement programme for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the British and Irish Lions Tour in 2017. She works as a cultural project manager for many government and non-government organisations including Te Papa and the NZ Rugby Union. Briony will lead the development of the overall commemorations programme, working with the Government and community to develop a programme throughout late September and October 2019 that tells the many stories of Tairāwhiti.

Mere Boynton of Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Ngāti Oneone and Tūhoe is a renowned artist and singer and is well known within Gisborne, having worked for the Trust and delivered its October event programme for the last two years. Mere brings huge experience in event production and programming and will provide continuity through to 2019.

Ms Donovan has worked for a number of organisations within Gisborne, and brings a wealth of experience in leading marketing and communications programmes and projects. Ms Ovenden, born and bred in Gisborne, has recently returned from overseas and is delighted to have the opportunity to work as part of the team responsible for delivering this important event for the region.

The Trust is currently finalising a new office location, and team members will be on board from next week, building to a full complement in April this year.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Spying On Politicians, Activists, Iwi, Quake Victims: "Failings Across Public Service"

A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct...

However, the inquiry found no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance by external security consultants on behalf of government agencies. More>>


Children's Commissioner: Child Poverty Law "Historic Cause For Celebration"

...It represents a cross-party commitment to a fundamental shift of policy for our most disadvantaged children and should help undo 30 years of damage to children from our most vulnerable families. More>>


Dope News: Binding Cannabis Referendum To Be Held At 2020 Election

The referendum on cannabis for personal use is part of Labour's confidence and supply agreement with the Greens. It could be one of potentially three referenda - decisions have yet to be made about euthanasia and changes to electoral laws. More>>


Vic: Victoria University Name Change Rejected

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. More>>


PM's Post-Cab 17/12/18: Chief Justice, M Bovis

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's final post-cabinet press conference of the year focussed on announcing the appointment of Helen Winkelmann as the next Chief Justice, and an update on effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand. More>>


Law Commission Issues Paper: Use Of DNA In Criminal Investigations

In the 22 years since the Act came into force, it has become clear that the modern-day fingerprint analogy is increasingly inapt... Theoretically, whole genome sequencing could ultimately become the standard method of analysing a DNA sample. Such a development will give a new perspective on the concept of genetic surveillance in the criminal context. More>>

State Highways: $1.4 Billion For Road Safety Improvements

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening. More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>





InfoPages News Channels