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Welcoming three new trustees to our board

Creative Bay of Plenty is thrilled to welcome three new trustees to our board.

Arpége Taratoa, Brylee Mills, and Lindsay Faris will support Creative BOP’s purpose to facilitate an environment where arts and culture thrive, bringing a diverse set of skills and experience to the governance table.

Creative Bay of Plenty Chair Caroline Gill is pleased with their selection:

“We are thrilled to welcome Arpége, Brylee, and Lindsay as new trustees to the CBOP board. The connections they have with our wider community and skillsets they each bring to the team are exciting!”


Arpége Taratoa

Arpége Taratoa joins us with an eclectic background in the field of the arts, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Elam School of Fine Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts. She has worked with CBOP and Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust on a range of projects, Tauranga Art Gallery as a Curator and Educator, and has previously worked as a Lecturer at NZTC and Gallery Assistant at Auckland Art Gallery. Currently a Creative Director contracted to Wakatu inc, and practicing as a photographer in her spare time, Arpége has a passion for the arts sector and turning visions into reality.

Her motivation to be on the Board of Trustees is to advocate for and support Māori Practitioners in the Bay, as well as support creatives to create resilience and visibility in the sector.


Brylee Mills

Brylee Mills is a speaker, dancer, and event manager passionate about creating and being part of a diverse and inclusive Aotearoa, specifically in the arts and event industries.

Brylee has a passion for advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities and marginalised communities to attend and be part of events. Brylee gained her love of the arts from dance and trained in Sydney at Brent Street Performing Arts centre full-time before going on to take multiple professional dance and choreography contracts.

Now a business owner in Mount Maunganui, you can find her at ‘Somewhere’ a custom built creative space and photo studio. Home to ‘Nowhere’ an event management company consulting and working on some of New Zealand’s largest music festivals.


Lindsay Faris

Lindsay is a strategic communications specialist, with experience in government relations, public policy, media relations and stakeholder management. She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand with an LLB from Otago University, and is currently completing her Masters in Future Technologies. Her previous roles include working in public policy in Washington DC, and six years in government relations for the Bank of New Zealand.

Her first love is performing arts, with a passion for drama and theatre. She is also a qualified Speech and Drama teacher.

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