Debbi has been practically and academically involved in the arts for many years. She has a Master of Philosophy, a Master of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Arts-Social Science, and a Certificate in Maori Studies. She tutored at the former Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua for twenty-five years before her retirement in mid-2017. She variously taught printmaking, painting, art history/theory, and design. Debbi believes CCS encourages democratic creativity. She is passionate about community art that “insinuates” its way into public places/spaces. To Debbi, all art practices are a kind of encounter, offering the potential to open up conceptual worlds between artists and viewers.
E raka te maui, e raka te katau | Each respective skill is valued
Tēnā rā koutou kua tae mai i runga i te kaupapa o te rā nei
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngongotahā te maunga
Ko Utuhina te awa
Ko Tamatekapua te whare tipuna
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Whakaue te hapū
I tipu ake au ki te pā o Ohinemutu
Kei Tauranga moana au e noho ana i tēnei wā tōnu
Ko Brendan tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Cash rāua ko Charlie āku māhanga
Ko Nat tōku ingoa
Tēnā rā koutou katoa
Kia ora koutou. I am Natalie and am a huge arts enthusiast. I felt it was time to give back and be part of this process in supporting the arts from a community level. I am humbled and grateful to be part of the Creative Communities Scheme whānau and hope we can support you to deliver and enhance the communities we live in through your craft.
Danny has twenty five years of artistic involvement and practice. As a local business owner and art lover he has always been involved in the business side of art as well as the production of it. Danny is one of the founding Trustees of The Incubator in Tauranga, and is a passionate supporter of the arts in the Bay of Plenty.
A busy mum of three boys, Monique spends her ‘free time’ involved in the community working on projects that enhance and create a sense of belonging for everyone. Monique has a particular interest in local performances and events, which she helps coordinate as a volunteer. She is also an elected member of Western Bay of Plenty District Council for the Te Puke Maketu Ward.
After 40 years living away from the Western Bay, Anne has returned to the area and resides at Katikati, where she grew up. Community is where she works and thrives, and she considers herself fortunate to be able to contribute in many ways to the wellbeing and prosperity of her local and district-wide communities. Anne is an elected member of Western Bay of Plenty District Council for the Katikati–Waihi Beach Ward. She is passionate about the arts in all of its many forms, as a participant, a teacher and engaging in hands-on experimentation. Anne particularly loves the tactile connection with ‘Mother Earth’ when working with clay.
Jannine has over 25 years of experience in the film industry. She is a creative director, artist and production designer, and is currently New Zealand Project Manager for the NZ International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF). Her responsibilities include coordinating youth filmmaking workshops and teaching art direction and art department skills. For the past three years she was also Events Manager for Film Bay of Plenty. Jannine’s artistic passions are marionettes, film and sculpture in various mediums. She feels contributing as an assessor for the Creative Communities Scheme provides an excellent opportunity to get involved in other aspects of local community arts and to support the ideas and projects being generated by creatives in the Western Bay.
Sam Tomaszyk is a young arts practitioner, creative director and individual that is passionate about supporting young creatives. At the age of 16, he established with his peers the TCSC Group – a Bay of Plenty-based arts organisation where rangatahi produce and present high-quality arts practice. Since then he’s has produced multiple theatrical productions and is currently in development of his first feature film. Sam has a passion to see young people excel in their creative practice, and has hopes that, with his involvement, the Creative Communities Scheme will make the arts that little bit more accessible to his peers.
I am Rupal Mehta and I emigrated to New Zealand from the western part of India. Being a professional Indian classical and folk dancer and having travelled around world to promote Indian culture, I am very happy and grateful to support and promote the artistic community of the Western Bay of Plenty district through the Creative Communities Scheme.