Meet the Western Bay CCS Panel

Karyl Gunn-Thomas

Karyl feels privileged to Chair the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) Western Bay Funding Panel.

Karyl is a Community Connector with diverse experience, knowledge and involvement in her local community and the district. She is passionate and enthusiastic contributing to this role in making decisions and the responsibility on the allocation of funds which benefits projects, from individuals or groups, considering any artform, activity and from all diverse cultural projects. After each round the Panel review the processes to identify any areas for improvements by supporting the best way forward to support the future of the CCS Funding.

“Art is fundamental to human expression.”

Kutu Mukherjee

Mrs Kutu Mukherjee is a multitalented personality. She is not only a professional musician in her own rights, she is also a dedicated and driven social worker. Kutu has performed at many places in India, Iran, UK and Dubai. In New Zealand, Kutu has performed, conducted and coordinated musical events based on her specialization every year since her arrival in New Zealand for the NZ Bengali community organization. Kutu has been invited to perform in numerous occasions at various Ethnic Community Festivals. She was also invited to perform at the National conference of ESOL at the curtain raiser.

Kutu had joined Tauranga Multicultural Society (Then known as Tauranga Regional Ethnic Council) in 1995 with her husband and has served as its cultural co-ordinator for many years. She is still involved with the organisation and serves in the committee. Kutu reads, indulges her special interest in reading poetry, plays badminton and socialises with friends. She lives in Tauranga with her husband Kajal. Kutu’s son Abir lives & works in Auckland and daughter Anahita is pursuing law studies at the Victoria University.

Debbi Thyne

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

Levonne Dodunski

Levonne has four grown-up children, Jesse, Josiah, Cole, and Samara. Her children encouraged her later in life to continue her studies and finish a Media Arts Degree. She then went on to study for a Diploma in Secondary School Teaching.

Today, Levonne works as a Secondary School Art Teacher. Her students inspire her every day and keep her on her toes searching and developing ideas for their art and her own. Levonne enjoys being a part of the Western Bay CCS Funding Panel and witnessing the creative, inspiring ideas that come through from our community.

Natalie Hilterman

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 Schemes whanau and hope we can support you, to deliver and enhance the communities we live in through your craft.

Danny Redwood

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.