Karitane woman Suzanne Ellison has been appointed to the new
Arts Council of Creative New Zealand.
In addition to being an iwi manager of Kati Huirapa Runaka ki
Puketeraki, she is a researcher for arts and cultural
heritage projects. Ms Ellison also chairs the Ngai Tahu Fund,
and was a senior manager with the Ngai Tahu Development Corp
for more than a decade. In 2008, she completed two terms as a
board member of Te Waka Toi, the Maori Arts Board of Creative
Under the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014,
the single Arts Council would be responsible for policy,
strategy and funding allocation, ending the previous division
of responsibilities between the Arts Council, the Arts Board,
Te Waka Toi and the Pacific Arts Committee.
The 13-member Arts Council is: Dr Richard Grant (chairman),
Suzanne Ellison, Rose Evans, Karyn Fenton-Ellis, Darrin
Haimona, Peter-Lucas Kaaka Jones, Grant Kerr, Luamanuvao
Winnie Laban, Wayne Marriott, Michael Prentice, Felicity
Price, Caren Rangi and James Wallace.
''The new Arts Council is a strong blend of expertise from
the current council and funding bodies and new members. They
bring a wide geographical spread and a range of arts
knowledge and skills,'' Dr Grant, of Havelock North, said.