Hinurewa te Hau (Hinu) – General Manager
Olivia Garelja – Creative Development Team Leader
Olivia Garelja is an all round creative having specialised in mural art, photography & design, graduated with 1st class Honours in 2010 from AUT Art & Design. Her career pulls from a retail customer experience /account/ relationship management and education background spanning global and national leading brands within the technology industry over the last 10 years within the commercial and consumer space.
Olivia is full of ideas and is passionate about helping one realise and own their creative voice. Her focus with Creative Northland is about refining the creative operation that sets Te Tai tokerau as a leading force for creative sustainability and strategic platform in NZ.
She believes, “everyone is born creative in the way we uniquely see the world around us and it is about retaining and owning this throughout our lives and to not let social or cultural constructs educate us from who we came into this world to be.”
Mariah Mane – Marketing & Admin
Mariah Mane is the Marketing & Admin Assistant for Creative Northland, she began with the organisation as a NorthTec Marketing Intern in late 2018. She is responsible for managing Creative Northland’s Digital and Print Services as well as taking care of Administration duties.
Mariah studied a Bachelor of Applied Management Double Major in Project Management and Business Transformation and Change at NorthTec. Mariah is passionate about learning and developing her skills in order to support the creative community in Te Tai Tokerau.
Nick Andrews – Accounts
Jolene Pascoe - Creative Advisor
Jolene has recently graduated from the Bachelor of Applied Arts here at NorthTec Whangarei. As well as tutoring on the degree, she worked part time at Creative Northland in the Creative Advisor role, which she loved!
In this role she’ll help you find solutions to any of your creative thoughts and planning, what she can do to support you etc. She also runs the Quest Gallery & Art Space in the Farmers building in Whangarei as a joint collaboration with Creative Northland and The Quest Hotel. She is always on the lookout for any artists keen to exhibit in this space or be on our database for group shows.
Melanie Chandler-Winters - Creative Advisor (Far North)
Melanie Chandler-Winters – Creative Advisor for Creative Northland in the Far North, comes with 33 years of experience in the Creative Sector and has been working with a number of community and corporate organisations. Looking to enhance and bring together our Arts community in this region with the objective of establishing an Arts and Culture Policy for the Far North. Looking to encourage and support all the art events and venues, galleries towards an even stronger creative industry in Northland.
Jeri Tearii - Archives Intern
Jeri Tearii is the Archive-Intern for Creative Northland. She is responsible for digital-archiving and writing the history of Creative Northland for it’s website beginning from the management of The Old Library, Arts Promotion Trust, CHART (Northland) and what is now Creative Northland.
Vaanipriya Diwan - Website Intern
She is a recent graduate from Auckland University of Technology. Having studied such an interdisciplinary course, such as the Bachelor of Creative Technologies, has allowed her to learn and gain valuable skills in many subjects. She refers to herself as the “Jaqueline of all trades,” with basic knowledge in multiple fields. She has experience with website design, virtual and augmented reality, concept and game design. She aspires to become a multipotentialite.
Karmelle Easton – Digital Intern
Karmelle Easton is an aspiring filmmaker. Her family would often adopt exchange students and travellers into her home, and as a result, she has grown up immersed in worldly arts and culture. She has directed a few low-budget short films and created several promotional videos for businesses and solo artists. Consequently, she has won two scholarships in 2018 for her passion and talents in film. In February 2019, she is going to be studying at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Film and Media Studies. firstname.lastname@example.org