It’s important that those destructive government appointees to Creative New Zealand should be identified so that their contempt for New Zealand’s wider heritage, no matter which of the cultures represented in modern New Zealand he/she comes from, can be known. They are cultural vandals. Did any of them understand that in modern New Zealand, the Arts gain strength from their diverse origins, that “cancel culture” is no culture at all? Apparently not. If any of the named opposed the final decision, he or she should have the courage to stand up and tell us, or forever live with a black spot beside their names.
The Arts Council Board website shows the membership: The dates are when the person’s term expires.
Caren Rangi (Chair) [November 2024]
Roger King [September 2022]
Garth Gallaway [April 2023]
Janine Morrell-Gunn [September 2022]
Riria Hotere-Barnes [September 2022]
John Ong [September 2022]
Robyn Hunt [November 2023]
Kura Moeahu [November 2023]
Ane Tonga [November 2024]
Hilary Poole [November 2024]
Bonita Bigham [July 2025]
Whetu Fala [June 2025]
The Chief Executive of the New Zealand Arts Council who has made inflammatory comments is Stephen Wainwright
Historian Dr Michael Bassett, a Minister in the Fourth Labour Government, blogs HERE.