MUSIC

INSTRUMENTAL, VOCAL AND COMPOSITION

PERFORMING ARTS

THEATRE AND DANCE

LANGUAGE ARTS AND LITERATURE

WRITING, SPEECH AND DRAMA

VISUAL ARTS

PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

MULTI DISCIPLINARY

CREATIVE PROJECTS, PROPOSALS OF DIFFERENT ARTISTIC FORMS

Trustees

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

BARRY SMITH, QSO,  CHAIRPERSON

Barry has had a long involvement with the arts both as a performer, teacher and music director.  A classical and jazz guitarist, he has led and been involved with a number of musical ensembles over the years.  Barry has been a contract lecturer with the Music department at Waikato University and is currently a member of the Board of Opus Orchestra.

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

JOHN K HEATON

A Foundation trustee of Rotorua Civic Arts Trust.  Was Managing Director of H K Heaton Ltd until the closure of the firm at the end of 2007.  Currently involved in property investing and Managing Partner of Heaton  Properties.

Was Chairman of two national trade groups, on the executive of a third and past President of the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce.  Currently a member and Past President of Rotary Club of Rotorua, Vice President of the Probus Club of Rotorua and an Elder and Session Clerk of St Andrews Church.

In the 1950’s  I was drum major of the Rotorua Municipal Band and a member of the Rotorua Civic Choir.

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

KIM BILLINGTON

Came to New Zealand in 2001 and proudly became a New Zealand citizen in 2004.  As an Accountant at BDO Rotorua with a keen interest in the arts, took on the role of Treasurer in May 2009  followed by being elected as a Trustee in May 2010.

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

SANDY HALL,  DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

I am currently the Deputy Chairman of the RCAT and am a strong supporter of the Arts in Rotorua with a particular interest in music. I am a former Trustee of the Rotorua Lakeside Charitable Concert Trust and past president of the Rotary club of Rotorua Sunrise. I am employed as an English Language Teacher at the Rotorua English Language Academy

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

GRAHAME HALL QSO JP

Former Mayor of Rotorua.
Member of Rotorua Civic Arts Trust for a number of years.
Former Chairman of Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.
Former Chairman of Rotorua Festival of Arts Trust.
Former Trustee for Lakeside Concert Charitable Trust.
Life long interest and supporter of the arts.

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

MARJ GRIFFITHS

From the age of seven I have been fully involved in writing, speech and drama, and theatre. A former member of Whakatane Repertory I have assisted in the formation of two theatre groups: Edgecumbe Little Theatre and Rainbow Entertainers, Rerewhakaaitu, and am a member of  Rotorua Little Theatre.  For several years I was a committee member of Creative  Communities  N.Z. (Rotorua). The Rotorua Daily Post’s rural reporter for 34 years I am currently President of Rotorua Writers Group.

I am keen to encourage participation in all forms of the arts.

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

GLENYS SEARANCKE Q.S.M.

Glenys is a Life Member of Rotorua Musical Theatre having been President over a long period and at present serving on the Executive Committee. She is also
President of Rotorua Brass Band. She was a long serving District Councillor, retiring in 2016.
She is a past chairman of Bay Trust and Sport Bay of Plenty. She has been a Civic Arts Trust tustee for three years.

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

MERCIA-DAWN YATES

Mercia-Dawn has been a member of the Trust since 2015. Her role within the Rotorua community has been as an Educational Adviser in several key educational initiatives in Rotorua. Her current role is the Director of Engagement for Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru – Rotorua a great place to learn.

Mercia’s lifelong passion for the arts has been influenced by growing up in an artistic, musical and highly involved cultural whānau. Her first stage performance was in Thirteen Daughters at the age of four and it continued through to kapa haka, performing with Ngāti Rangiwewehi Cultural Group, where she is still a long-standing member. Her teaching background in Art and Design, is also complimentary to her role as a trustee.

 

Mitai Maori Village Gift Voucher

ALEXIS LEWGOR

I have served on many committees over the years representing ethnic and pacific communities. Through many events I encourage our communities to engage through song, dance, music and many other forms of art. It enriches our diversity. I am currently the National President of the NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils and am employed as Business Administration Support at Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority, Rotorua.

 

HISTORY OF THE TRUST

To grow and strengthen the creative arts and culture within the Rotorua District

In 1986, H K Heaton Ltd., Rotorua, were seeking a worthy cause to which the company could make a monetary contribution, to mark the completion of 50 year’s business in Rotorua.

On the suggestion of the (then) Mayor, John Keaney and (then) Deputy Mayor Johnny Lepper, it was decided to set up a trust to be named the Rotorua Civic Arts Trust (RCAT) with an initial donation of $50,000 from H K Heaton Ltd.

It was considered that the Trust which would aim at assisting people to develop their artistic talents, would be of considerable benefit to the community.

Incorporated on the 14 April, 1989, the Trust’s first chairman was Mayor John Keaney with Trustees John Heaton and Tony Hill. Subsequently, Raewyn Saville, Rosemary Michie and Barry Smith were appointed.   Barry Smith took over the chair on the retirement of John Keaney.

At the formation of the Rotorua Civic Arts Trust, it was appreciated that the limited resources of the Trust would not satisfy the growing need for Arts funding in the District. With establishment of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, (RECT), talks were held in 1997, where an agreement was reached for funding to be provided by the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and for the Rotorua Civic Arts Trust to be responsible for processing smaller applications up to $5,000 maximum.