Sandy is currently the Chair of the Rotorua Civic Arts Trust and has been a Trustee since 1997. She is a strong supporter of the Arts in Rotorua with a particular interest in music. She is a former Trustee of the Rotorua Lakeside Charitable Concert Trust and past president and current member of the Rotary Club of Rotorua Sunrise. She currently works part time as an English Language Teacher.



Foundation Trustee

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 Managing Partner of Heaton Properties.

Was Chairman of two national trade groups and Past President of the Rotorua Chamber of  Commerce. Currently a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua and member and Past President of the Probus Club of Rotorua.

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



Trustee Q.S.M.

Glenys is a Life Member of Rotorua Musical Theatre and Rotorua Brass Band having been involved with both organisations for many years. She was a long serving District Councillor, retiring in 2016.




Alexis was born in Fiji and is of Chinese, German and Samoan ancestry. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Rotorua Ethnic Council in the late 90s, (now Multicultural Rotorua) and  stepped down after 10 years as President. She is currently the Treasurer. She is also the Immediate Past National President of Multicultural New Zealand and has been on the national executive committee for 10 years. She was also a key player in the establishment of the Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust where she is currently Chairperson.

She is a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, Rotorua District Community Award, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and was a finalist in the Westpac Business Excellence Awards for her services to community, purely as an avid volunteer.

Alexis has worked for several forestry companies and currently is employed at Fire and Emergency New Zealand, in Rotorua as Business Services Coordinator.



Trustee QSO JP

Grahame has had a life time interest and supporter of the arts.

He has formally held a number of positions in out community including Chairman of Rotorua Festival of Arts Trust, Trustee for Lakeside Concert Charitable Trust, Mayor of Rotorua, Chair of Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. Currently Trustee NZ Aria Trust and has been a Trustee of the Rotorua Civic Arts Trust since 1992.




David has been a Rotorua resident for nearly all his life. After being educated at Edmund Rice College, he went to Auckland to train as a graphic designer. Returning to Rotorua he worked at The Daily Post, Braynart Group and Holmes Printing before starting his own business, DJ Creative, 38 years ago.

David has been involved with the graphics for Rotorua Lakeside Concerts since they began 25 years ago and is now a trustee of Rotorua Lakeside Concert Charitable Trust.

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Rotorua Sunrise and a Paul Harris Fellow.

David is constantly amazed at the wonderful talent that emerges from Rotorua and is pleased to be a part of fostering these people through Rotorua Civic Arts Trust.

Lady standing in a stadium seating area looking out to the field



Tia Smith, a dynamic figure in Rotorua’s vibrant arts scene with a background in event management and a passion for fostering and supporting the creative space.

Tia is a driving force behind promotion of Rotorua art events and has experience in film and TV.

Tia is committed to supporting local artists and promoting diverse artistic expressions and is looking forward to engaging with the Rotorua Arts Community.




Adrienne has been performing and teaching all kinds of music for many years, including piano, singing, percussion and a range of other instruments.  She has also been involved in music administration, having been general manager of the Wellington Sinfonia and director of the Rotorua Music School.

Adrienne believes creativity and the arts are vital to our wellbeing and give our lives real meaning.  She is grateful to be part of the trust in its support of the arts in Rotorua.