Toi Mai WDC

Toi Mai WDC

Last updated 17 September 2021
Last updated 17 September 2021

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Toi Mai Workforce Development Council appoints Chief Executive

High level summary of industries represented:

Graphic, creative and web design, Ngā Toi Māori, game and software development, museums and amusement parks, libraries and archiving, performing arts, film and music, hairdressing, make-up artistry, skincare, radio and television broadcasting, information and communications technology and systems, recreational facilities/venues and sport.

TITOS currently carrying out functions that will transition to the WDC are Competenz, HITO, ServiceIQ , Skills Active and some design, web and animation qualifications currently developed by NZQA.

WDC council members

Rhonda Kite ONZM - Co Chair

Rhonda Kite ONZM, Te Aupōuri, Ngai Tākoto, Ngāti Kuri, is the managing director of Toi Te Hiku Charitable Trust, an economic development facilitator in the Far North in the screen, creative arts, cultural and technology sectors. Ms Kite is the chair of Te Runanga nui o te Aupōuri, New Zealand member of Indigenous Women’s Business Network in the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, a member of the Business Advisory Group at AUT, and the founding patron of the ImagineNative Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.

Ms Kite has held a wide range of executive and governance roles in the film and technology sectors with a particular focus on developing Māori content and storytelling. These have included board roles with Māori Television, NZ on Air, SPADA, and the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards, amongst others.

Victoria Spackman ONZM - Co Chair

Victoria Spackman ONZM was previously chair of the interim Establishment Board for the Toi Mai Workforce Development Council. Ms Spackman is also chair of Ackama Group, a high-growth technology services company, a board member of Education New Zealand – Manapou ki te Ao, and a director and previous chief executive officer of Gibson Group, a design and production company focusing on bringing together creativity, innovation and technology to enhance visitor experiences.

Ms Spackman has held a wide range of other executive and governance roles in the theatre, screen and technology sectors in both New Zealand and Australia.

Alice Shearman

Alice Shearman is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Writers Guild Inc, a professional association of script writers, representing the interests of writers in the fields of film, television, theatre, radio, comics and new media.

Ms Shearman is also deputy chair of Film Auckland and was a founding member, and deputy chair of the Agents Association of New Zealand. She has held a range of advisory roles across the screen industry, both in New Zealand and overseas. Ms Shearman was nominated for the Toi Mai WDC governance council by the NZCTU.

Aliesha Staples

Aliesha Staples is the founder and CEO of StaplesVR an emerging technology, film, and games company based in Auckland, New Zealand with offices in Australia and the UK.

Ms Staples is also the Co-Founder of Click Studios a collective workspace for creative technology companies with a focus to make the creative tech sector one of New Zealand's leading exporters and The Click Foundation a not-for-profit designed to create equity in the creative tech sector with educational pathways for those unrepresented in the film, games, and tech industries. Her governance experience includes organisations such as TVNZ, Race 4 Life Trust, and the New Zealand Football Foundation.

Annie Murray

Annie Murray Te Arawa, is Head of Sky Originals at Sky Network Television. She has previously held a range of senior positions across the New Zealand television industry including with Māori Television Service, Taima Television Ltd, Television New Zealand and NZ on Air.

Ms Murray is an active member of Ngā Aho Whakaari, the association of Māori Screen Professionals, and has been a long-time advocate and champion for Māori stories on screen and for diverse storytelling from under-represented groups in Aotearoa. She has been nominated by Ngā Aho Whakaari for this position.

Barry Soutar

Barry Soutar, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi-Tai-ki-Tāmaki, Ngāti Kahungunu-ki-te-Wairoa, is a director of TORO Studios, a creative technology company based in Tairāwhiti and a director of the AMO Collab, a national collective of twenty of NZ’s best export focused creative production companies. Mr Soutar is also the executive director of Te Tira Toi Whakangao (T3W), a tech venturing network that connects and drives Māori involvement in the tech sector. He is chair of Orawa, a cultural leadership programme assisting whanau into the future of work.

Mr Soutar has been a director of Te Runanganui-o-Ngāti Porou, a director of Ngāti Porou Seafoods Group, the chair of Te Taurahere-o-Ngāti-Porou-ki-Tāmaki, the vice chair of Toitu Ngāti Porou Trustee Ltd and a director for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust. He has previously had roles with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation Ltd. Prior to these he built a successful export software company with business partners operating for more than fifteen years in the location intelligence industry.

Jana Rangooni

Jana Rangooni is the Chief Executive Officer of the Radio Broadcasters Association, the industry body for the radio broadcasting industry. She has held various roles in the New Zealand radio industry over the past 30 years including a number of senior roles at Media Works.

Ms Rangooni is Chair of Paralympics NZ. She is also a board member of the Advertising Standards Authority and is the Chair of the Bay of Plenty Institute of Directors Committee.

Mele Wendt MNZM

Mele Wendt MNZM, received her award in 2019 for services to governance, the Pacific community and women. She is Samoan (Malie, Lefaga, Vaiala) and palagi (NZ, Britain). She is currently a board member of Te Kura (the Correspondence School) and the Wellington Community Trust. She also chairs the Steering Group implementing the National Action Plan for Community Governance.

Ms Wendt's past governance appointments include chairing the Pasifika Education Centre and the Massey University Pacific Student Success Working Group, and serving as board member on Lotteries Wellington/Wairarapa Distribution Committee, Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), Major Arc Charitable Trust, and Victoria House, to name a few. For 10 years, Ms Wendt was the Executive Director of Fulbright New Zealand. Her roles at Victoria University of Wellington included the founding Pacific Islands Liaison Officer and the manager of domestic student recruitment."

Richard Beddie

Richard Beddie is the chief executive officer of the Exercise Association of New Zealand, a position he has held for the past 20 years. Prior to this role, he owned two health clubs/gyms in Christchurch, and has extensive governance experience in the not-for-profit sector. 

Mr Beddie was a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Toi Mai WDC. He was previously on the board of Skills Active Aotearoa, including nine years as Chair, and board member of the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals that included five years as Chair.

Order in Council

The WDC Order in Council can be viewed here: Toi Mai (Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology)