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Creative Waikato Board

Creative Waikato operates a Board of Trustees tasked with realising its vision for a thriving and resilient arts sector in the region. The Board operates with a minimum of seven trustees and a maximum of nine trustees at any given time.

Appointed Trustees cover the following areas: Māori, regional representation, various arts sectors, gender balance, professional arts and community arts.  The Board also ensures it has combined expertise in governance experience, thorough knowledge of the arts sector, strong networks and financial skills. 

New trustees are appointed annually in accordance with the trust deed, usually for a three year term.   From time to time new trustees can be co-opted, if necessary.    We welcome expressions of interest for trustee positions.    If you are interested in becoming a trustee of Creative Waikato, please email your CV and covering letter to the Chair, Margi Moore, email margi.moore "at" 




Margi Moore - Chairperson



Margi is the Head of School of Media Arts at Wintec. Margi has been involved in Arts Education for several decades as an Arts administrator, teacher and a practicing artist.


She has taken an active interest in the Arts in the region and the future development of Hamilton City as a vibrant creative City that can support and promote the Creative Economy.



Margi has been a member of the Urban Design Panel, Arts Forum and is currently the Chair of the Public Art Panel.

Bruce Sheridan

Bruce is on the boards of various charitable trusts, NGO, and commercial enterprises. For many years he was a partner in accounting firm KPMG, acting as a business advisor.


He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. 


Bruce has a longstanding interest in the arts, including as a trustee of a theatre trust.

Cheryl Reynolds

Cheryl is the inaugural CEO of Momentum Waikato, New Zealand's newest community foundation.


Before joining Momentum Waikato, Cheryl was the founder and CEO of SODA Inc, Waikato's Entrepreneurship Hub. 


Withamastersinfine art from Massey University, Cheryl is also a practising visual artist.  Before making New Zealand her home in 2002, Cheryl lived in the UK and was the director of Antenna International London, Camberley Theatre Surrey, Impressions Gallery York, and Focal Point Gallery Essex.


Amanda Hema

Amanda currently works as the Group Manager - Community at South Waikato District Council managing portfolios such as library services, leisure facilities, events, community contracts, customer service, stakeholder engagement, economic development and youth partnerships to name a few.


Amanda is passionate about regional development and believes local growth flows from collaborations beyond territorial boundaries, as a result she has been involved in many regional projects at a governance and management level.


A background in 'Speech and Drama' has led to an enduring interest in the performing arts and a love of small town theatre which sees Amanda on the stage whenever time permits.

Muna Wharawhara

Muna is the Amorangi Maaori for Hamilton City Council and is very much a family man and with 6 children, and 2 beautiful grandchildren.


He is fluent in Te Reo Maaori, and has a passion and love for kapahaka as tutor, composer, performer and spectator. He has performed at regional and national level kapahaka for the past 20 years.


With the best years of his performing life behind him he now enjoys supporting the arts through strategic and governance roles.


Nick Johnston


Nick is a Strategic Policy Analyst for Hamilton City Council. He has been involved in several non-profit organisations in Hamilton to promote and develop the region’s contemporary music scene, including the Hamilton Live Music Trust and the Independent Broadcasting Community.


He is also a musician and has played in many local bands including Sora Shima and The Changing Same.


Henriata Nicholas

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Te Mahau, Ngāti Turumakina, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu – Te Arawa, Waikato-Tainui

Born in Rotorua and now residing in Waitomo working for the Te Awamutu Museum. Completed a certificate in Commercial Design from Waiariki Polytechnic in 1987 which sparked a career as an Artist Designer for over two decades. 

In 2002, gained a CNZ indigenous links grant to Hawaii which began a 10year passion as one of the first contemporary Māori Woman Uhi Ta Moko artists in Aotearoa. Wrote extracts and collaborated on the Mau Moko Project in 2004. In 2005, wrote an interlude in the Pearson Longman publication: Beyond Words, reading & writing in a visual age.

Received a Masters of Arts Management (with distinction) from Auckland University of Technology in 2010. Began working at the Te Awamutu Museum in 2014 as the Exhibitions Coordinator and since that time has refurbished four social history galleries, curated and collaborated on 16 local community based exhibitions and intentionally integrated her depth of design within the museum environment.

For nearly 10 years, Henriata has been specialising in the design, application and project management of public artwork for council, transport, architect, urban design and iwi/hapū agencies, as part of regeneration and urban design projects.

Henriata is a Māori artist designer, a maker of art first and foremost and this unique perspective is a creative intelligence that informs her creative process within any arts project she is involved in.

New Creative Waikato Trustees Wanted

Governance of Creative Waikato is vested in a Board made up of seven-nine elected trustees. 
Trustees are appointed through an annual appointment process for a three-year term, are eligible for re-appointment, and can serve a maximum of nine consecutive years on the Board.

Appointed Trustees cover the following areas: Māori, regional representation, various arts sectors, gender balance, professional arts and community arts. The Board also ensures it has combined expertise in governance experience, thorough knowledge of the arts sector, strong networks and financial skills. 

The Board operates to proficient governance standards and is well supported by the very capable Creative Waikato management team. 

Particular skills/competencies sought 

The current Board is looking for expressions of interest, which will remain open until the positions are filled.

The ideal candidate(s) will have 

  • Governance experience or aptitude 

  • Well-developed general business skills appropriate for a governance position 

  • Particular expertise in either professional or community arts 

  • Regional connections 

  • A commitment to the vision of the Trust 

Commitment required

Meetings are held monthly, plus a commitment to committees, workshops, annual strategic planning sessions, and occasional events as required, and regular communication by email. Monthly meetings are held on Friday mornings, in Hamilton, and are scheduled for 2 hours. Applicants are welcome from across the Creative Waikato region. 


The position is voluntary, but travel expenses are reimbursed. 

For further details or to apply please provide your CV and covering letter to:

Margi Moore (Chair, Creative Waikato) Email: margi.moore "at"