Our 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 nancial 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@wintec.ac.nz


Margi Moore

Margi Moore - Chairperson

Margi is the Director of the newly established holistic interdisciplinary co-creation learning space – the Design Factory NZ at Wintec. Margi has been involved in Media, Art and Design Education for several decades as an Arts Manager, 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.


Amanda Hema

Amanda is Director of The Stakeholder Agency, a company which specialises in helping Waikato organisations build fruitful relationships, proactively collaborate and recognise strategic alignment opportunities. With a strong background in public sector management, Amanda is passionate about regional development and believes local empowerment and growth flows from partnerships beyond territorial boundaries, as a result, she also sits on the Community Waikato board supporting social service provision across the region. 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 Māori for Hamilton City Council and is very much a family man, with 6 children, and 2 beautiful grandchildren. He is fluent in Te Reo Māori, 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 advisor and director of Hamilton-based consultancy Dorrington Wright. Prior to establishing his own business, Nick has held strategy, planning and project management roles at Hamilton City Council, Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato and Arts Waikato. He has been involved in several non-profit organisations, including the Hamilton Live Music Trust, the Independent Broadcasting Community, the Boon Street Art Festival committee and the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network. Nick is also a musician and has played piano and keyboards in many local bands.

Henriata Nicholas

Henriata Nicholas

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Turumakina, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu – Te Arawa, Waikato-Maniapoto. Henriata is a Māori artist designer 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. She works for the Te Awamutu Museum as the Exhibitions Coordinator curating local community based exhibitions utlilising her depth of design. She is also a representative for Kaitiaki Māori on the Museums Aotearoa board and board member of the Waitomo Discovery Centre & Museum.

Scott Ratuki

Scott Ratuki

Scott is a Partner at Tompkins Wake Lawyers. He is a commercial lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience. He is has had a long association with the arts, including being the last chair of Creative Hamilton, a precursor organization to Creative Waikato. He has served for many years on boards of non-profit or charitable organisations and currently sits on the board of Enrich+ and the board of Hamilton Live Music Trust. Scott is also a musician and has played drums in a few local bands.