The Auckland Performing Arts Centre at Western Springs Incorporated is a registered Charitable Trust run by our dedicated Board of Directors who meet on a monthly basis.
TAPAC Board Members
Tricia Reade (Chairperson), Peter Greenall (Treasurer), Ivan Davis, Jan McCartney QC, Kent Dadson, Robert Pollock, Robert Hunte, Natasha Keene (non-voting member)
The TAPAC Team
TAPAC is run by a small but dedicated team of passionate professionals with a deep understanding of both the business and creative sides of the performing arts.
Executive Director: Sally-Anne Kerr
Sally-Anne has a strong creative, legal and entrepreneurial background. She spent a decade producing TVNZ’s 'Good Morning' show and has also directed some of New Zealand and Australia’s highest-rating dramas. A former finance lawyer for top-tier legal firms, she has worked in a number of senior arts management roles, including Director of Film Victoria and Director of Development and Production at Columbia TriStar in Sydney. Sally-Anne is a keen dancer with a passion for the performing arts.
Production Manager (Technical & Operations): Carol Harding
Carol looks after the operational and technical needs of TAPAC and its clients. She is widely considered New Zealand’s top stage manager and has worked on numerous high profile events including the Vodafone Music Awards, Kiri Te Kanawa’s productions, WOMAD and SPLORE. Carol has an extensive background in theatre production with exceptional budgeting and technical skills and a vast industry network.
Performing Arts Education Programmes: Bleau Bustenera
Bleau has extensive experience as an arts professional and has a background in education administration, marketing, funding and teaching. Bleau is the Concert Manager for Chamber Music New Zealand. Previously, she worked providing programme support and as a tutor for Sistema Aotearoa. Bleau, who has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), has a passion for making arts education accessible to a broad range of communities.
Community Coordinator: Pene Lister
Pene looks after TAPAC’s venue and community hirers. She has coordinated numerous events and performances in some of the largest theatres in Auckland and spent a number of years working for Auckland Live. Pene has a degree in Drama and Film and a post-graduate degree in Production Management focusing on Theatre and Film. Having spent most of her life onstage or behind it, Pene brings a wealth of experience, contacts, versatility, and insight from multiple sides of the theatre industry.
Front of House: Reid Fuemana-Elisaia, Dhruv Mody & Naomi Nathan
Dhruv has over five years’ experience working in customer service and sales management roles. His skills include marketing, sales and operations, with a focus on delivering service excellent. As an experienced performer himself, Dhruv has an understanding of both the logistical demands of arts production and the importance of delivering great customer service.
Accounts Administrator: Ana Hiini
Ana has been a welcoming face on Auckland’s hospitality scene for over 30 years. Behind the scenes, Ana has been responsible for managing the accounts at many of the hospitality establishments she has worked for. She is now using her skills to look after the accounts at TAPAC, including invoicing and financial reporting.
Marketing, Communications & Funding: Cinna Smith
Cinna is a journalist with extensive experience working in television as a researcher, writer and producer on some of New Zealand's highest rating shows. She has also worked in communications roles for the private and public sectors and has experience building online communities in New Zealand and London. Cinna brings an extensive network of contacts in media and the performing arts and entertainment industries. She has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in politics and drama and a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from NZBS.