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Being a Laureate and then a Governor of the Arts Foundation brought me into contact with Sir Hugh. I only met him a few times, but his gift for quiet observation of all that surrounded him mixed with natural dignity, made a deep impression.  His steadfast and unstinting dedication to furthering deep and truthful understanding between Maori and the wider community will remain strong in the hearts of those who care about building a truly bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand.  Ka hinga te totara o te wao nui a Tane. Haere ra. Te Rangatira. G ay l e n e P r e s t o n

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~ Former Trustee Sir Hugh Kawharu with Arts Foundation Governor Georgina te Heuheu at the inaugural Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage – May 2006. ~

Professor Sir Hugh Kawharu, ONZ, Chairman Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board, 1927-2006 Trustees reflect with great sadness upon the loss of fellow Trustee Sir Hugh Kawharu in mid-September, acknowledging what a privilege it was to have worked with him. Ros Burdon said “The Arts Foundation was fortunate to have had such a fine distinguished man provide thoughtful insights into every aspect of the organisation. Trustees would never forget the experience of attending their July meeting at Orakei Marae so graciously hosted by Sir Hugh, shortly before his death.” Much loved by Management and fellow Trustees, Sir Hugh spent considerable time with Executive Director Simon Bowden, discussing Arts Foundation Awards and the importance of honouring “preeminence”. Sir Hugh guided the Foundation toward open dialogue on the merits of Maori involvement in patronage and contributed enormously to the work and identity of the Foundation.

Justin Paton joined the Arts Foundation’s College of Governors at the end of 2004. Justin is curator of contemporary art at Dunedin Public Art Gallery and is widely published as an art critic. From 2000 until 2005 he was Editor of New Zealand’s longest-running journal of Arts and Letters, Landfall.  As a curator, his recent exhibitions have included Reboot:The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, World’s Edge: Ten Horizons, and Tall Tales and History Lessons: Contemporary New Zealand Art from the Nineteenth Century. He was Curator of a 2003 survey of the work of Arts Foundation Laureate Ronnie van Hout, called I’ve Abandoned Me, and most recently he co-curated the spectacular survey exhibition of another Laureate artist, Julia Morison, and authored the recently released book of that exhibition, titled a loop around a loop. His book about Australian sculptor Ricky Swallow was published by Craftsman House/Thames and Hudson in 2004, and his essays have appeared in publications on the artists Daniel van Sturmer (Dunedin Public Art Gallery) and Jude Rae (Ouroborous Publishing).  His acclaimed survey of the painter Jeffrey Harris was published in 2005 and was a finalist in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Illustrative Section, and his book How to Look at a Painting was the winner in the Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture Category of the same Awards.  Justin has been a valuable member of the Arts Foundation’s 2005 and 2006 Laureate selection panels. Mary-Jane O’Reilly took up the position as Artistic Director of the tempo° dance festival earlier in the year. The tempo° festival offers a wide range of dance opportunities to all dancers, and for dance artists, the rare opportunity to mount work with the support of festival resources. tempo° 06 featured all genres of dance including hiphop to a guest ballet company from Argentina and also works by both seasoned and younger choreographers.

Karyn Fenton-Ellis’s career has been diverse, ranging from broadcasting, communications and politics to international and community leadership. She is an accomplished debater and public speaker, winning the World Public Speaking Competition in Britain in 1989. Since 1997, Karyn has been TOWER Limited’s Group Sponsorship Manager. She was elected Junior Chamber International (Jaycee) World President for 2000, chairing the Sapporo, Japan World Congress with 10,000 delegates.  Since 1992, Karyn has been a television presenter for nationwide racing channel Trackside and currently hosts a Sunday morning programme Retro and a programme on Radio Trackside. Karyn also MCs a large number of industry and corporate events.  Her passion for the arts is a foremost interest. Karyn says that “Being a Trustee of the Arts Foundation is a privilege that I am enormously excited about - the Foundation is changing the lives of artists of all genres, and is making a fundamental difference to the society in which we live.”

Roger Hall had a new pantomime version of Aladdin premier at Circa Theatre midNovember; and Cinderella (also a pantomime) was performed at Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, around the same time. Roger has written these two works, with Paul Jenden (choreographer) and Michael Nicholas Willams (lyricist and composer), as part of a drive to entice theatres to put on family shows to encourage future audiences. Rodney Wilson is Director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and has been kept busy with continuous building and fundraising activities for the development of the Museum. The Stage II Grand Atrium Project has just been completed and comprises two basement levels, a ground floor, and four above ground levels. Seven stories in all, crowned by a magnificent copper and glass dome, it increases the Museum’s ability to showcase, interpret and celebrate the country’s history.


Applause - issue 12  

This issue of Applause includes Arts Foundation Milestones; Forsyth Barr Laureates On-Stage; Hone Tuwhare; Icon Artists; John Psathas; Justi...