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NZFC board gets new blood

Two new NZFC board members have been announced, just in time to share in the mince pies after the agency’s final board meeting for the year.

The board meets in Auckland Monday and Tuesday (as does NZ On Air’s board) so there’ll be more than a few creators hoping for some Christmas cheer when the announcements start to flow.

Pania Tyson-Nathan and Tom Greally will replace outgoing Board members Cameron Harland and Charles Finney.

Greally is a former GM of Weta Digital and Chair of Park Road Post’s board, so is essentially a like-for-replacement for Harland, bringing considerable industry knowledge and experience to the table. Greally is currently a member of the Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group and Chair of tech company Booktrack, which creates synchronised soundtracks for audio and e-books.

Tyson-Nathan’s appointment comes a few months after the NZFC shared at Nga Aho Whaakaari’s hui on some of the discussions it had been having about the lack of a formal Māori strategy at the agency.

As CEO of New Zealand Māori Tourism, and an owner of hospitality and retail businesses, Tyson-Nathan has a strong understanding of government practice and driving economic growth for Māori.

Current board member Chris Hampson, whose term was due to complete this year, has had his term extended until June 2017.

Making the announcement, Minister for Culture & Heritage Maggie Barry thanks the departing members. Greally and Tyson-Nathan’s terms as NZFC board members will run to 31 August 2019.

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