Creative BOP appoints new staff

Creative Bay of Plenty has appointed Mount Maunganui local Rachel Beange and Perth’s Meagan Davis to its newly created Administration and Marketing, and Funding and Liaison positions. Supplied photo.

Creative Bay of Plenty has appointed two new staff members as part of the substantial restructure the organisation is currently undergoing.

Mount Maunganui local Rachel Beange will take up the Administration and Marketing manager from April 1, while Perth's Meagan Davis will join Creative BOP in a couple of months' as its new Funding and Liaison manager.

General Manager Lena Kovac says both positions are brand new roles which have been created to reflect the organisation's vision to better support the local creative sector and they will work alongside one current employee.

“Rachel holds a Bachelor of Management majoring in Public Relations and Marketing and has worked in community mental health and administration for a local dance school.

“She has a fierce passion for all things creative, a great vision and the right skills to see Creative BOP move forward.”

While Meagan will come to the Bay from Perth where she's been working in the Strategy Team for Western Australia's largest regional bank and is responsible for developing events and sponsorship programs to deliver cultural engagement initiatives.

“We believe that Meagan will be a fantastic asset to our growing community.”

While current Gallery Curator and Arts Development Advisor Parewhati Taikato will also move into a role in Community Cultural Development which will see her “act as a radar” for the community's needs in terms of professional development, mentoring and networking, adds Lena.

On behalf of the organisation, Lena would like to acknowledge outgoing staff members Christine Sadlier and Viv Quinn whose contracts expire at the end of March.

“While I am excited about where the organisation is headed, I am also incredibly grateful for Christine and Viv's hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in their time with the organisation.”

Creative BOP's new focus is on finding ways to better assist the creative communities of Tauranga and the Western Bay to develop their goals and become more self-sustainable, acting as a conduit between the two local Councils and the wider community in all creative sector matters.

“We are currently supporting the development of an Arts & Culture Strategy for the sub-region, which will give CBOP clear direction on how to best move forward as a sector support agency.”


Creativity informs all we do...

Posted on 26-03-2017 15:14 | By Jane Harmer

... and I'm not engaging in debate on the comparative value of publicly-funded activities. The arts is only ONE of many. For a considered response, read What I would ask for in public debate is informed criticism, often sadly lacking. I dont understand the value of many activities part-funded by taxpayers and ratepayers that I have zero interest in. Yet I dont complain about what they cost because I dont enjoy them. Happy, well-adjusted individuals are those allowed to fully express/ release their creativity. Balance is everything. Maybe we have an 'arts council' (Creative BoP) BECAUSE we have a 'sports council' (Sport BoP.) It could be revelatory to analyse (a) how their budgets compare, and (b) how this citys arts expenditure compares per capita to what other NZ cities spend. Have the gripers never read a book, gone to a concert or hung a painting on their wall?


Posted on 26-03-2017 11:51 | By morepork

I read your post several times, carefully. There is truth in what you say. Maybe Society reflects the move away from "hands on", which epitomized the Victorian work ethic, to the more abstract idea of computers running the factories and people just finding other ways to make themselves useful (or not...). It is certainly true that there is a much greater "Paper Chase" now than was previously the case. There's nothing wrong with getting educated, but you are right that it needs to be balanced with practicality. Whole new fields of endeavour, in research, management, and across the societal spectrum, can seem like BS to people who never heard of them. In the end it comes down to results; if the new appointees show that they add value to Creative Tauranga then they have justified their appointments, if not then re-assessment is required. Give them a chance.

Arts funding.

Posted on 26-03-2017 11:32 | By morepork

It is the Kiwi nature to be practical and "can do". We are not generally comfortable around things that are "intangible". We don't like fancy titles and are suspicious of "book learning". But would anyone posting here seriously advocate the removal of creative Arts from our society entirely? Can you imagine what a sterile, grey, glass-and-concrete, society that would be? Would you want your kids never to experience the joy of throwing paint onto paper, or sinking their hands into wet clay, or sharing with a haiku something that touched them, or bashing out a few chords on guitar or ukelele? There is creativity in ALL of us. It transcends gender, age and ethnicity. But, it is fragile and if it is suppressed, it may be lost forever. ("Who told you you could sing...?") Creative Tauranga is a way to nurture it and encourage it. Support them.

It's sad to see...

Posted on 26-03-2017 11:14 | By morepork

vitriol and criticism before these people even take up their appointments. Creative Tauranga has been doing a very good job and they deserve our support. Arts have an effect on our community even though it is often intangible and not immediately obvious. There is a growing community of artists, sculptors, writers, and musicians in Tauranga and many of them are world class. I agree that these people should not EXPECT to be funded by Ratepayers (most of them don't...) but I also don't mind some of my Rates going to this sector. Man does not live by bread alone and EVERYTHING is not about money. We should give them a chance and see how it goes.

@ earlybird............

Posted on 20-03-2017 22:53 | By groutby

.....I assume you are asking the question of rastus in regard to either having a tax/rate payer funded job, if so, everything to do with you, if not, nothing to do with you it?.....jus' sayin'...

@ rastus

Posted on 20-03-2017 17:49 | By earlybird

So rastus, since you are so critical of others, perhaps you could tell us what you do to earn a crust.


Posted on 20-03-2017 16:17 | By The Sage

Well said. I couldn't agree more.

Who is to blame?

Posted on 20-03-2017 14:56 | By rastus

In the olden days those with lots of money used to spend small dollops of it on various artisans who would build the money mans prestige and often also build his stock of artistic works. Now it is left to the hapless rate and tax payer to prop up all these self appointed experts. We keep churning out masses of people from universities and polytechs with their useless certificates in hand - people with no experience, many without natural ability and they are let loose among us as all sorts/types of experts, art experts - counselling experts- sports administration experts, bussiness advice experts, etc etc - the list goes on. In my world if what you want to do with your life is not self sustaining then why on earth should others have to pay for your so called expertise. The world revolves on BS and as get older,nothing chang

Creative ...

Posted on 20-03-2017 13:26 | By Roadkill

This all looks like the usual "creative" to make what is not needed and surplus somehow useful. This outfit leeches off ratepayers and its purpose in life is to leech off others to maintain its existence ... The obvious solution comes from that.

@ Surfsup

Posted on 20-03-2017 12:41 | By The Sage

Great comment Surfsup, especially the measure of their success. While they are at it let's have some actual success stats (if they have any) from Priority One.


Posted on 20-03-2017 11:54 | By Captain Sensible

Wondering if Rachel is related to ex-mayor Jan Beange?

New staff

Posted on 20-03-2017 11:40 | By surfsup

I wonder would there be the same vocal outrage expressed if these were sporting appointments.Creative BOP and Sunlive could help the situation by actually explaining the rationale behind the appointments, who funds them, how they are measured and what success have they had up to this moment.

Say that again?

Posted on 20-03-2017 09:31 | By Mackka

A lot of sickly gobbly-gook - the trough grows longer and longer with more mouths feeding!

The Sage

Posted on 20-03-2017 09:15 | By Laurie

You took the words right out of my mouth - reads like somebody is empire building!!

@ The Sage

Posted on 20-03-2017 09:14 | By nerak

Sorry, my honest answer not printable! Tell you what though, to my knowledge fancy titles = very expensive! I see the current curator is now going to 'act as a radar', the mind boggles. Wonder if she'll beep every time she sniffs money from the hapless? Who funds them? Just a few hapless ratepayers... it's called propping up.

There's a lot of fancy titles

Posted on 20-03-2017 08:12 | By The Sage

Can anyone tell me just what they do and who funds them?

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