First Pacific Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Appointed

Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has announced the appointment of Ms. Caren Rangi as the new chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand’s governing body).

Ms. Rangi will be the first Pacific Chair and third woman to hold the role of Chair. Minister Sepuloni says, “Caren Rangi is uniquely qualified for this role given her experience in public sector governance, as well as her involvement in and services to Pacific communities.”

Ms. Rangi was appointed to the Creative New Zealand board in 2014, has been Deputy Chair from 2017 and has been acting Chair since December 2020. Ms. Rangi is an experienced public sector governance practitioner and a qualified chartered accountant. She is currently a board member of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Radio New Zealand, and director of Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd. Ms. Rangi is a former board member of the National Pacific Radio Trust. She is also a director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga.

Ms. Rangi says she is thrilled to be taking up the role of Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, and to continue strengthening arts and culture experiences for all New Zealanders. The position is for a three year term.


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