Saturday, 16 January 2021


Creative Mercury Bay on the hunt for trustees and committee members

Creative Mercury Bay (CMB) is inviting expressions of interest from arts and community-minded people to join CMB as a trustee or a committee member.

CMB is a Whitianga-based charitable trust founded in 2012. The organisation is responsible for delivering a diverse and lively annual programme of performing arts events and workshops to the Mercury Bay community. 
The core objective of CMB is to develop and nurture enjoyment, participation and education in the arts and contribute towards building a sustainable arts infrastructure in the Mercury Bay area.

After four and a half years, husband and wife Ernie Pitchfork and Linda Stratford (current chair of CMB) are resigning from their trustee roles, as is treasurer Caren Squire.

With this need to fill vacant roles, came an eagerness to reshape and reinvigorate the CMB long-term strategy for the performing arts in Mercury Bay. “We feel that the sustained impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on the arts sector, both regionally and nationally, has made this need to revitalise even more apparent,” says Jan Wright, founding member of CMB.

The organisation is keen to bring together a diverse team of people who are not only genuinely passionate about the arts, but are also invested in cultivating the wellbeing of arts in the Mercury Bay area. A natural interest in the local community is a must.

“We are advocates of the arts and we understand its vital role in enhancing community

wellbeing,” says Jan. “We feel this next phase of CMB requires a complete rethink of how we currently do things.”

CMB is looking to engage people in both trustee and committee roles, who have a hands-on can-do attitude and a propensity for innovative future-thinking. “CMB is ready for transformation, so an interest in flexible, strategic thinking about the arts locally is essential,” says Jan.

In essence, the role of a trustee is to oversee and shape the financial and general wellbeing of the trust, to act always in the best interests of the trust and ensure the trust is run in accordance with the New Zealand Charities Act. “When one becomes a trustee, there is a legal process of appointment and retirement, both of which are registered with Charities Services (part of the Department of Internal Affairs),” says Jan. “A committee member holds a similar set of duties, but there is no formal agreement. Both roles are voluntary and unpaid.

“We want bright, young minds, experienced older minds, big-picture thinkers, strategy-gurus, finance-wizards and a clear tangata whenua voice. It’s important that all sectors of the Mercury Bay community are represented.”

CMB is inviting expressions of interest from people with varied skill sets to participate in strategic planning sessions, opening up the possibility of engaging trustees and committee members for both a fixed term period or a long-term commitment.

If you are interested in either a short-term commitment for the remainder of 2020 or if you would like to be in for the long haul, either as a trustee or a committee member, please contact Jan Wright on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (027) 224 1927.

More information about Creative Mercury Bay can be found on their website ( and Facebook page.

Pictured: Creative Mercury Bay trustees and committee members during a recent Zoom meeting.


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