Mixit is all about people. Meet our Alumni, our Youth Leaders and the support team that have made Mixit what it is today.

People
People
People

Youth leaders


Mixit has a dynamic Youth Leadership programme. This programme offers motivated individuals an opportunity to step up into roles where they face new challenges and opportunities to grow their skills.

Youth Leaders take on organisational and planning responsibilities, gain experience of creative facilitation skills, manage the digital media aspects of the project, have the opportunity and support to initiate events and projects that inspire them. The youth leaders are an integral and dynamic team within Mixit and work hard together to make a difference.

Zahra Habibi
Zahra Habibi

Youth leader

Zahra Habibi was first introduced to Mixit by alumni Izadine Abdallah. She has been a part of our Youth Leadership programme since 2018. After completing her studies at Mangere College in 2019, she hopes to study Medicine or Optometry at Auckland University. She says "Mixit is fun part of my life at the moment. I just stay away from all the pressur...

Younis Ahmat Abdallah
Younis Ahmat Abdallah

Youth leader

Younis Ahmat Abdallah has been part of the Mixit family for 3 years, and joined our Youth Leadership programme in 2018. He is currently in Year 12 at Mangere College, and also studies Building at MIT. When he finishes school he hopes to become a builder and actor.

Mu Nyay
Mu Nyay

Youth leader

Mu Nyay has been coming to Mixit since 2013. She was appointed as a Youth Leader in 2018, and enjoys contributing to the Youth Leadership programme through spending time on the floor. "I love it when I’m on the floor because I can’t think of anything but having fun and I believe that everyone feels the same way as me." In year 12 at St Dominic's, h...

Team


Tahi-Mapp Borren
Tahi-Mapp Borren

Programme Leader

Tahi has a BA in Anthropology and Theatre from Victoria University and went on to graduate from Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) in 2003. Since then Tahi has devised and performed her own solo works and collaborated professionally in a range of new NZ Theatre. Her work includes devising, teaching, and dramaturgy, for both theatre and multi-disciplina...

Shari Lett
Shari Lett

Project Manager

Shari Lett is an educator, curator and project manager who is committed to creating meaningful connections between people and the arts. Prior to relocating to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2018, she was the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archivist of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Studio Manager for artist Ben Quilty. Since completing...

Te Rawhina McDowell
Te Rawhina McDowell

Financial Manager

Te Rawhina McDowell graduated with a degree in Economics and Statistics in 2001 and subsequently never worked as either an economist or a statistician. She has however been a Policy Adviser, Manager of Backpackers Hostel in Chile, English Teacher, Research Centre Business Manager and Accounts Administrator, and is a full-time Mum as well as Mixit’s...

Board members


Kaviesha Abeysinghe
Kaviesha Abeysinghe

Trustee

Kaviesha joined Mixit as a teenager before becoming a part of the Youth Leadership Programme. More recently she has become an active member of the Alumni, co-facilitating Mixit workshops in schools and in other regions around NZ. She is currently studying to be a Primary school teacher, after graduating with a Science degree and working in a labor...

Jan Alley
Jan Alley

Chair

Jan ran a Human Resource, Learning and Development consultancy and has recently been involved in organisational development for organisations as varied as Westpac NZ Limited, Watercare, NZ Transport and the University of Auckland. Jan’s extensive governance experience gives her the steady capability to guide the board. She is constantly inspired by...

Tayyaba Akram Khan
Tayyaba Akram Khan

Trustee

Tayyaba Khan is the founder of Khadija Leadership Network, the NZ Peace Ambassador for the European Muslim League, and a community development practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with the migrant and refugee communities in The Occupied Territories of Palestine, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. She has an association wit...

Alumni squad


Mixit Youth Leaders graduate into our Alumni team. The team actively engage on many levels – as Ambassadors, on the Board, mentoring youth, performing for external events, creating music (check out our videos) and participating in continued training to creatively lead and manage outreach opportunities.

Meg Sydenham
Meg Sydenham

Alumni squad

Meg worked with Mixit for the first time on the 2019 summer project JUMP CUT as a creative coach. She is from an acting background, and recently graduated from Toi Whakaari. Her range of teaching experience is diverse: putting on plays with primary school drama classes, working with kids right through to adults as an acting coach for short films, t...

Kaviesha Abeysinghe
Kaviesha Abeysinghe

Alumni squad

Kaviesha read about Mixit in her local paper as a teenager and ventured into the project determined to find opportunities for herself and her sister. She has always been involved with traditional Sri Lankan dance and discovered at Mixit the stimulation of different kinds of contemporary art forms and never looked back. She initially thought she wou...

Izadine Ahmed Abdallah
Izadine Ahmed Abdallah

Alumni squad

Izadine joined Mixit as a teenager who was shy and un-confident but wanted to find positive ways to step up in his life. Mixit gave him the platform to find his voice and he quickly started to fly. He’s a great ambassador for Mixit, always encouraging other young people to come along and join the crew. Izadine loves Spoken Word Poetry and is always...

Selected guest artists


Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Global connections


Mixit has a growing network of similar inspiring creative organisations that work with young people and marginalized communities. We are interested in making new connections, partnerships and opportunities with like-minded groups. If you have a project and want to link up with Mixit reach out, start talking and join our global connections map.

CAN – Community Arts Northwest, Manchester
  can.uk.com
Project Phakama, London
  projectphakama.org
Contact Theatre, Manchester
  contactmcr.com
Ovalhouse Theatre, London
  ovalhouse.com
Counterpoints Arts and Platforma, London
  counterpointsarts.org.uk
CoHealth Arts Generator, Melbourne
  cohealthartsgenerator.com
Multicultural Arts Victoria, Melbourne
  .multiculturalarts.com.au
The Open University for Refugees, Singapore
  initiativeour.org

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