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.

Sajal Taneja
Sajal Taneja

Youth Leader Coordinator

Sajal joined Mixit in 2019 through a family friend and became a Junior Youth Leader within a year. Since then, Sajal has consistently displayed commitment to our mission and has become an integral part of our community. Now, as a Youth Leader Coordinator, he helps in training and guiding the upcoming Youth Leaders. Originally from India, Sajal valu...

Arezo Nazari
Arezo Nazari

Youth Leader

Zohal Afshary
Zohal Afshary

Youth Leader

Originally from Afghanistan, Zohal joined Mixit in 2021 when she was introduced through her sister. The fun and energetic atmosphere immediately caught her attention, and she decided to participate regularly. After coming for a year, she was invited to step up as a Youth Leader. She values the inclusive and welcoming environment that provided a pla...

Team


Nicole Beer
Nicole Beer

Finance Leader

Nicole joined the team to both hold and develop our Financial Management needs. She brings an extensive background of accounting and financial know-how supporting a wide range of community and charitable organisations including Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring (who mentor Pacifica youth at risk), Hibiscus Hospice and the YES Disability Centre. She has also...

Ekta Gyawali
Ekta Gyawali

Operations Leader

Ekta became a part of Mixit in 2022 during the challenging aftermath of COVID, stepping into the newly created position of Operations Leader. Drawing from her own experiences as a migrant in Aotearoa, she holds a passion for empowering young people and finds fulfilment in her role at Mixit, viewing it as an opportunity for both personal and profess...

Izadine Ahmat Abdallah
Izadine Ahmat Abdallah

Programme Leader

Izadine started out at Mixit as a shy and unconfident teenager, but he was determined to find positive ways to grow. He found his stride, first as a youth leader and then as an Alumni, inspiring others like him. In 2020, he completed his film studies at the School of Audio Engineering and in 2023 he earned a diploma in Entrepreneurship from AUT. H...

Board members


Amavi Mey
Amavi Mey

Trustee

Amavi is the Communities Engagement Manager at Fonterra and enjoys being in a role that connects the business world to communities. She’s also been a school teacher and thrives in situations that are about supporting growth, including being on the Board for May Road School and a volunteer for Springboard Trust. Amavi is a Cambodian NZer from a fami...

Fardowsa Mohamed
Fardowsa Mohamed

Trustee

As a teenager Fardowsa was a Mixit participant, then Youth Leader before she left Auckland to take on medical studies. She’s now a medical doctor working for Auckland Hospital with an interest in surgery. Around her busy professional life she is a respected poet, and continues to train in martial arts, she currently has a red belt in Kung Fu. Fardo...

Sam Ramlu
Sam Ramlu

Trustee

Sam is a co-founder and director of Method Digital – an innovative creative digital agency and she loves bringing stories to life through technology. A Fijian born Kiwi Indian Sam has been part of a wide range of cutting-edge digital design, virtual and augmented reality initiatives. She’s also been an active trustee on other boards in the film and...

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.

Mu Nyay
Mu Nyay

Alumni squad

Mu Nyay has been coming to Mixit since 2013. She was appointed as a Youth Leader in 2018, and joined our Alumni Squad in 2021. When talking about Mixit programmes MuNyay said "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." Having graduated from St Dominic's in ...

Ilknur Ozbal
Ilknur Ozbal

Alumni squad

Ilknur joined the Youth Leader programme in early 2019, and the Alumni squad in early 2021. When she's not studying at University you'll find her keeping active through playing sports and going to the gym. She is also interested in promoting the value diversity and encouraging people to be happy with their differences.

Younis Ahmat Abdallah
Younis Ahmat Abdallah

Alumni squad

Younis Ahmat Abdallah joined our Youth Leadership programme in 2018, and graduated to become an Alumni Squad member in late 2020. He is currently working as a builder, and continues to participate in creative activities in his spare time.

Selected guest artists


Helen Todd:

  Lighting Designer

Tahi-Mapp Borren:

  Guest Artist

Moss Patterson:

  Choreographer

Gino October:

  Musician

Katy Parker:

  Visual Theatre Artist

Katy Burton:

  Choreographer & Performer

Daniel Ortiz Rodreiguez:

  Composer & Musician

Malia Johnston:

  Choreographer & Director

Tama Jarman:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ben Crowder:

  Actor

Ella Becroft:

  Photographer & Graphic Designer

Sparrow Phillips:

  Artist

Yair Katz:

  Musician

Margaret-Mary Hollins:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Ebon Grayman:

  Performer & Aerial Acrobat

Megan Bardsley:

  Graphic Designer

Sarah-Jane Blake:

  Visual Installation & Designer

Justin Haiu:

  Choreographer & Performer

Bert Van Dijk:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Katy Dugdale:

  Visual Artist

Ooshcon Massuers:

  Choreographer

Muhammad Ali Kanwal:

  Musician & Performer

Andrew Cesan:

  Choreographer

Eddie Elliott:

  Choreographer & Performer

Julia Deans:

  Musician

Alexander Holloway:

  Stage Combat

Chris O’Connor:

  Composer & Musician

Matilde Polard:

  Visual Artist

Paulo Rotondo:

  Director & Writer

Chris Jannides:

  Choreographer & Director

Miriama McDowell:

  Theatre Director

Gemma-Jayde Naidoo:

  Choreographer

Claire Talbot:

  Garden Designer

Don McGlashan:

  Composer & Musician

Jahra Wasasala:

  Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Ilai Amar:

  Film maker

Gaby Thomas:

  Choreographer & Performer

Ahi Kahrunahran:

  Theatre Director

Mel Bailey aka Kloos:

  Performer & Musician

Elijah Kennar:

  Choreographer & Performer

Chris Graham:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Andi Crowne:

  Photographer

Maisy Conway:

  Garden Designer

Bianca Hyslop:

  Choreographer & Performer

Mike & Bronwyn Baker:

  Ariel Acrobats & Circus Tutors

Felix Becroft:

  Performer & Musician

Emily Carter & Natalie Keane:

  Costume Stylists

Eve Gordon & Dust Palace:

  Performers & Aerial Acrobats

Tawanda Manyimo:

  Theatre Director & Performer

Bethan Marshall:

  Artist/ Muralist

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
Richard Mille Replica
  .richardmille.to
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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