Munashe joined Mixit as a participant, then was invited to the Youth Leadership programme, followed by becoming a member of the inaugural Alumni Squad. She has a degree in Performing Arts and continues to pick up performance opportunities – predominantly on screen. She’s also currently undertaking part-time Post-grad studies in Social and Community Leadership. As our Outreach Activator Munashe is often on the front line driving our community reach and leading creative workshops Nationally. She also has close involvement as part of the core team contributing to current initiatives, along with co-designing Mixit's future. Munashe loves using her creative energies and experience to support young people coming through and inspiring them to become part of Mixit.
Wendy Preston MNZM
Wendy has over 30 years of professional involvement as a choreographer, director, tutor, performer and artistic producer/manager. She has worked extensively with young people on performance projects throughout her career, focusing on cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary creative interaction. Wendy has collaborated with leading practitioners across the performing arts fields, mentors emerging performers and teaches at tertiary level, she has also worked on marae, in schools, community halls, theatres and film and television both in New Zealand and Internationally. She passionately believes in the power of creativity to make significant changes in peoples lives and grow stronger communities.
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 directing and dramaturgy, for theatre and multi-disciplinary performance. Tahi co-founded Sweet Beats Ltd with musician Chris O’Connor, their work includes community activation and participatory installation. Tahi has freelance tutored across several companies alongside her role with Mixit, including Massive Co, Excel School of Performing Arts and Red Leap Theatre.
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 worked in financial areas aligned to arts organisations – including Limbs and Black Grace Dance Companies. Nicole loves nothing more than using her financial skills to help organisations make a positive difference to the world, especially working in the Not-For-Loss space. When she’s not busy being Queen of the Spreadsheets she can be found refereeing basketball – one of her happy places.
Shari Lett is a community arts worker who is committed to creating meaningful connections between people and the arts. Prior to relocating to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2018, she was an Assistant Education Coordinator, Indigenous Programmes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, before going on to become their Archivist of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections, and Studio Manager for artist Ben Quilty. Since completing a Bachelor of Art Theory in 2014, she has developed and delivered creative projects for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, and Goulburn Correctional Centre.