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Arts exec Andrew Caisley named chair of New Zealand funding agency NZ On Air

The New Zealand government has appointed Andrew Caisley as the new chair at screen and media funding body NZ On Air, minister for media and communications Paul Goldsmith has confirmed.

Andrew Caisley

Caisley has extensive experience in arts governance, serving as both member and chair of the NZ Book Council as well as holding positions at the Playmarket Agency, Indian Ink Theatre Trust and Q Theatre Trust. He has also been a member of Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Film & Literature Board Review.

Last year, the NZ On Air board was hit by the sudden resignation of board executive Andrew Shaw after he criticised deputy prime minister Winston Peters on social media.

Shaw, the former deputy director of content at public broadcaster TVNZ in New Zealand, was appointed to the NZ On Air board in June 2022 for a three-year term under the previous government.

The board comprises six members with a range of skills and experience from legal, accounting, industry and community backgrounds, and helps set the strategic direction of NZ On Air.

In a recent executive restructure, the agency axed the role of head of corporate services and appointed Raewyn Rasch to the newly created position of head of operations, partnerships and culture.

Under Rasch’s leadership, the operations, partnerships and culture team will deliver the finance, human resources, contracting and other office functions while providing leadership on sector partnerships, collaboration and cultural change.

In related news, head of funding Amie Mills is leaving the agency temporarily for parental leave and will be replaced by Kelly Davis and Glenn Usmar as acting heads of funding.

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