31 October 2013
It is with regret that Taki Rua Productions announces the resignation of James Ashcroft. James has held the position of Tumuaki/CEO for seven and a half years, the longest period of dedicated leadership in the company’s history.
During that time, the organisation has produced outstanding theatre, including the internationally acclaimed Strange Resting Places, the 2012 International Festival of the Arts production, Mark Twain & Me in Māoriland and the recently critically well received Sydney Bridge Upside Down, which James also directed.
In addition, the company has produced an annual programme of plays in te reo Māori, which have toured to kura kaupapa Māori and marae throughout New Zealand. Plays from the Taki Rua repertoire, such as Nga Tangata Toa, Awhi Tapu and Michael James Manaia have been revived with great success. Some of these plays, such as Strange Resting Places and Michael James Manaia have toured internationally, to Australia, South East Asia and Europe.
Alongside these artistic successes, the company, under James’s leadership, has established a strong financial base. As a consequence, he leaves an organisation that can expect to grow and flourish into the future.
Nga Kaiwhakahaere, the Board of Taki Rua Productions, will identify and put in place new leadership for the organisation. This process involves a renewed articulation of Taki Rua Production's purpose and vision using te Reo and tikanga as a framework for the company. Through this work the board aims to put structures in place which allow Taki Rua to meet the needs and aspirations of its stakeholders: audiences, staff, partners, members, funders, practitioners, sponsors and volunteers.
For further information, please contact Esther Green, email@example.com
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