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About Us

PACIFIC DANCE NEW ZEALAND (PDNZ) WAS FORMED IN 2010 AND IS LOCATED AT 147 GREAT NORTH ROAD, GREY LYNN IN AUCKLAND. IT IS A DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION DELIVERING A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FOR THE PACIFIC DANCE SECTOR OF NEW ZEALAND. THE ORGANISATION IS GOVERNED BY THE PACIFIC ISLANDS DANCE FONO TRUST.
Chairman

Taualeo’o Stephen Stehlin

Stephen has extensive experience in the NZ Television Industry. He is the Executive Producer of Tagata Pasifika and is Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Dance Fono Trust, and member of both the AUT Council and the Pacific Islands Advisory Board to ProCare.

Chairman

Taualeo’o Stephen Stehlin

Stephen has extensive experience in the NZ Television Industry. He is the Executive Producer of Tagata Pasifika and is Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Dance Fono Trust, and member of both the AUT Council and the Pacific Islands Advisory Board to ProCare.

Treasurer

Junior Lolohea

Junior Lolohea is our trust treasurer, linking in nicely with WE Consulting, a visionary Pacific accounting consultancy advising Pacific Dance. With a family background from Uvea and Tonga, Lolohea describes himself as a “competitive rugby player and a dedicated food enthusiast.” He brings up-to-date skills in financial administration with a Bachelors in Business, majoring in Accounting at Auckland University of Technology.

Board Member

Tania Kopytko

Dr Tania Kopytko is based in Palmerston North and works freelance in dance and arts, developing community projects and collaborations as well as lecturing and writing on dance. She has a PhD in Dance Anthropology from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her key interest is the role and significance of dance in our communities and societies. Tania was the Executive Director of DANZ.

Board Member

Tania Kopytko

Dr Tania Kopytko is based in Palmerston North and works freelance in dance and arts, developing community projects and collaborations as well as lecturing and writing on dance. She has a PhD in Dance Anthropology from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her key interest is the role and significance of dance in our communities and societies. Tania was the Executive Director of DANZ.

Board member

Ioane Aleke

A journalist at the Pacific Media Network, Ioane Fa’avae-Aleke brings media smarts and many other skills to trustee leadership at Pacific Islands Dance Fono Trust. Gifted translator for his homeland Niue communities, his part-Tongan background also includes work as a choreographer, composer, educator, author, researcher, and actor.

Board Member

Eseta Le’au

In her day job at the Pacific Business Trust Eseta manages programmes that explore economic development as a tool, empowering our communities to become global leaders in enterprise. New to the Pacific Islands Dance Fono aiga, she is excited to help create commercial realities for creative artists in Aotearoa where possible.

Board Member

Eseta Le’au

In her day job at the Pacific Business Trust Eseta manages programmes that explore economic development as a tool, empowering our communities to become global leaders in enterprise. New to the Pacific Islands Dance Fono aiga, she is excited to help create commercial realities for creative artists in Aotearoa where possible.

Board member

Annah Pickering

Annah Pickering has been involved with not for profit community organisation NewZealand Prostitutes Collective for 20 years, served on different advisory roles within government organisations, not for profit sector, a member of Auckland Rough SleepersInitiative, NZ Coalition to End Homelessness, a member of Global Network of Sex WorkProjects.

Board Member

Juliana Satchell-Deo

She is currently the Associate Curator (Pacific) at Auckland Museum.
JulianaSatchell-Deo finds ways to reconnect back to her culture through her role as associatecurator of Pacific at Auckland War Memorial Museum. She works to bring the museum’sPacific collection to life through exhibitions and access to archived objects for Pacific Island communities, researchers.

Board Member

Juliana Satchell-Deo

She is currently the Associate Curator (Pacific) at Auckland Museum.
JulianaSatchell-Deo finds ways to reconnect back to her culture through her role as associatecurator of Pacific at Auckland War Memorial Museum. She works to bring the museum’sPacific collection to life through exhibitions and access to archived objects for Pacific Island communities, researchers.

Board member

Reverend Neli Alo

Reverend Neli Alo was born and raised in West Auckland. A graduate of University of Auckland, he also lived in Samoa where he graduated from Malua Theological College. Neli is a strong advocate for Pacific Health and is currently employed by Vaka Tautua, a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social service provider. He is a National ambassador for the A-OK Suicide Prevention Programme.