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Our team

Our Board

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Anton Steel

Anton is the writer/director of the award winning eco-comedy feature The Z-Nail Gang, produced locally here in the Bay, utilizing the skills and resources available in the Te Puke community.

He loves collaborating on shoots and the magic of seeing a story come to life in the edit suite.  Working as director, assistant director and producer for over 20 years on films such as The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Yogi Bear has given him a great overview of what is needed to service productions of all sizes, both creatively and logistically.  He sees that his role is to connect people and projects, encourage creativity and to celebrate and promote the regions assets and achievements.

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Piripi Curtis

Piripi Curtis: Dip Ed, B MD, Producer: Piripi Curtis (Te Arawa) is currently the Managing Director and co-owner of Hikoi NZ which is a television and film company based in Rotorua.

He has been producing television for over thirteen years with his flagship show "Hunting Aotearoa"  He comes from a background in teaching with 23 years experience primarily in kura Māori, including management roles such as Deputy Principal.  The holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Māori Development with a Business Major, Piripi has also managed Te Arawa based tourism companies including Waka Hikoi Ltd and Rotoiti Tours Ltd and is a Trustee on a number of Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Rongomai Trusts (including Manupirua Ahu Whenua Trust).

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Tessa Blackett

Tessa is a freelance camera operator and editor, based in Mount Maunganui, with her own production company, Homespun Productions.

She is also contracted as an outside broadcast TV camera operator for the NZ Racing Board.  She began in the screen media industry in Christchurch after a career change, and has worked in a variety of roles including runner, production assistant, grip and camera assist for commercials and music videos, video tape operator for live  and as-live TV productions, camera operator on a reality series for Māori TV, camera operator and editor on productions for children’s TV, and editor for TV3 news.  She also worked as a production assistant on location for the feature film ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ and taught editing as part of Aoraki Polytehcnic’s National Certificate in Film and TV.  Ten years ago she moved to Tauranga for the lifestyle, and has continued working in the screen media industry in the Bay.

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Kim Webby

Kim Webby is an award winning documentary director and producer with a background in journalism, living in Ōpōtiki. She was co-producer and director of internationally acclaimed cinematic feature documentary, The Price of Peace, which won five international awards in the past two years.

She has produced and directed many documentaries for TVNZ, TV3 and Māori Television. She currently has Film Commission development funding for a second cinematic feature documentary. Kim previously received funding to produce a range of programmes including for Maori Television and TVNZ. She has also been a reporter on One News, 60 Minutes and Fair Go. She is also the current vice-chairperson of the Ōpōtiki Community Theatre which manages the Deluxe cinema and theatre in her hometown.

Paula Jones

Paula Jones (Chair)

Paula Jones: BA English and Social Anthropology, Dip Teaching, Producer: Splitting her time between Auckland and Waihi, Paula is acompany director and film producer with an extensive cross professional background in film and television production and in education, industry accreditation and training.

She produced the multi-award winning documentary Hip Hop-eration(NZFC, 2014)
and was previously Course Director and Head of Curriculum at South Seas Film and Television School, and Curriculum and Standards Consultant and National Moderator, Secondary and Tertiary Media and Film Studies (NZQA). She has worked in production and public relations for TVNZ and served on the boards of the
NZ Writer’s Guild, the National Association of Media Educators and the Green Ribbon Trust.

Our Crew

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Elysia Gibb

Film Office Coordinator:

Elysia evolved from gaining a BSC degree in Zoology and Psychology to spending the last 15 years of her life working between feature films and tourism. She has a keen interest in photography and travel which has enabled her to be rather diverse in her skill range. This all helps in the co-ordinator role at Film Bay of Plenty.

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Jannine Spiers

Jannine has over 15 years experience in the film industry and works as our film events manager.

She is a Creative Director, Artist, Prop Designer and Project Manager, and her particular passions are design, art directing, set dressing and prop making. She has worked on national and international television productions, including Hercules, Xena, Street Legal and Shortland Street.

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