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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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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.

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Glenn Dougal

Glenn Dougal is the Managing Director of WAVE Creative Communications Agency and has over 25 years international marketing, branding, TV production, and communications experience

Based in London and Tokyo for seven years, Glenn has worked for the BBC and Medialink (a specialist Nasdaq listed broadcasting consulting agency) advising large and small companies on marketing and communications campaigns. This ranged from launching Sony’s PlayStation 2, Jennifer Lopez’s perfume ‘Glow by J.Lo’, to advising the British Tourist Authority post the foot-in-mouth crisis. WAVE is an award-winning full-service brand communications agency based in the Bay Of Plenty their client list includes many of new Zealand’s most innovative companies, like Certified Builders, Port of Tauranga, Gallagher, Tasti Foods and Zespri.

Glenn also is a Director of the charity Legacy Funerals, Chairs Marketing Professionals Bay of Plenty and is the former Chair of the Tauranga Arts Festival Trust and Escape Readers & Writers Festival.


Sarah Thorner Crossley

Sarah has over 10 years' legal experience, specialising in Media, Intellectual Property and Corporate/Commercial Law.

Sarah has recently returned from seven years in London where she worked as senior legal counsel at FremantleMedia, a global production company known for shows such as the X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol. She has over 10 years' legal experience, specialising in Media, Intellectual Property and Corporate/Commercial Law. Her legal background and involvement in global media deals brings a unique perspective to the Board. She is passionate about film and television and is looking forward to supporting the local industry and community through her role on the Board.

Our Crew

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Elysia Gibb

Film Bay of Plenty Production 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

Film Bay of Plenty 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 over 15+ years in the film industry and has worked on national and international television productions, including Hercules, Xena, Street Legal and Shortland Street.


Tracy Hampton

Film Bay of Plenty Accountant

Producer, Tracy Hampton has extensive experience on film and TV industry. Founder of Halo Productions.Tracy Modelled internationally then found her passion behind the scenes, including 12 years Casting Directing prior to her career Producing on location throughout NZ and Australia. Now a local to the Bay of Plenty Tracy utilises her accounting side of her brain reporting to the board as treasurer and accounts manager for Film Bay of Plenty.

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