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The New Zealand Film Commission is governed by an eight-member board appointed by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Members represent the film industry and the wider business and arts community. The Board meets every two months to set policy and budgets, monitor progress and consider applications for feature film financing.

  • Kerry Prendergast


    Kerry Prendergast is the former Mayor of Wellington and former Vice-President of Local Government New Zealand and holds an MBA from Victoria University.

    Kerry is currently Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority, Tourism New Zealand, and New Zealand Film Commission. 

    She is a Director of Oceania Healthcare, Compass Health PHO, NZ Conservation Authority and NZ China Council, and a Trustee of the New Zealand Community Trust, National Army Museum, the Wellington Free Ambulance Board and the Victoria Foundation.  Kerry is also a Board member of the Phoenix Football Club and the NZ-US Council Advisory Board. 

    Kerry was awarded a CNZM in 2011 for her services to local government, and is a distinguished Alumni of Victoria University.  In July 2016 Kerry was also awarded a Lifetime Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government.

  • Ian Taylor

    Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu
    Ian is an award winning writer, producer and director whose career in television spans more than 35 years . He established his own production company, Taylormade Productions in 1989.

    He was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010 he was named North & South magazine’s New Zealander of the Year. In the same year he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society, the top honour of the ICT sector in New Zealand. He was named a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to television and business and won the Creative sector of the World Class New Zealander Awards in the same year.

    In 2013 Ian was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year. Also in 2013, Animation Research Ltd, the technology company Ian founded in 1989, received the first ever Life Time Achievement Award at the NZ Hi Tech Awards for its contribution to the Hi Tech industry. In the same year they won an Emmy for their America’s Cup Mobile App.

    Ian was a keynote speaker at the IBM InterConnect 2015 Conference in Las Vegas where he addressed 22,000 delegates on the power of The Internet of Things.

  • Jane Hastings

    Jane Hastings is Chief Executive Officer for Event Hospitality and Entertainment, based in Sydney. Previously she has been Chief Executive Officer of NZME and General Manager Group Sales, Marketing and Cinemas at SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited. She also spent over eight years in executive roles in Asia, including Managing Director at Tequila Asia, Managing Director at Draftworldwide Japan, Regional Director of Customer Relationship Management at Wunderman Cato Johnson Singapore and Director of Communications at ICLP in Hong Kong. Before heading to Asia to consult to Cathay Pacific, Jane held senior marketing roles at Air New Zealand.

  • John McCay

    John is a commercial lawyer and a partner at the law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.  John’s experience in the screen sector includes having acted for the New Zealand Film Commission for more than 15 years.  He has served as chair of Film New Zealand and is a former board member of the New Zealand Festival and the New Zealand Film and Television School.  John is currently a trustee of the Wellington Arts Foundation and Limbs4All Trust.

  • Pania Tyson-Nathan

    Iwi: Rongomaiwahine
    Pania Tyson-Nathan is the CEO of New Zealand Māori Tourism, a national organisation based in Wellington.  As a previous business owner, she also has expertise in local and central government. Pania brings to the Board an extensive trade and investment network with a particular focus on China. She is currently a Director on Kahungunu Asset Holding company and the Maori Economic Development Advisory Board. 

    Before taking on her Māori Tourism role, she owned and successfully operated several hospitality and retail businesses, giving her hands on knowledge of the importance of tourism for Māori economic growth and a full understanding of the workings of local and central government.

  • Tom Greally

    Tom is currently the CEO of Garage Project, a leading craft brewery based in Wellington. Prior to 2015 he spent ten years as chair of Park Road Post Productions and was also General Manager of visual effects studio Weta Digital Limited.

    His earlier career included 22 years (12 years as a Partner) with KPMG consulting in London, New Zealand and Australia.

  • Brett O’Riley

    Brett O’Riley has recently completed a term as Chief Executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

    He has been involved in the development of the digital and hi-tech economy in New Zealand over the past decade in senior roles in the public sector. This follows 20 years of private sector work in the ICT sector around the world, particularly involved in fibre optic infrastructure development.

    Brett has a life long passion, inspired by his family, for film and television, including working in the latter early in his career as a commentator and actor. Brett is also passionate about transforming the education system, and the development of technology career and tertiary pathways for young New Zealanders. A keen player of lawn bowls, Brett contributes to the sport as both a player and administrator.

  • Paula Jalfon

    Iwi: Ngāi Tahu
    Paula Jalfon has worked in the film industry for 24 years both in New Zealand and the UK.  She has extensive experience as a producer and executive producer in international development, production, financing, sales, festivals and distribution on independent and studio films.  Credits include In the Loop, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen among others.

    Her roles have included Senior Vice President, Production & Executive Producer for London-based Shine Pictures Ltd and Executive Producer and Commercial Manager for BBC Films. Paula worked at the British Film Institute for ten years, producing leading British filmmakers before setting up her own production company with a first look deal from The Independent Film Channel (USA). 

    Currently based in Queenstown, she is a Trustee of Film Otago Southland.

Last updated: 
Friday, 8 September 2017

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