Te Matatini has appointed a new Executive Director.
Carl Ross, long standing member of Te Waka Huia Kapa Haka, was appointed on Monday night.
In a press release, Mr Ross is said to be excited to take up a role which marries his extensive experience in strategic management and his love for the performing arts.
“Carl is passionate about Kapa Haka, te Reo and tikanga Māori which are the warp and weft of the rich cultural tapestry of what it means to be Māori.
“He is committed to working with the National Board and key stakeholders to help guide and strengthen responsiveness to cultural diversity and the preservation and promotion of its proud legacy, nurtured through time and place, whakapapa and iwi.”
Ross replaces Darrin Apanui, who took on the role in 2009.
During his time, Mr Apanui led projects that increased the global presence of kapa haka with leading teams taking part in major events in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
Mr Apanui resigned suddenly in December 2015 opening the door to applicants.
His successor has extensive senior management experience including positions in Wellington as General Manager NZQA, National Manager for the Ministry of Fisheries and more recently as a senior manager responsible for Māori Development at Kelston Deaf Education Centre in West Auckland.
Selwyn Parata, chair for Te Matatini, says the organisation looks forward to Mr Ross’ visionary leadership and guidance as they prepare for the Te Matatini Festival 2017, and as they plan strategically for the next ten years of kapa haka growth and development.
Ross takes up his new role on May 30.