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Meet the Team

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Megan Peacock Coyle

Kaiwhakahaere Matua, Ngā Toi me te Ahurea
Manager, Arts & Culture

Megan oversees all of Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre, its strategic direction and its team. She also keeps a close eye on programming.

+64 27 211 5618

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 Coltan Wright

Kaiwhakahaere Pakihi, Ngā Toi me te Ahurea
Business Manager, Arts & Culture

Coltan looks after all Toitoi’s functions, events and conferences which sit outside of the entertainment programme. If you need to hire a space for your next event, Coltan’s your man.

+64 27 203 4823

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Glen Pickering

Kaiwhakahaere Ratonga Whakaari
Presenter Services Manager

Glen takes care of Toitoi’s arts, culture, and entertainment programme, ensuring you see the best and brightest on Toitoi’s stages. If you’re a promoter or producer with something amazing for Toitoi, contact Glen.

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Dane Fletcher

Kaiwhakahaere Hangarau
Technical Manager

Master of back of house and manager of our epic team of techs, Dane is the ultimate Mr Fix-It. He’ll make sure we have the equipment and team on hand to execute your vision for your Toitoi event.

+64 27 599 9562

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Shane Cross

Pou Hangarau Matua
Lead Technician

Shane is Dane’s nerdy sidekick – the Robin to Dane’s Batman, if you will. He’s actually the backbone of the technical team and will be your main point of contact for your technical needs once your contract has been signed.

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Leni Donnelly

Kaiwhakahaere Mahi, Ngā Toi me te Ahurea
Operations Manager - Arts & Culture

Leni is our resident operations manager and head kaitiaki of our beautiful heritage buildings. She ensures Toitoi's bars are well-stocked, rooms are set correctly and that our physical spaces are in perfect condition.

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Lara Paaymans

Kaiwhakahaere Huihuinga
Event Manager

Once you’ve got a date and a contract locked in, Lara is the magic that makes your event happen. She pulls together all the details, ensuring you have everything (and everyone) you need. She's also our dedicated weddings event manager, ensuring every detail for your big day is perfect. Not surprisingly, she loves a list!

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Chelsea Yardley

Kairuruku Huihuinga
Events Co-ordinator

Chelsea works alongside Lara to ensure your events run smoothly. She's a vibrant, energetic, event-organising machine. She'll ensure no detail goes missed - whatever you need, Chelsea's already thought of it and got it covered.

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Sarah Terry

Kaiwhakaputa mō ngā hua ā-Hapori
Producer - Community Outreach

Sarah is behind many of our free community and schools events. She creates our rangatahi development programmes and harnesses Toitoi's expertise to help our rangatahi, schools and community groups reach their performing arts dreams!

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Ebony Holt

Pou Auaha Matua, Ngā Toi me te Ahurea
Senior Creative, Arts & Culture

If Ebony worked at an agency, she would be like your favourite graphic designer, art director and stylist, all rolled into one talented wahine. She keeps a discerning eye on all things Toitoi design and directs our creative photo and video shoots.

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Sarah Asquith

Āpiha Tautoko Pakihi
Business Support Officer

Sarah is our office angel - making sure we have all the stationery and equipment we need and that we're saving our documents in the right place. She keeps us in order with her quiet, but firm, ways and her cheeky sense of humour. She also moonlights as a Toitoi Front of House Manager!

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Ian 'Gos' Gosling

Kaitiaki Whare

Gos is one of Toitoi's safest pairs of hands, embodying manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga in all he does. Gos takes care of our day-to-day maintenance, making sure all your seats are lined up perfectly and that our facilities are clean and welcoming at all times.

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Charlie Mavin


Charlie started with us as a Gateway student, learning how to be a tech while still at high school. Since then he's grown in his role and now works for us fulltime. While Charlie will tell you he's most comfortable backstage, we've seen him shine on stage at Toitoi, too!

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Cosmo Calman


Cosmo is one of our talented technical all-rounders - you're just as likely to find him packing in gear, as you are setting a room or behind a sound or lighting desk. Cosmo also writes and directs short films in his spare time.

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Aileen Robertson


Aileen is a gentle force within our technical team. She keeps everyone on track with her diligent work ethic - whether she's setting up or stage managing events. Whatever tech your event needs, Aileen is all over it.

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