Anusha Bhana

Anusha is a freelance communication and public relations specialist based in Whitianga. Originally from Auckland, she has a background in the arts and not-for-profit sector, and completed her Bachelor and Postgraduate degrees in Communication at Unitec Institute of Technology. 


She recently joined the Creative Mercury Bay team as a communications consultant for the implementation of the successful Bubble Bites online series, and has since taken on the role of Trustee on the CMB Board. 


Anusha is a firm believer in the arts as a catalyst for enhancing individual and community wellbeing, and bringing about positive social change.

Emma Mudgway

Emma Mudgway is a visual artist and arts advocate, based in Cooks Beach. She works for THINK Coromandel Gig Guide, a small team of local creatives focused on supporting artists and audiences to engage with the arts, through hosting and promoting events and a free monthly fold out publication.


Emma also facilitates creative projects within her community, including working with young people with learning disabilities, and occasionally finds time to make a drawing or two!

Jan Wright

A founding trustee of Creative Mercury Bay, Jan is passionate about the arts generally and music specifically, and the critical role that participation in the arts plays in creating wellbeing of people and communities.  It is this certainty of the essential nature of creativity in life that drives Jan’s volunteer involvement in several arts organisations in the District, including Creative Mercury Bay. 


Jan graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2012 with a MA Arts Management degree, and her own arts practice is largely singing with a local community choir. 



Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes is an award winning sound engineer and music producer with 25 years experience recording a wide variety of music. As a member of Stylus, 29 Blackbirds and Static Era, Dave has toured Aotearoa extensively and released multiple studio albums. 


Dave is particularly interested in facilitating live music events and has recently moved back to his hometown of Whitianga to set up a professional boutique recording studio, while still traveling regularly around the country to record bands in top studios. 

Kerryn Wakelin

Kerryn is a freelance project coordinator and administrator. She has worked for Ticketek in events in the past and was most recently involved in helping to organise the Tuia 250 celebrations in Mercury Bay. Although she participated in youth theatre in Pukekohe many years ago, her involvement in the arts is now fulfilled through her organisational skill set and administration expertise.