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2020 Governance Board election results

NZCF Governance Board 2020 Results

We are delighted to announce the election of Megan Hurnard and Pete Rainey, and the re-election of David Squire, to the NZCF Governance Board.

Juliet Dreaver will continue to chair the Board, Warwick Harvey has stepped into the position of Vice-Chair, and Michael Littlewood, Toby Gee, and Robert Wiremu continue as fellow Board members. 

We are hugely grateful to outgoing members, Shona McIntyre-Bull and Rosemary Turnbull, for their 6-year service on the Board. Shona was a staff member in the early years of NZCF and, as a Board member, held The Kids Sing portfolio. Rosemary has been involved with TBS choirs and as an advisor, and served on The Big Sing National Committee. Their contribution has been invaluable.


New Governance Board members’ biographies


Megan Hurnard

I started choral singing when I was 7 years old.  Little did I know that this was the start of a life-long passion. Over the last 35 years I’ve sung with many of the different types of choirs New Zealand has to offer; school choirs, local choirs, small ensembles and the National Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand.

Behind the scenes, I spent 15 years stage managing the Wellington Big Sing regional festival (and some Finales) and was also on the local organising committee. It was a pleasure to see how conductors, choirs and individual singers developed and improved over the years thanks to this pivotal event. From 2001-2019 I was a member of The Tudor Consort executive committee– first as Treasurer and then as Chair – which included tour managing two international trips for the choir.

In my professional life I am the Director of Customer Knowledge for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and have previously had roles which have given me strong experience in strategy, performance evaluation, business management and creating new customer products and experiences.

I believe that with this mix of skills and experience, along with my passion for choral singing, I could make a strong contribution to the NZCF Board. I know what an important role choral singing can play in youth development, social and community connection, and people’s well-being, and am standing for election so that I might give back to an art form that has been such an important part of my life.


Pete Rainey MNZM

Pete grew up in Nelson where he was a member of the Nelson Cathedral Choir, Polyhymnos, and the Nelson Civic Choir. He graduated B.Mus. from Canterbury University, trained as a secondary school teacher, and held HOD Music roles at Hornby High School and Nelson College for Girls.

He was a member of the National Youth Choir and the National Youth Orchestra and continues to be involved in music in Nelson, until recently as conductor of the Nelson Civic Choir and Chroma Chamber Choir. Other choirs Pete has conducted include Polyhymnos Chamber Choir, Nelson College for Girls Senior Choir, The Addington Railway Workshops Male Voice Choir, The Christ’s College Chapel Choir, The Christchurch Youth Choir and the Nelson Male Voice Choir.

Pete is the founding Musical Director of the National Male Choir, which he conducted on a tour of Wales in 2000. He continues to play viola and violin, with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and NCMA Chamber orchestra. Pete has been the artistic director of Opera in the Park in Nelson since 1999.

He is an event producer, and his company Rockquest Promotions Ltd has been producing music events, including the Smokefreerockquest Secondary Music Competition nationally for over 30 years.

Pete has extensive governance experience, currently being a fourth-term Nelson City Councillor, as well as holding board positions with local arts organisations including the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (formerly Nelson School of Music). He was awarded the MNZM for services to music in 2013.