Congratulations to Gisella!!

Posted Tuesday 09 Feb 2016

The World of WearableArt has appointed a new chief executive, Former Film New Zealand chief executive and WIFT member Gisella Carr.

Carr was previously chief executive of Film New Zealand and has a long association with the creative industries.

She has worked with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Students Arts Council, national funding agency Creative New Zealand and as director of funds development at Te Papa museum.

She also created the Arts Laureate Awards for the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and taught management and cultural policy at both Auckland and Victoria Universities.

WOW was founded by Dame Suzie Moncrieff in Nelson 28 years ago and it has grown into a sell-out fixture attracting international audiences of more than 55,000 in Wellington.

WOW chairman Brian Rhoades said the company had "ambitious" plans that were expected to flourish under its new management, and her appointment reflected the company's international aspirations.

"Gisella brings a wealth of experience and talent that will allow us to put these plans into action."

The position at the helm of the WOW festival was vacant after its general manager Tim Launder's death after a short battle with skin cancer at the end of last year.

Carr will be joining the company at the beginning of next month.


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Go the Goodie Bags...

Posted Tuesday 09 Feb 2016

YES! When you attend this year's WIFT awards you will be presented with a wonderful goodie bag containing gifts, vouchers and special WIFT member-only treats from our generous sponsors...

In alphabetical order (sorry Whittaker's - I know what it feels like!) - they are:

MINDFOOD: MINDFOOD is all about smart thinking, curating a range of content across integrated platforms for their readers to enjoy. They believe in supporting local talent in New Zealand and around the world, and are proud to join WIFT in celebrating New Zealand women. For the latest in smart thinking content, join the MINDFOOD network today at

MISCHIEF SHOES: Mischief Shoes introduces their A/W 16 Collection for women and men. Mischief offers a relaxed sense of style and service to your busy lives, whatever the occasion. Proudly supporting WIFT from the ground up, you can shop or window shop online at or visit them in Newmarket, Milford or Lambton Quay. Don't miss out using their generous voucher exclusive to WIFT members!

RESENE: Resene celebrates its 70th birthday this year, with very humble kiwi beginnings in a small garage in Wellington with just one product in one colour to now selling all the quality paints you need in whatever colour you like! They're delighted to support WIFT and celebrate local talent, and as you know they provide discounts to WIFT members! Refresh your knowledge of RESENE today at

REVLON: Revlon is delighted to support WIFT and celebrate local talent. Choose Revlon� Choose Love. See what's new and on trend in colour cosmetics at

SEQUA DRINKS: Sequa Relax is the latest Kiwi innovation in functional beverages. An all natural relaxation drink, that helps the drinker #pushpause and re-hydrate, as well as delivering important minerals for optimum function. They are proud to support New Zealand Women in Film and Television, celebrate your skills and talent, and provide you with a healthy way to unwind.

WHITTAKER'S: Whittaker's is passionate about crafting world class chocolate from Porirua. Congratulations to WIFT's local, world class talent. They hope this delicious treat helps you celebrate that little bit more. Keep your eye on what they're up to on their Facebook Page:

These great people all support you, so let's support them in return!

Jump to it now and book your tickets to the fabulous 2016 WIFT Awards