Director of Tautai
With extensive experience in building partnerships and stakeholder relationships across the cultural, public, and commercial sectors both locally and internationally, Courtney Sina Meredith brings a diverse and valuable skill set to Tautai. Courtney holds a degree in English and Political Studies from the University of Auckland, where she also studied Law and co-edited Spectrum 5 (Penguin).
Before her appointment as Director of Tautai, Courtney was the Partnerships Manager at the Manukau Institute of Technology, developing and delivering on the implementation of commercial and community opportunities across the Faculty of Creative Arts. She was a Contributing Editor for Paperboy, with a key focus on the stories of Maori and Pasifika artists, and spent five years in local government in Auckland Councilâ€™s Arts and Culture and Festival and Community Events teams.
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Following a move to London in 2013, Courtney ventured into commercial partnerships management. She has lectured in World and Pasifika literature, held writing workshops all over the world, and was invited to the House of Lords by the BBC to discuss Britainâ€™s cultural future. Courtney is also the author of three books and she has been selected for many international writersâ€™ residencies including the prestigious Fall Residency at the University of Iowa where she is an Honorary Fellow in Writing.