Written on January 21 2015
As you are all aware, our current NextGen Representative Daniel Pepperell's two year tenure will conclude in March 2015 at the AGM in Christchurch.
Last October we asked for nominations for this position and a large number of candidates were nominated by our society members which is most encouraging as it is a great testament that our Youth Initiative is gaining momentum which is fantastic news for our theatre communities looking into the future.
The calibre of the applicants was also very high which made our job difficult and I would like to thank those societies and candidates for taking the time to apply and work through the nomination process.
There were a panel of three Executive members including Daniel Pepperell our current NextGen Representative who made the final recommendation to the MTNZ Executive with a unanimous decision - Gwen Lyon nominated by Hamilton Operatic Society.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the entire membership, especially the MTNZ Executive, to thank Daniel Pepperell for his huge contribution. Dan came into the role which was newly created after a "think tank" session in Napier in 2012 with Gary Gumbleton, who has also contributed much to our Youth Initiative, with great drive and vision and we thank Dan for his work and "leading the charge" with our NextGenners and society members - so Dan, thank you so much.
Gwen will be coming to conference in Christchurch, and is looking forward to meeting many of you then.
President - MTNZ
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