About the Director, Sarah L. Smith:
Based in New York City New Zealand born Sarah Smith has over fifteen years experience working in government, advancement for secondary-tertiary education and the nonprofit space. Since 2011 her NY based company has produced several public projects including the first New Zealand retail/art pop-up shop in New York City (2015), events for New Zealand art exhibitions, film launches and youth fundraisers, official ceremonies, conferences, events and symposia at the United Nations, CUNY Graduate Center and the Smithsonian Institution's New York and DC locations. Partnerships with a number of private sector companies and institutions have lead to the expansion of New Zealand educational programs with the likes of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution and the Sundance Institute.
Earlier projects include Ministerial and official dignitary visits to New York, project-management of New Zealand events including a series of promotional activities for the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in conjunction with the NZ2011 office, the New Zealand Embassy, Saatchi & Saatchi, AUT University, Play Rugby USA, and USA Rugby.
Sarah is one of the original organizers for the Matariki Festival NY facilitating annual programming on a volunteer basis since 2008.
Sarah is of Māori heritage with ancestry to Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Rehia, Ngā Puhi and Te Aupōuri. Currently writing a Master's thesis on Māori Development she has a double major degree in Political Science and Women's Studies graduating with honors from CUNY's Hunter College, a first for her tribe. She grew up in South Auckland and represented New Zealand's national karate team competing at the Women's World Cup in Fukuoka and medalling at the Oceania Championships in 1993-1994. She lives between New York City and New Zealand while raising three young children.
About the background image: the Southern Cross appearing above Times Square - a modified version of the original kindly provided by Planet Three Sixty