The Dunedin Midwinter Carnival is produced and presented by a charitable trust called Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations. Established in 2003 the Trust works to support seasonal celebrations of relevance to our local community and environment.

The Trust has a strong focus on supporting the arts and the work of our talented arts community. Each year the Trust brings together a team to produce the Midwinter Carnival and other events. To carry out this work, the Trust relies on the generosity of our funders and sponsors as well as donations from the public.




Paul Smith, Chairperson

Paul has worked in the arts and event management for many years. Paul is currently director of Artsenta, an art studio for people in the mental health community.

Scott Muir, Deputy Chair

Scott is a stalwart of the Dunedin music scene and was a long time manager of Refuel bar on campus. He is manager of the Chills and a founding member of both the Vogel Street Party and the Dunedin Street Art Trust.

Jaime Nee, Treasurer

Jaime is a graduate of the University of Otago accountancy programme and currently works for a local auditing firm.

Leisa de Klerk, Secretary

Leisa is manager of Volunteer South and was previously employed by the Red Cross working in refugee resettlement.

Aashima Yadav

Aashima is a Marketing Coordinator at Otago Polytechnic and a recent graduate of the University of Otago. She has previously worked in public relations and communications roles in India.

Luke Calder

Luke is a visual artist and designer. He has recently been lead designer at the University of Otago’s in-house marketing department.