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.
Sharon is Senior Communications Advisor for Silver Fern Farms and has previously worked in publicity, communications and marketing roles for Enterprise Dunedin and Tourism Dunedin.
Luke is a visual artist and designer. He has recently been lead designer at the University of Otago’s in-house marketing department.
Sophie is a City Councillor and until recently was marketing manager for the Otago Peninsula Trust.