Dolina Wehipeihana

General Manager, Kia Mau Festival (NZ)

Dolina (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa) is a producer, arts manager, choreographer, and performer. Dolina is currently General Manager of Kia Mau Festival, Kaiārahi Māori at PANNZ (Performing Arts Network New Zealand), and Chair of Atamira Dance Collective Charitable Trust. She is also a co-director and producer for Betsy & Mana Productions, and an advocate for contemporary Indigenous theatre and dance.

Betsy & Mana Productions has produced for artists White Face Crew, co-produced the national tour of Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen’s The Mooncake and the Kumara and Kirk Torrance’s Flintlock Musket. She has toured New Zealand work to Australia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and Edinburgh. 

Previously the Head of Programming for Auckland Arts Festival, Dolina currently sits on Te Rōpu Mana Toi – the advisory group to the Advocacy team at Creative New Zealand. She is also a member of the Māori arts leadership collective The Grateful 8, the tri-nations curatorial advisory group, and oversees the Producing Programme delivered by Ngā Hua Toi.

Dolina was awarded the 2021 Te Waka Toi award Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi | Making a Difference Award, which recognises leadership and outstanding contribution to the development of new directions in ngā toi Māori.