Meet the Hawkins Theatre team


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Facility Manager: Peter Hunt

Peter joined Hawkins Theatre in December 2009. Prior to emigrating to New Zealand Peter has had quite a varied work history from service on UK Ministry of Defence vessels around the world to a variety of theatres, record labels, forestry companies and a County Showground. Peter holds a B.A. Honours degree in Music Industry Management from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. He resides in the nearby village of Hunua and is a volunteer firefighter for the local brigade.

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Theatre Coordinator: Loree-Anne Smith

Loree-Anne comes from a Hospitality background but has always had a passion for Events. As well as working in numerous bars and restaurants she also worked for Auckland Libraries as an administrator. She loves meeting new people and when Loree-Anne's not working she loves to have dance parties in the lounge (or anywhere) with her 5 year old son. Loree-Anne has been part of the Hawkins Family since the beginning of 2016 and has so far loved every minute!

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Duty Manager: April Head

April began working at the Hawkins Theatre in January 2014, after taking a couple years away from the work force to raise two boisterous but adorable boys.  Prior to children April worked as a travel consultant, but had always wanted to do something in the Arts after growing up performing at the Hawkins Theatre for both dance and theatre.

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Hawkins Youth Theatre Coordinator: Zach Mecer

Zach first enjoyed working with Hawkins Theatre in 2019 as a co-director for the youth productions, coming from a rich background in arts and entertainment as an actor, producer, and voice-over artist. He now uses this experience to keep the youth program filled with innovative, fun, and engaging content for all involved, in keeping with the wider industry wherever possible.
Alongside Hawkins, he keeps himself busy with the Auckland Fringe Festival, arts brokership and advocacy group, Taurima Vibes ltd, and his film company, Zine Film Collective. He holds a BA in Drama and Screen Production, is represented by the Robert Bruce Agency, and is a proud member of Actors Equity NZ.