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New Head of Music to lead NZ On Air's music strategy

Story Published Tuesday 10 May 2022
Teresa Patterson will take David Ridler's position as Head of Music at NZ On Air in June

Irirangi te Motu | NZ On Air is very pleased to announce the appointment of respected long-time music industry executive Teresa Patterson as the new Head of Music.

Ms Patterson has worked in the NZ music and arts industry for more than 25 years in a wide variety of roles across major music labels, artist management, major music festival management, marketing and PR, mentorship, head of the Music Managers Forum Aotearoa, and most recently as Partnerships Manager at the NZ Comedy Trust/NZ Int Comedy Festival

She has been closely involved with the establishment of SoundCheck Aotearoa, is a board member of MusicHelps, and is a past member of the NZ Music Commission Board.

NZ On Air Chief Executive Cameron Harland says the agency is delighted to have attracted a leader of Teresa’s calibre to the role.

“We’ve been so fortunate to have outstanding service from our previous Head of Music so they are big shoes to fill however Teresa brings exceptional experience and industry knowledge to a very strong team. We know she is full of passion for our music mahi and has great ideas to continue to grow the success of local music in challenging times,” said Mr Harland.

Ms Patterson says, “I am excited to be joining the NZ On air whānau and the amazing Music team as the new Head of Music, and am proud to be the first Polynesian female in the role. Having dealt with NZ On Air my entire music career but especially as an Artist Manager, I am looking forward to adding my depth of industry experience to the team.

Teresa takes up the position held by David Ridler for the past six years in June.