Taranaki City Info

Your Taranaki City Manager is Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett


I've been in Taranaki for almost 3 years now and I loved watching the entries from the region. I was lucky enough to be Tropfest NZ 2017 runner-up and now that the event no longer exists, the time is right to get stuck into the HP48Hours.

I spent around 20 years in London, ran my own short film night event from 2001-2003 and I took part in a few 48-hour competitions and hosted the Manchester region in 2003.

For those who are wondering....yes, this is my real name and I don't sing :) (but I still smile when asked)

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Call Tony - 020 4109 2488


Tony Bennett - Your Taranaki City Manager

Karlos Drinkwater - Karlos is a successful TV and film actor has appeared in Shortland Street, Spartacus, The Devils Rock and was also a judge for Tropfest NZ 2017. 

Steph Matuku is an award-winning Taranaki writer of stories for young people, for film, theatre and literature. She spent 15 years writing radio advertising and she won a place on the Māori Literature Trust’s writing incubator programme “He Papa Tupu”.

Shaun Biesek is a long-standing New Plymouth District Councillor of over ten years, a passionate supporter of local artists and a strong advocate of local community projects in the region.

Stacey Hitchcock is a New Plymouth District Councillor. Stacey has always been closely involved with youth development and the creative arts in her leadership and governance roles.

Valentine Fernandes is a Taranaki actress and model, crowned Miss Taranaki 2016 and Miss IndiaNZ 2017. Valentine has starred in Bollywood music videos.