Te Moana-a-Toi / Bay of Plenty

City Managers

Your Bay of Plenty City Managers are Sash (Nixon) Rinaldi and Mary Rinaldi.

Sash (Nixon) Rinaldi


Sasha Rinaldi graduated in Screen and Media at the University of Waikato and has been a Waikato actor and filmmaker ever since. 

In 2003 George Lucas honoured his fan film "Star Wars Hunter" with a golden droid statue at San Diego Comic Con.

After years honing his filmmaking and acting craft in the 48 hours, he won Tropfest NZ with "The Anniversary" in 2017, along with the Te Tohu Awahatanga cultural award for creative achievement as a Māori filmmaker.

He is currently writing Aotearoa's answer to Indiana Jones, an indigenous adventure set in the late 1800s.

Mary Rinaldi


Mary Rinaldi is an award-winning actor, voice artist and film-maker. She has many short films under her belt, including being involved in several 48Hour films over the years and taking out 5 awards in the Hamilton City finals in 2017 for her debut solo-directed film.

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Call Sash - 021 309 733