Courageous Conversation Aotearoa Foundation
Our Mission

Courageous Conversation Aotearoa Foundation

Our mission is to elevate racial consciousness through interracial dialogue.

Grounded in Te Tiriti, we offer a protocol for healthy and productive conversations about race and racism, deepening our collective understanding of racial equity.

The Foundation assists and supports communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to pursue authentic treaty-based relationships, racial healing and social justice.

What Others Are Saying

“As a wahine Maori, being a part of the ROAR whanau gave me experiences with race validation in ways that I had never known before. It helped to broaden my capacity to think outside of myself and my own ethnic group.”

— Jordan, ROAR Fellow

“By working together with other amazing wāhine toa in our group Rangatahi Organised Against Racism, I was able to grow more confident in myself and become more conscious of how race plays out within my life. It’s also good to be surrounded by so many fantastic women as we find ourselves in this ever changing world.”

— Gia, ROAR Fellow

 

What Others Are Saying

Our Leadership Team

Sarah Smith

Executive Director

A recent returnee to Aotearoa, Sarah Smith spent over 20 years in New York City working in government relations, advancement for secondary-tertiary institutions and producing philanthropic events and initiatives across the United States. Sarah helped to establish and fundraise for the first New Zealand University internship programme in the U.S., including brokering opportunities specifically for students from marginalised communities to work at the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Sundance Institute.

Working with entities such as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the New Zealand Olympic Committee, AUT University, the United Nations and the New Zealand government (MFAT/NZTE), Sarah’s experience spans event production, coordinating trade and political visits, campaigning, fundraising and advocacy for social justice and language revitalisation initiatives.

Sarah is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Rehia, Ngā Puhi and Te Aupōuri ancestry. The youngest of four children raised in South Auckland, she was the first in her whānau to obtain a Political Science and Women’s Studies degree with honours from CUNY’s Hunter College. A former New Zealand karate team representative, she is now married and a mother of three.

Sarah Smith
Ripeka Evans

Ripeka Evans

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Ripeka Evans is a director of Crown and tribal companies and a Māori Development consultant. Her tribal affiliations are Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahu and Te Aupouri. She is Chair of NorthTec and Deputy Chair of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Ripeka is also Deputy Chair of the Ngāpuhi Investment Fund – Tupu Tonu – a fund established to grow assets for tribal settlement offer. She is a member of the Te Ao Māori Strategy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and Chair of Te Aupouri ki Poneke, a whakapapa – ancestral connection – trust.

Ripeka holds a Master of Business Administration from Massey University.

Ripeka is a life member of Ngā Tamatoa a Māori organisation established in 1971 to reclaim and assert te tiriti – Treaty of Waitangi civil, political and human rights, social justice and equity.

Ripeka began her career with the Māori Economic Development Commission and then Television New Zealand. She has held Chief Executive roles with Te Māngai Paho, Toi Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency as well as director and trustee roles with Te Aupōuri Fisheries Limited and Te Rūnanganui o Te Aupōuri.

Chelsea Winstanley

Trustee

Chelsea Winstanley is an Oscar® nominated producer, an award-winning filmmaker and has been a producer, writer and director for more than 15years.

As a p.g.a. producer on Taika Waititi’s Academy nominated feature JOJO RABBIT, Chelsea became the first indigenous female Oscar® nominee for Best Picture.

In 2019 she joined NIGHT RAIDERS as a producer on the first Canadian / NZ Indigenous Co-Production written and directed by Creē first nations filmmaker Danis Goulet.

In 2019 Ava Duvernay and Array Now distributed critically-acclaimed documentary feature, MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, which played at the 2019 Sundance and Berlin film festivals and is now on NETFLIX worldwide.

In 2014, she produced the hit mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Waititi and Jemaine Clement – now a TV show for FX. And early in her career, she produced several award winning short films two of which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

As a director she began making documentaries winning a Media Peace award with her graduating film WHAKANGAHAU. She went on to direct several short documentaries and television series for local broadcasters. She was one of nine women who made the anthology feature WARU which won the LAAPFF best film award in 2018. Her short film FORGIVE ME screened at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in October 2019 and had it’s NZ premiere at the NZIFF in July 2020.

Chelsea has several projects on her slate in various stages of development as a director and producer. KAPŌ with writer director Etienne Auralis THIEF OF SLEEP starring Mojean Aria. As a director she is currently in post with the Documentary Toi Tū Toi Ora Visual Sovereignty and developing the dramatic feature THE APPEAL.

Chelsea graduated from AUT in 2003 with a Bachelor of communications and completed the EAVE Producers course in Europe in 2011. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Auckland University of Technology. She moved back to Aotearoa New Zealand from Los Angeles in 2020 with her family.

Chelsea is from the indigenous tribes Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi of Aotearoa New Zealand through her mother and Pākehā through her father.

Chelsea Winstanley
Glenn Singleton

Glenn Singleton

Trustee

Glenn Eric Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. He is the author of Courageous Conversations About Race books (© 2006, © 2012, © 2016), creator of a protocol for sustained, deep interracial dialogue, and facilitator of Beyond Diversity™, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to effectively talk about race and address racial disparities. As Founder and President of Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), Singleton has created an agency that has developed racially conscious leaders in a variety of sectors: education, government, business, law enforcement, and community organizing among them. The work has been transformative and far- reaching. In September 2015, The United States Embassy selected PEG to guide law enforcement leaders throughout Western Australia. In March 2016, Singleton launched the first Institute for Courageous Conversation – in Auckland, New Zealand. Singleton’s passion for equity flows to and through his civic life as well. He is the founder of the Foundation for a College Education of East Palo Alto, California, an agency responsible for the collegiate admission and graduation of hundreds of students. In 2017, he founded the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation and serves as chairperson of its board of directors. Accolades for his work include The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community Service Award in 2015 and The Eugene T. Carothers Human Relations Award in 2003. Singleton earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. from Stanford University. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Our Leadership Team

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Executive Director

A recent returnee to Aotearoa, Sarah Smith spent over 20 years in New York City working in government relations, advancement for secondary-tertiary institutions and producing philanthropic events and initiatives across the United States. Sarah helped to establish and fundraise for the first New Zealand University internship programme in the U.S., including brokering opportunities specifically for students from marginalised communities to work at the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Sundance Institute.

Working with entities such as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the New Zealand Olympic Committee, AUT University, the United Nations and the New Zealand government (MFAT/NZTE), Sarah’s experience spans event production, coordinating trade and political visits, campaigning, fundraising and advocacy for social justice and language revitalisation initiatives.

Sarah is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Rehia, Ngā Puhi and Te Aupōuri ancestry. The youngest of four children raised in South Auckland, she was the first in her whānau to obtain a Political Science and Women’s Studies degree with honours from CUNY’s Hunter College. A former New Zealand karate team representative, she is now married and a mother of three.

Ripeka Evans

Ripeka Evans

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Ripeka Evans is a director of Crown and tribal companies and a Māori Development consultant. Her tribal affiliations are Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahu and Te Aupouri. She is Chair of NorthTec and Deputy Chair of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Ripeka is also Deputy Chair of the Ngāpuhi Investment Fund – Tupu Tonu – a fund established to grow assets for tribal settlement offer. She is a member of the Te Ao Māori Strategy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and Chair of Te Aupouri ki Poneke, a whakapapa – ancestral connection – trust.

Ripeka holds a Master of Business Administration from Massey University.

Ripeka is a life member of Ngā Tamatoa a Māori organisation established in 1971 to reclaim and assert te tiriti – Treaty of Waitangi civil, political and human rights, social justice and equity.

Ripeka began her career with the Māori Economic Development Commission and then Television New Zealand. She has held Chief Executive roles with Te Māngai Paho, Toi Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency as well as director and trustee roles with Te Aupōuri Fisheries Limited and Te Rūnanganui o Te Aupōuri.

Chelsea Winstanley

Chelsea Winstanley

Trustee

Chelsea Winstanley is an Oscar® nominated producer, an award-winning filmmaker and has been a producer, writer and director for more than 15years.

As a p.g.a. producer on Taika Waititi’s Academy nominated feature JOJO RABBIT, Chelsea became the first indigenous female Oscar® nominee for Best Picture.

In 2019 she joined NIGHT RAIDERS as a producer on the first Canadian / NZ Indigenous Co-Production written and directed by Creē first nations filmmaker Danis Goulet.

In 2019 Ava Duvernay and Array Now distributed critically-acclaimed documentary feature, MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, which played at the 2019 Sundance and Berlin film festivals and is now on NETFLIX worldwide.

In 2014, she produced the hit mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Waititi and Jemaine Clement – now a TV show for FX. And early in her career, she produced several award winning short films two of which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

As a director she began making documentaries winning a Media Peace award with her graduating film WHAKANGAHAU. She went on to direct several short documentaries and television series for local broadcasters. She was one of nine women who made the anthology feature WARU which won the LAAPFF best film award in 2018. Her short film FORGIVE ME screened at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in October 2019 and had it’s NZ premiere at the NZIFF in July 2020.

Chelsea has several projects on her slate in various stages of development as a director and producer. KAPŌ with writer director Etienne Auralis THIEF OF SLEEP starring Mojean Aria. As a director she is currently in post with the Documentary Toi Tū Toi Ora Visual Sovereignty and developing the dramatic feature THE APPEAL.

Chelsea graduated from AUT in 2003 with a Bachelor of communications and completed the EAVE Producers course in Europe in 2011. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Auckland University of Technology. She moved back to Aotearoa New Zealand from Los Angeles in 2020 with her family.

Chelsea is from the indigenous tribes Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi of Aotearoa New Zealand through her mother and Pākehā through her father.

Glenn Singleton

Glenn Singleton

Trustee

Glenn Eric Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. He is the author of Courageous Conversations About Race books (© 2006, © 2012, © 2016), creator of a protocol for sustained, deep interracial dialogue, and facilitator of Beyond Diversity™, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to effectively talk about race and address racial disparities. As Founder and President of Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), Singleton has created an agency that has developed racially conscious leaders in a variety of sectors: education, government, business, law enforcement, and community organizing among them. The work has been transformative and far- reaching. In September 2015, The United States Embassy selected PEG to guide law enforcement leaders throughout Western Australia. In March 2016, Singleton launched the first Institute for Courageous Conversation – in Auckland, New Zealand. Singleton’s passion for equity flows to and through his civic life as well. He is the founder of the Foundation for a College Education of East Palo Alto, California, an agency responsible for the collegiate admission and graduation of hundreds of students. In 2017, he founded the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation and serves as chairperson of its board of directors. Accolades for his work include The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community Service Award in 2015 and The Eugene T. Carothers Human Relations Award in 2003. Singleton earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. from Stanford University. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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