Our team

Bay of Plenty Film is lead by an highly experienced film maker with over 20 years industry experience and supported by qualified board of trustees.

Anton Steel:
Anton is the writer/director of the award winning eco-comedy feature The Z-Nail Gang, produced locally here in the Bay, utilizing the skills and resources available in the Te Puke community.  He loves collaborating on shoots and the magic of seeing a story come to life in the edit suite.  Working as director, assistant director and producer for over 20 years on films such as The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Yogi Bear has given him a great overview of what is needed to service productions of all sizes, both creatively and logistically.  He sees that his role is to connect people and projects, encourage creativity and to celebrate and promote the regions assets and achievements.

Kylie DellaBarca Steel (Chair): Kylie is a social entrepreneur, establishing a number of organisations and successfully delivering large-scale projects designed to benefit the wider community.  She began her career in Film and TV, 1st assistant directing Vincent Wards “Rain of the Children” in the Ureweras, then transferred to community development projects including establishing a charitable trust “Fruit of the Pacific” and leading the implementation of international scale projects  including a nation wide oral health promotion project in Vanuatu and “Te Puke Tanna” a community to community rebuild project following the devastation  caused by cyclone Pam.  Alongside international development work, Kylie continued in her passion for film as the producer of “The Z-Nail Gang”, an award winning NZ feature film produced in the Bay of Plenty.  Her  aptitude to engage community toward positive momentum and development was recently celebrated in her TEDx Tauranga Women’s talk, “Recognising and Utilising Community Assets”.  She has a degree in communications and a Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management.

Piripi Curtis: Dip Ed, B MD, Producer: Piripi Curtis (Te Arawa) is currently the Managing Director and co-owner of Hikoi NZ which is a television and film company based in Rotorua. He has been producing television for over thirteen years with his flagship show "Hunting Aotearoa"  He comes from a background in teaching with 23 years experience primarily in kura Māori, including management roles such as Deputy Principal.  The holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Māori Development with a Business Major, Piripi has also managed Te Arawa based tourism companies including Waka Hikoi Ltd and Rotoiti Tours Ltd and is a Trustee on a number of Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Rongomai Trusts (including Manupirua Ahu Whenua Trust).

Tessa Blackett: Tessa is a freelance camera operator and editor, based in Mount Maunganui, with her own production company, Homespun Productions. She is also contracted as an outside broadcast TV camera operator for the NZ Racing Board.  She began in the screen media industry in Christchurch after a career change, and has worked in a variety of roles including runner, production assistant, grip and camera assist for commercials and music videos, video tape operator for live  and as-live TV productions, camera operator on a reality series for Māori TV, camera operator and editor on productions for children’s TV, and editor for TV3 news.  She also worked as a production assistant on location for the feature film ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ and taught editing as part of Aoraki Polytehcnic’s National Certificate in Film and TV.  Ten years ago she moved to Tauranga for the lifestyle, and has continued working in the screen media industry in the Bay.

Kim Webby: Kim Webby is an award winning documentary director and producer with a background in journalism, living in Ōpōtiki. She was co-producer and director of internationally acclaimed cinematic feature documentary, The Price of Peace, which won five international awards in the past two years. She has produced and directed many documentaries for TVNZ, TV3 and Maori Television. She currently has Film Commission development funding for a second cinematic feature documentary. Kim previously received funding to produce a range of
programmes including for Maori Television and TVNZ. She has also been a reporter on One News, 60 Minutes and Fair Go. She is also the current vice-chairperson of the Ōpōtiki Community Theatre which manages the Deluxe cinema and theatre in her hometown.

Paula Jones: BA English and Social Anthropology, Dip Teaching, Producer: Splitting her time between Auckland and Waihi, Paula is acompany director and film producer with an extensive cross professional background in film and television production and in education, industry accreditation and training. She produced the multi-award winning documentary Hip Hop-eration(NZFC, 2014)
and was previously Course Director and Head of Curriculum at South Seas Film and Television School, and Curriculum and Standards Consultant and National Moderator, Secondary and Tertiary Media and Film Studies (NZQA). She has worked in production and public relations for TVNZ and served on the boards of the
NZ Writer’s Guild, the National Association of Media Educators and the Green Ribbon Trust.