Meet our board members
The board of The Kiwi Kids Music Trust is a unique mix of experience, expertise, and connections. We work hard to find and maintain the best music industry for the kids of New Zealand. If you’d like to know more – you can contact us online.
Suzy Cato, Chair
Chair and founding member, Suzy Cato, is passionate about the well being and development of our precious taonga, our tamariki, and sees the potential of the Kiwi Kids Music Trust as a valuable tool in reaching every corner of NZ in a positive, motivating and supportive way.
Music has the ability to move, to heal, to uplift and to unite.
Music created by our people for our tamariki reflects their own lives, stories and experiences. And I am proud to head a team dedicated to ensuring the music reaches those children and their whanau.
Suzy has entertained the children and families of NZ since she first graced our screens, on TV3’s Earlybird Show (EBS) in 1990. She hosted 3PM, TV3’s afternoon kids show for a year, before becoming the friend of several generations via the much loved preschool programme You & Me.
Suzy formed her own production company, Treehut Limited, with a wealth of talented crew, to create the science focused programme, Suzy’s World, in 2000
Now two decades later, and with a beautiful whanau of her own Suzy is again performing for the young and young at heart.
She has just celebrated 10 years of her radio show Suzy & Friends and has over 200 videos on her YouTube Channel.
Collaborations with the likes of the multi-talented Kath Bee, and amazing songsters Itty Bitty Beats, have seen two beautiful songs be released in the last couple of years and 2020 holds much promise with the release of her first collaboration with award winning song writing duo Arthur Baysting and Peter Dasent.
Their new song and book project Kauri Family is due to be released this month!
Sarah Paterson, Treasurer
Sarah runs her own independent consultancy in Wellington which focusses on leadership, strategy, facilitation and coaching. Sarah is also a member of the NZ Meat Board and Army Leadership Board, as well as a Trustee of the Who Did You Help Today charitable trust which helps build connections in our communities through its initiatives: Homework Club, HelpTank and the Mothers Project.
Chris Lam Sam, Secretary
As an active advocate for the NZ children’s music industry, Chris currently serves as Secretary and founding board member of the Kiwi Kids Music Trust, the charitable arm of Kiwi Kids Music Collective and chaired by children’s TV presenter and song writer, Suzy Cato. From 2014-2019 he was Chair of The Goodtime Foundation, a charitable trust working to provide free music lessons, instruments, and life skills mentoring for underprivileged school children.
Chris Lam Sam is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable musical entertainers for young families.
He is well known as a member of the children’s group The Funky Monkeys, the band he and his friends began in 2003. Since they began The Funky Monkeys have performed more than 900 shows to 1.7 million people, produced seven albums, two DVD’s, won the inaugural APRA NZ Best Children’s Music Video Award in 2008, and co-produced the album that won Waikato Plunket the Prime Minister’s Award For Innovation in 2010.
Lam Sam completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in composition at the University of Waikato in 2002, then pursued a career in education by completing a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching at the Waikato School of Education in 2005. After a short period of teaching, he combined his skills to work as a full-time performer with The Funky Monkeys.
In early 2017, Lam Sam flew to London to release his first co-authored children’s book with kiwi illustrator, Angela Keoghan and their publisher, the TATE Museums. Their book Inspector Brunswick: Case Of The Missing Eyebrow went on to win the 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award alongside co-winners Dame Lynley Dodd, DNZM, and Dame Joy Cowley, ONZ.
Lam Sam has continued long associations with a number of productions for children. Since 2009 he has been Musical Director for the Kids For Kids school choir concerts throughout New Zealand, since 2012 he has performed the Sailor Asthma Show over 600 times for the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of NZ, and he has also performed regularly as the Animateur for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s education concerts since 2016.
Chris currently lives in Wellington with his wife and three sons, and continues to tour and perform original music for young families in his independent show, Mr. Lam Sam’s Musical Mayhem Show.
Anna van Riel, Trustee
Lake Hāwea board member Anna van Riel is one of our Deep South KKM performers. Anna joined our team back in 2018 and shares that she lovess being part of a team that helps bring quality music to the tamariki of Aotearoa.
The founder and chair of her local non-profit group Plastic Free Wanaka, Anna is working on merging her two passions of creating children’s music, and caring for the environment through the recent launch of her musical Waste Free Wanda.
Anna van Riel is a Deep South artist known for her award-winning music for children in both NZ and Australia. Two-time winner of the Australia Songwriter Associations ‘Best Children’s Artist’ award, and a multi nominee in the NZChildren’s Music Awards, Anna’s passion for performance and songwriting taken her on a wide array of exciting aventures across the globe.
With a passion for sharing songs that encourage children to find their inner- performer, Anna has also released multiple song that teach introductry te reo Maori.
With 3 children’s albums under her belt and a ukulele songbook, Anna loves to create resources that can be used in the classroom and to help musically expand young minds.
The mother of two beautiful primary-aged children, Anna spends much of her time growing food and writing music on her secluded Lake Hāwea property.
Judi Cranston, Trustee
Kawakawa Bay is the home to Judi Cranston who is a founding board member for the Kiwi Kids Music Trust. Judi’s lifelong passion has been to create platforms for others to create and perform music in meaningful ways.
With a background in music education, as well as running her own global music business Judi is also the director of the Kawakawa Bay Christmas in the Park event and leads a local ukulele group. Judi is excited to be part of the Kiwi Kids Music Trust as she believes that collectively leveraging off everyone’s enthusiasm, inspiration and experience provides greater outcomes for NZ children’s music.
Judi Cranston is the founder of kindyRock, a music education company based in New Zealand, providing music, training and teaching resources to children, teachers and parents.
She is an international award winning song writer and her music is used around the globe in homes, early childhood centres and schools. She is passionate about using music as a tool for helping children to grow and learn and is committed to creating resources that are fun, easy to use and effective in learning.
She also works in New Zealand and internationally providing music education presentations for adults.More recently Judi has developed adult training in emotional and intuitive intelligence and works online and in person running these events.
Judi is mum to 5 grown up children and 3 grandchildren and lives in the beautiful Kawakawa Bay south East of Auckland.
Rosalind Manowitz, Trustee
Rosalind became a member of Kiwi Kids Music in 2016 as her performing character ‘ Rainbow Rosalind the Fairy ’, and joined the board not long after. Rosalind has a passion for sharing NZ kids music with the world, and spreading the KKM message of reflecting our unique culture, heritage and identity with the children of New Zealand, through music and stories.
Rosalind has worked with children and music for a long time, with an extensive background of teaching music in schools and performing in orchestras. Rosalind believes music to be such an effective way of delivering important messages to kids, of inclusiveness, acceptance, love, kindness, and more.
She loves hearing the new music being produced among KKM artists, and is excited to see how far the NZ Children’s Music Industry goes in the next few years!
Rainbow Rosalind the Fairy is an award-winning Children’s Singer/Songwriter & Entertainer based in Dunedin, NZ. Her unique performing style creates a show which is a high-energy, all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza!
Best known for her album ‘Kia Ora!’, Rainbow Rosalind’s music is enjoyed in cars, kindergartens, schools and the homes of families all around the world.
You may know Rainbow Rosalind from her music video ‘Aotearoa, Home of our Hearts’, which was named the APRA What Now Best Music Video of 2016 at the New Zealand Children’s Music Awards.
In 2017, Rainbow Rosalind was the recipient of the SOUNZ Community Commission award, for which she created the show ‘ Rainbow Rosalind Meets the Orchestra ‘, which debuted last year with the Dunedin Youth Orchestra in the Dunedin Town Hall to a sold-out audience of 2000 excited kids and adults. This work was created to introduce children to the world of classical music in an educational, yet fun and accessible way.
Rainbow Rosalind not only performs for kids, but she also appeals to the grown-ups, making for a special family occasion. “I like to unlock the inner-child within adults and set them flying free. Life can get too serious and people often forget where to find the magic.” By the end of Rainbow Rosalind’s live shows, she has all the children AND adults up on their feet, singing and dancing along without a care in the world! “THAT’s when the magic happens”, she says.
As well as touring NZ and overseas, Rainbow Rosalind regularly performs her live show “Rainbow Rosalind & the Fairies” throughout the country with her fairy friends at festivals, family events, libraries, schools, and even children’s birthday parties! Some highlights include: Kids Music in the Park (Auckland), Whoa Studios Variety Show (Auckland), Queenstown Winter Festival, Whare Flat Folk Festical, Plunket’s Big Day Out (Forsyth Barr Stadium), The Baby & Child Show, The Home & Living Show, Christmas on the Domain, Christmas in the Stadium, as well as television appearances on The Cafe and Suzy & Friends with Suzy Cato. In Rainbow Rosalind’s latest project, she appears as ‘Rozzie’, in a brand new TV series, ‘Code Fun’, airing on tv2, TVNZ and Hei Hei later this year (2020), teaching kids about coding and robotics with her animated sidekick Digi the Robot. As well as being the presenter, Rainbow Rosalind is also producing the music for the show. Find Rainbow Rosalind’s music on Spotify, iTunes & Youtube, and catch her sprinkling joy, magic, music and fairy dust around the country at her live shows, which you can keep up to date with on her Facebook and Instagram pages!
Arthur Baysting, Trustee
During his busy career, Arthur Baysting wore many hats — a comedian and MC in the 70’s, the press secretary to Helen Clarke’s electorate in the 80’s, President of the NZ Writer’s Guild, APRA board member, and NZ music lobbyist in the 90’s, children’s well-being advocate from the 00’s onwards, and noted script and songwriter throughout.
Baysting’s success in the genre of children’s music began in 2000 when he was asked to write lyrics for songs being produced by ex Crocodile band-member and friend, Peter Dasent in his new role as music director for Australia’s ABC Play School.
Their catchy tunes began being sung by Justine Clarke, Play School’s ‘mega star’, which eventually led the trio to gain coveted ARIA awards, along with multi-platinum, gold and silver selling records.
Back in New Zealand, in 2007 Baysting began work to unify the growing number of independent writers, producers, and performers of children’s music. For the next twelve years, Baysting worked to create a nationally recognised association of children’s musicians that he would eventually co-found as The Kiwi Kids Music Trust in 2019.
In November of the same year, APRA NZ announced a new award in honour of Arthur for those who have championed children through the creative arts, education, or advocacy — The Baysting Prize.
Arthur Baysting: 17 Apr 1947 — 3 Dec 2019