Steve Thomas
Artistic Director

Steve established Arts On Tour NZ in 1995 after receiving an ANZAC Fellowship to research arts touring programmes in Australia. He held a previous post as Touring Manager for The Southern Regional Arts Council.

Before that he was the first Director of the Nelson Festival in 1983. Graduated B.Tech.(Hons) in psychology, sociology and economics, from Brunel University, London.

A poet from an early age, Steve has staged numerous solo and collaborative productions such as The Tupperware Party (1982), Pink Bits (1983) and Prime Time TV Live (1987). He is the author of three books and several CD recordings, and he has appeared at many festivals and special events held here in New Zealand and overseas.
He is better known to many as Radio NZ National’s, “Bard of Christchurch”.


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Michelle Godfrey-Hawtin
General Manager

Michelle has worked part-time as the administrator and accounts person for Arts on Tour New Zealand for the past ten years.  Michelle has now taken on the role of General Manager.

Michelle’s background is in accounting with over 15 years’ experience working in chartered accounting firms in Christchurch. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, playing tennis and walking.


Steve Lowndes

An Englishman by birth, Steve has lived on Banks Peninsula since 1979. He holds a BA (hons) from Bath Academy of Art (majoring in Visual Communication) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the City Art Institute in Sydney. After a teaching stint in the UK, Steve travelled to Brazil where he taught at the design school in Rio de Janeiro.

Since emigrating to New Zealand, Steve has taken casual art classes at the Akaroa School and worked in commercial art studios. After a 15 year tenure as Director of the Akaroa Museum he became active in local government with his attention focused in the areas of art, heritage and culture.

Drawing and painting remain his greatest passion and he has exhibited frequently at Akaroa’s Powerhouse Gallery and the Little River Gallery.

Stewart Ross

A registered architect, Stewart has run his own practice for the last 30 years. He has maintained an involvement with the Court Theatre (Christchurch’s only professional theatre) as an actor, and also as their architect, – the original theatre having seen many refurbishments and expansions over the years.

He has worked as a consultant to Creative New Zealand, advising community groups planning theatre developments and he is currently working on various theatre projects in the South Island.

Stewart is a trustee on the Christchurch Arts Centre Trust Board.

 Lindon Puffin

Cut from the cloth of the musical troubadour, Lindon Puffin, spends half of his life on the road performing.

Part folk singer, part comedian, he describes himself as fisherman trapped in a musicians body. Someone else described him as the love child of Bruce Springsteen and Chris Knox!

A gifted whistler, pretty decent harmonica player, anarchic story teller and a gutsy songwriter with a voice as big as his heart.

Charlotte Crone

Charlotte Crone was raised in rural mid-Canterbury and growing up she always longed for the next traveling performance coming by. She went on to study jazz trombone and arranging at Ara Music Arts in Christchurch (2009-2011) and in 2016 joined the first line up of the All Girl Big Band, New Zealand’s premiere all female jazz big band.

Since 2012 Charlotte has worked for touring theatre production company New Zealand Playhouse and is part of the team that hosts scores of artists’ shows at Orange Studios in the current location in Ferrymead, Christchurch.

In 2018 she joined the trustees board for Jazz Aotearoa, an organisation formed to support jazz musicians in New Zealand. In 2017-2018 Charlotte consulted Arts on Tour on social media and subsequently joined the Arts on Trust Board in 2019.

In the changing face of the arts in Aotearoa, Charlotte strongly believes in the age old tradition of getting the show on the road, not only to move entertainment and arts to places that are a bit further away, but as a way for artist’s to hone their craft and provide the support of a secure touring network to some of the country’s most proficient and hard-working artists.