“I am grateful for the support of our audiences, in theatres and online, for the many journeys that we have taken together. The work of my brilliant artistic team and the many talented dancers I’ve worked with at the RNZB. During my time here, I have been inspired and deeply moved by the collective work from the wonderful magical creatives who have achieved inspirational moments both onstage and off.
I acknowledge the hard work of our staff and the many Board members with whom I have worked closely. An organisation’s strength is in its supporters and I thank all of them, and especially the RNZB Foundation for their constant support in the artform that inspires us all.
I would also like to thank our colleagues at Te Papa for their support in expanding our family performances over the last four years, including relaxed performances, New Zealand Sign Language and narration in te reo Māori.
A special thank you to former Chair Steven Fyfe and his wife Catherine who encouraged me to start this adventure and my journey with the RNZB and especially Catherine for her kindness and support as I navigated a new life in New Zealand,” Barker says.