About Us

Please meet the creative minds behind the success of Pukeko Pictures and find out more about us.

Sir Richard Taylor - Company Director
Five time Oscar and four time Bafta winner, Sir Richard Taylor, is a founding partner of Weta Workshop. With over twenty years experience in the film industry, Richard has created a facility that operates at the cutting edge of the film and television industry.
Tania Rodger - Company Director
Also a founding partner of Weta Workshop, Tania brings creativity, artistry and professionalism to every project she undertakes and is passionate about creating the best quality children’s television possible.
Paul Reid - Company Director / Chairman
Paul joined Pukeko Pictures as an Independent Director in June 2014 and now is our Chairman. He has extensive business and governance experience and held Directorships, CEO, COO and GM roles across a diverse set of industries. Paul is also currently CEO/Shareholder of figured.com, Independent Director Software Education Limited and Advisory Board Member VX Sports Limited. Prior to these roles he was Chairman Localist Limited, Independent Director Maven International, Director Converga Limited, Director Datacom Group, COO New Zealand Post Limited and CEO of the NZ Meteorological Service.
Craig Styris - Company Director
Craig is a Director of Pukeko Pictures and an Investment Director at Pioneer Capital, a growth equity investor in New Zealand businesses expanding in large international markets, and is responsible for helping to source and manage investments for Pioneer Capital. Craig is also a Director of Moa Group, K9 Natural and SNS Investments Ltd (aka Pet Doctors Group). Prior to joining Pioneer Capital, Craig was an Associate Director at Craigs Investment Partners (then ABN AMRO Craigs) and an Associate at Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank, in its Los Angeles head office. Craig has a Graduate Diploma in Finance and a Bachelor of Management Studies (Accounting and Economics). Craig also completed a year of undergraduate studies at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.
Clive Spink - Chief Executive
Clive is the Chief Executive of Pukeko Pictures, having taken this position after a year as Pukeko’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Pukeko Pictures his most recent roles were in the IT and telecommunications industries, where he led the commercial team responsible for all of Vodafone New Zealand’s Enterprise customers. Previous to this, he was the Finance Director for Unisys New Zealand and also managed their Australian commercial team. Clive’s broadcasting and production experience stems from time at Television New Zealand working for their local production company, Kotuku Productions, which produced iconic New Zealand brands including Fair Go, Country Calendar, Crimewatch and Holiday. Following this, Clive was the Commercial Manager at TVNZ’s TV One. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.
Angela Littlejohn - Head of Production
Angela is the Head of Production and has 15 years of experience working in the UK film and television industry. During her last 6 years there, she was Drama Production Executive at Channel 4 and Film 4. Films made during her tenure included TRAINSPOTTING, SECRETS & LIES, BRASSED OFF, WELCOME TO SAREJEVO and Ken Loach’s CARLA'S SONG. TV Drama included QUEER AS FOLK, ANNA KARENINA, SWORD OF HONOUR, LONGITUDE and SHACKELTON. Since returning to NZ in 2000, she has produced feature films SHOW OF HANDS, APRON STRINGS and SEPARATION CITY. She co-produced Channel 4’s BAFTA winning NOT ONLY BUT ALWAYS and most recently line produced tele-features TANGIWAI, RAGE, FIELD PUNISHMENT and the drama series HARRY. Prior to joining Pukeko Pictures she had just completed principal photography on the See-Saw co-production SLOW WEST starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn.
Martin Baynton - Company Director / Chief Creative Officer
Martin Baynton has an international reputation as a respected and successful writer and illustrator of over 30 published children’s books, including: the Jane and the Dragon, and the Fifty the Tractor series. He has worked for the stage, radio, TV and film as a producer, director, screenwriter, script editor and literacy lecturer and motivator.
Mike Polis - Development Executive, Children & Family
Mike develops and works with Pukeko's portfolio to secure broadcast and co-production deals for new and pre-existing properties. He has significant expertise in marketing, licensing and property development having created content for some of the world’s most celebrated brands. As the former President of W!LDBRAIN Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Branded Entertainment and Consumer Products at DHX Media, he created and Executive Produced UMIGO, a cutting edge transmedia property developed to teach math and literacy skills. In addition, he served as Executive Producer on key productions including Yo Gabba Gabba! for Nickelodeon as well as projects for HBO, Disney and Mattel. .
Alison Heath - Chief Brands Officer
Alison is the Chief Brands Officer and has 10 years international experience working in brand marketing and licensing in the media industry. She was a founding member of LaDolceMar, a specialist consultancy for arts, media and fashion, working on key projects with Comedy Central, ITV and FremantleMedia. Most recently Alison was working at Fremantle Media, London building the licensing programme in Kids & Family Entertainment for brands such as Tree Fu Tom, Monsuno and on some of the world’s largest television franchises – The X Factor, Got Talent and Idols.
Nick Cleverley - Finance Manager
Nick is the Finance Manager of Pukeko Pictures and for the last 8 years, Nick has been the Finance Manager for Weta Workshop. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the New Zealand Institute Chartered Accountants.