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Striking balance between business and arts

JENNY LING
Last updated 05:00 08/01/2014
Alastair Carruthers
MULTI-TALENTED: Alastair Carruthers becomes a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to arts governance.

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Alastair Carruthers is a man of many talents who has found a unique balance between business and the arts.

The Herne Bay resident has been involved in the Venice Biennale art exhibition, was a speechwriter to Phil Goff, is a board member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and was chairman of the Creative New Zealand Arts Council from 2007 to 2013.

He also co-produced the film Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, a "rock opera of Romeo and Juliet set in a caravan park" which premiered at the New Zealand Film Festival last year.

He lists his current jobs as being chief executive of New Zealand law firm Kensington Swan, an independent company director and a film producer.

For his efforts Mr Carruthers was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to arts governance.

Speaking from London Mr Carruthers says he is very proud of the New Zealand arts scene.

"It's a much stronger sector across all forms of arts than it was 12 years ago," he says.

"There are many more talented people feeling like it's possible to have a career in it.

"It's so incredibly satisfying helping artists doing what they uniquely do.

"I love seeing them create the impossible and continue to surprise us."

Mr Carruthers is now working on another feature film - a post-war courtroom drama which is a co-production between the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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