Our Team
Breaking Boundaries is run by a small but dedicated team of volunteers (the BRKBND family).
Learn more about them here.
#TogetherWeCreate
Joni-Nelson
Joni Nelson
Creative Director
She/Her

Joni is a queer femme writer and performer based in Auckland. As a creative, much of Joni’s work deals with queer commentary and critique, and they are passionate about the ways in which creative mediums can help to express queer voices and stories. You can reach Joni at joni@breakingboundaries.org.nz

Tycho-Vandenburg
Tycho Vandenburg
Operational Manager
They/Them

Tycho recently stepped down from directing BRKBND to focus on their PhD in community psychology, exploring transgender and gender diverse homelessness in Aotearoa. Tycho is a jack of all trades for BRKBND, tackling anything from funding to web and graphic design. Get in touch with Tycho at tycho@breakingboundaries.org.nz

QianYe
Qian Ye Lin
Coordinator
She/They

Qian Ye is currently tackling her BA/BFA conjoint at the University of Auckland. Her video works investigates the circulation of knowledge and the domination of the English language in a digital context. She is interested in making art less alienating, elitist and more community centred.

Jonie-Ellis
Jonie Ellis
Events Coordinator
She/Her

Jonie is a transplant from Los Angeles who is a queer femme foodie in search of the best bánh mì in Auckland. She works as a client liaison by day but is a serial volunteer by night. Her past work includes teaching yoga to youth overcoming prostitution and trafficking. She is passionate about human connection and creating those opportunities anywhere she can.

Cole-Meyers
Cole Meyers
Events Facilitator
They/He

Cole Meyers is a writer, actor, director and activist. He works as a consultant on trans and gender diverse narratives and inclusion, including at Shortland Street, where he is also a script writer. Cole is passionate about supporting the authentic representation and creative opportunities and potential of queer and gender diverse people and people with disabilities. He also really loves pigeons.

Sherry
Sherry Zhang
Events Coordinator
She/Her

Sherry is a student at Auckland Uni, and hopes to be a journalist or something along the lines of that. Despite being unsure of her major/future, she knows she will always be floating around the creative arts. She is passionate about connecting with a diverse range of stories and people. She hopes to see more representation of the Queer Asian community. Sherry is a bisexual who likes pineapple on her pizza which may make you love or hate her even more.

Crystal-Myers
Crystal Myers
Events Manager & Events Tech
They/Them

A queer music and events junkie with a penchant for creative business and marketing, Crystal is passionate about pop music, a lot of ‘isms’, personality testing and how communities engage with spaces. They review a lot of music, write a lot of copy and organise and run a lot of technical aspects for various events. Crystal's favourite things are socks with cool prints, chana masala, Lady Grey tea (with rice milk) and pangolins.

Jessie-Lee
Jessie Lee
Events Tech
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Cat-Atkinson
Cat Atkinson
Photography & Media
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Cat is a proud queer cameraperson with professional experience shooting portraits, gigs, and events. In their personal work, Cat is passionate about capturing the candid and the mundane, and immortalising a slice of life. They also love the colour yellow, drawing cartoons, and consuming as much queer art and media as they can.

Jonie-Ellis
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Events Coordinator
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Events Coordinator
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Events Coordinator
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Echo-Spud
Echo/Spud
Executive Assistant
Meow

Elegant. Sophisticated. Uncoordinated.
Part time DJ.

Humphrey
Humphrey
Part-time fly chaser.
Woooooooof

Energetic and obsessed with balls of all sizes and colours, he's happy to give you a cuddle any time of day.