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Musician, environmental activist and former Wellington City councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer has been elected chair of Orchestra Wellington.

That makes him the first Maori to chair an orchestra in this country.

Mr Ahipene-Mercer, of Ngai Tara and Ngati Ira descent, says he is keen to extend the orchestra’s already extensive outreach through the region

He will draw on his experience as the council’s arts portfolio leader, when he helped source funds for the City Gallery upgrade and established the Toi Poneke Art Space for emerging Wellington artists.

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