Portfolio: Meg Davis – Creative Bay of Plenty

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Creative Bay of Plenty exists to enable arts and culture to thrive in the Western Bay of Plenty. Meg has been with the organisation since May 2017 and GM since January this year.

Name: Meg Davis

Company: Creative Bay of Plenty

Position held: General Manager

Tell us about a fabulous book you have read in the last 6 months.

I have just started Women Who Run with the WolvesMyths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetypeby Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés. My mum believes that this book ‘finds you’. It fell out of the shelf when I was on holiday in December, so I suppose this must be the right time. Through short stories, it helps the soul tap into a long forgotten, wildish intuition.

What’s your favourite, fail-safe relaxation activity?

Cliché perhaps, but yoga. Every time I roll out my mat I am ‘home’. I also light a lot of candles. My partner Sam believes it is the reason why we haven’t yet been able to save for a house deposit.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Waitomo Glow worm caves! Further from home, a second trip to Sri-Lanka to visit the Central Province and Sigiriya.

What tips could you share about your best approach to getting through a challenging day?

Look for the common ground. See the good in others. Remember to breathe. Envisage that glass of Pinot Noir on the other side.

What do you love most about living in the Bay?

I love the people. A special few have gone above and beyond to help us settle in. I am forever grateful.

How about the region’s vibe? Tell us about a recent Bay event you’ve attended.

Working for Creative Bay of Plenty, we assist the Arts and Culture sector with the promotion of grassroots events in our weekly newsletter. I am in awe of the abundance and diversity of the scene here. I am never at a loss for things to do. Recently I attended the launch of Art Loves You at the Tauranga Art Gallery. The programme is very slick and one for all the senses. I can’t wait to be immersed in the magic!

What advice would you give your younger self?

Firstly, wear sunscreen. Secondly, don’t lay awake at night thinking of things you should have said.

Finally, you are enough.