Kerikeri International Piano Competition

About KIPC

KIPC Trust

KIPC Trust is a charitable trust funded by corporate and private financial donors, with NZ’s most acclaimed concert pianist, Michael Houstoun, as its patron. The Trust’s primary purpose is to provide competition experience at an international level for young talented artists. In addition to the competition event, the KIPC Trust holds a number of recitals and events between competitions, the purpose of which is to maintain the profile of the competition and the trust, and to raise funds.


Sylvia Burch - Sylvia has a wide range of experience in education, educational administration and management, and project management. She also has a 40 year association with amateur and professional music. Sylvia may be contacted on 


John Jackets - John has experience in concert promotion and event management both in New Zealand and internationally. John is also Musical Director of the Bay of Islands Singers. John may be contacted on


Tony Norman - Tony's skills include strategic thinking, financial restructuring, organisational change and negotiation skills. These business disciplines give a solid foundation to a community activity such as KIPC. Tony is a professional financial manager and manages the day to day and strategic financial running of the Trust. Tony may be contacted on 


Sally Macauley - Sally holds a range of community roles in Northland, is a Councillor of the Far North District and an elected member of the Northland District Health Board. She is Chairman of the Bay of Islands Arts Festival. Sally is also a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant. Interests include classical and popular music and outdoor pursuits.

Left to Right:
Tony Norman, Jane Jackets, John Jackets Ann Winship, Sylvia Burch. Sally Macauley, Jill Cottle (seated)


Jill Cottle - Jill is a registered music teacher and much respected for her work in the community with young pianists and as an accompanist.

Jane Jackets - Jane has worked in various levels of education and has experience in organising function hospitality. Brought up in a family of professional musicians, she has a long association with music performance. She is the KIPC Friends coordinator.

Ann Winship - Ann is from California where she was a school teacher and artist. In 2014, she was a prime mover in the launch of KOAST, Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail which aims at enhancing the reputation of Kerikeri as a destination for the Arts. This experience and her role in KIPC 2014 will make her a valuable addition to the Trust where she will take a lead in the development of the KIPC social media profile.   

All of the above can be contacted via our main email address: