Kim Hegan

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Kim Hegan

Kim Hegan has a diverse background in artist and events management and concert promotion and is Managing Director of Hegan Entertainments.

He had spent a childhood sleeping in the green room at his father's productions so it was no surprise that after a youth surfing and studying and later performing Indian Classical music in Calcutta he took up a directorship with his parent’s family entertainment business.

Founded in 1960. Hegan Entertainment Services represented many of New Zealand icons of the day including Billy T. James, Ray Woolf, George Tumahai, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Howard Morrison, and latterly Dave Dobbyn.

They also toured International entertainment legends of the day including Dame Vera Lyn and Max Bygreaves.

In 1988 Kim put together a large flood all star concert series for Cyclone Bola victims along with Prime Minister of the day, the late David Lange, the armed services and the mayor of Gisborne’s flood relief group raising $500,000.

He continued to present an array of local and international performers, as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Toni Childs, Bob Marley’s Wailers, The Eagles, Phoebe Snow, Screamin Jay Hawkins and a host of artistes of the day. He presented Australasian Concert tours of Paco Pena’s Flamenco Dance Company from Spain and Texan singer songwriter John Prine.

His project management experience has since extended to a diverse range of events including:

New Zealand Sesquicentennial, “The Spirit Of 1990” live, television event, for 20 million Pacific-wide television viewers starring over 1000 New Zealand entertainers as diverse as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Crowded House,The Clean and The Patea Maori Club.

1994 saw Kim lead a team which transformed what was then known as 'the lighter basin' into a stadium that saw 40,000 fans welcome the Whitbread arrivals into what is now the Viaduct Basin. To quote Captain Chris Dickson. "i was completely blown out of my boat shoes'. You can't imagine the effect of 40 lonely, tough days at sea to pull into a giant maori haka and tens of thousands of Kiwi fans screaming and shouting. It will stay with me for the rest of my life"

When the East coast Maori Tribe, Ngati Porou’s main Marae burnt down, Kim produced a Hinerupe Fundraiser Festival on the East Cape involving a surfing contest, Kapa Haka Festival and concert featuring Neil Finn and son Liam , Sir Howard Morrison Che Fu and DLT, Dave Dobbyn and Jenny Morris.

At the time of the Rainbow Warrior sinking he was vice chairman of Greenpeace he took charge of their membership drive. He  produced Greenpeace concerts at Mt Smart Stadium, featuring some of the biggest names in rock music. Headlined by Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Eagles, Neil and Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, and every local band and performer, hosted by Billy T James.

From 1997-2000 Kim developed Millennium projects for The New Zealand Government and Television New Zealand. He produced Auckland City’s Millennium Dawn event for an estimated international television audience of 1 billion viewers. Co-ordinating 27 International networks, a 10,000 person haka, 1000 boat flotilla, virtually every armed forces and dealing with a crowd of hundreds of thousands, Day One was his single biggest acheivment

Kim was honored by Auckland City with a run through the Auckland domain with the Olympic torch and was a key note speaker at the Australian and New Zealand Economic Development Conference (EDANZ) on Maori development.

Kim embarked on a another passion Te Paa a $16m joint venture project between a company he founded Oceania Attractions and Ngati Whtua o Orakei Trust Board. As cheif Executive he co-ordinated an extroardinarilly diverse team, Jasmax architects, Ernst and Young finacial advisors, Arrow Project management, Maltby's, and a host of other construction professionals. Kim travelled the world researching tecnology solutions and after years of delays they finally acheived resource consents and private investment. At this point Kim stood down as CEO while remaining a major shareholder and board member, to resurrect his core business Hegan Entertainments and pursue other interests.

He was recently invited and took a seat on the International advisory board of the New York and London based musician's children's charity Global Angels.

Hegans produced World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine event and he event produced Atamira, ‘Maori In The City’ Festival funded by Te Puni Kokiri and held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds in 2007 and 2009. Atamira was a complex undertaking with the co-ordination of two awards ceremonies, a Thrive (Business seminar) hundreds of stalls and a two day youth concert attended by over 100,000 concert goers.

Kim is married to Te Aupouri Diana, continues to surf, lives in Auckland and has three grown up and two teenage children.