A passion for language drives Zak’s relationship with the arts. Born and raised in West Auckland, creative writing appears to him as a means through which reflection and wellbeing can be realised. As an aspiring Young Adult novelist awarded placement within the NZSA creative mentorship programme during 2017, he boasts published prose in at total of six anthologies.
Through Youth Arts New Zealand, Zak hopes to normalise access to such conversations, ensuring no young artist feels that they are out of reach of meaningful advice. As a young entrepreneur working in the mental health sector, Zak also aims to expand the number of events focusing on the power of the arts to heal, nourish and grow.