'I work to collaborate with International and Cook Islands TV and Film makers to create Documentaries, Short Films, Feature Films, Social Campaigns, Educational Modules and TV Series. Creating work in the Cook Islands and in our Moana Nui a Kiva - Our Pacific requires an understanding of our environment, our culture and our people. We are faced with the big-ticket items like the rest of the Globe with Climate Change on our Pacific doorstep.
In 2010 Tuaine completed being the Marketing Director for five years and the Acting CEO for 18 months for the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation where she re-branded the destination and developed the successful “Recession Free Oasis”Campaign. Prior to that she was the Events and Entertainment Manager at The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa for 2 years. Creating a range of artistic products including developing the museums Matariki festival and their Maori showcase dining event. Glenda held the position of the first NZ Fringe Festival Director in 2002- 2004 where she pioneered the first Maori and Pacific Island sections for the festival programme. Glenda worked at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts from 1994-1998 as part of the Artists Liaison team. Glenda’s festival production experience extends to stage management, festival marketing, artistic direction and executive producing having also worked at management levels on the New Zealand Film festival and The TV2 Comedy Festival.
Glenda has produced, directed and acted in a variety of theatre productions. She established herself as a playwright delivering the Powder Room in 1996 which went on to the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Kitchen Tables in 1998. She has been a Board Member of Pablos Art Studio and Playmarket Aotearoa; assessed arts projects for the Pacific Committee, Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council’s Creative Communities panel from 2002 – 2004. She mentored Atamira Dance Collective and MAU Dance in sponsorship and arts management via the DANZ Aotearoa arts mentorship in 2004. She has been an executive member and President of the Cook Islands Business &Professional Women's Association as well an executive member of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council.
Glenda has had an active presenting career working on radio as a DJ and reviewer and has spoken at many conferences about events and Pacific artists involvement. In 2019 she delivered the Cook Islands creative section of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney Australia and in that year was awarded the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Special Recognition Award. In 2020 she was funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications to make her Award-winning short Documentary film on legendary master carver Mike Tavioni, Taonga An Artist Activist and in 2021 co-directed Atui Akaou - Reconnect a TV feature Film on Cook Islands resilience at the time of Covid for Pasifika TV. She has developed, produced and directed many corporate and community film products some of which can be seen on Motone ITU's vimeo channel Vimeo She is also the Co-founder of KukiCre8tive Performing Arts Program for youth developing drama, TV and film projects with young people in the Cook Islands.