Tauranga Arts Festival's director is stepping off the stage after six years in the limelight.

Tauranga born-and-bred Jo Bond announced today that she would be stepping down from the top job in search of a new adventure.

"I feel like it's time for me to move on and make space for some fresh energy and new ideas. I've had a blast."

Bond joined the festival team in 2003 as a part-time administrator before working her way up the ranks to take the top job in 2013. She was the first woman to be the festival director.


Bond said one of