As Head of Contemporary Dance, Tiina Alinen curated the contemporary program for the New Zealand School of Dance graduation season in 2009 . Dance Artists invited to work with the students were Maori choreographers Cathy Livermore, Tairoa Royal and Taane Mete and Aboriginal choreographer, Frances Rings.
'Recently departed Head of Contemporary dance Tiina Alinen deserves mention here for her vision as the curator of the contemporary component of the 2009 programme. The students deserve congratulations for their passion, one hopes for a long future for them in dance. The teaching staff also deserve congratulations for their commitment in staging and rehearsal direction'. Theatreview: Lyne Pringle