Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery Incorporated is a registered charity responsible for the governance of Te Uru. Our Charities Commission registration number is CC41215.
Our Patron is Sir Bob Harvey.
The current Te Uru Governance Committee were confirmed in 2016.
Marcus Williams is an artist, curator and teacher born in 1962 and educated at University of Auckland and RMIT University in Melbourne; he lives in Auckland and is an Associate Professor at Unitec, and Associate Dean of Research of the Faculty of Creative Industries and Business.
Marcus has a cross-disciplinary art practice working in a wide range of media with a strong emphasis in photography. He has experimented with creative collaboration for over 20 years.
He is lately working on Community Art Projects, research into Participatory Video in the Pacific and working alongside Maori creative professionals within the national body Nga Aho to supervise students and support the enterprise by design Masters Programme – Awatoru.
Deane Rose Ngatai was co-opted to the role of Secretary in May 2017.
Desna Whaanga-Schollum is of Rongomaiwahine, Kahungunu, Pāhauwera descent. She has a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) 1997, Unitec, Auckland. Currently member of Otago Uni, Indigenous Agro-Ecology research team, studying towards Masters in Science Communications.
Working across a wide variety of Design, Art and Research contracts, Desna’s mahi is connected through the kaupapa of exploration and articulation of identity. She is actively involved in Māori identity discourse in Aotearoa via exhibitions, hui, wānanga, consultations and (recently) Sites of Significance photographer and researcher for Treaty of Waitangi claimant group Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa.
Desna's art and design work is accredited with the inaugural toi iho mark of Māori arts authenticity and quality, she is a committee member of the annual Mahia Māori Arts Exhibition, Gifted Sands (est. 1999), serves on the Accreditation Board for GDSNZ, and is serving her fifth term as Co-Chair of Ngā Aho, Māori Design Professionals network.
In 2008 Dr Jane Legget joined AUT as Associate Director (Cultural Heritage) with NZTRI and Senior Lecturer in Tourism Studies within the School of Hospitality and Tourism, specialising in cultural heritage tourism. Jane has worked variously in the museum sector as curator, manager, consultant and academic. Her professional and research interests include museum quality standards, performance indicators, women’s heritage, museum repatriation programmes, heritage and cultural tourism, museum public policy, museum training and development.
Jane has a strong mix of experience within the cultural heritage sector as both an academic and a professional, gained in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand. Her research interests include museums and tourism, museum and heritage development, partnerships with community stakeholders, quality standards in museums and art galleries, public accountability in the heritage sector, cultural heritage policy, women and heritage. She was elected a Fellow of the Museums Association of Great Britain and edits Te Ara - Journal of Museums Aotearoa.
Her PhD research on museums and accountability was supported by a Bright Futures Top Achiever Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. She has also worked on development projects with a number of small community museums.
Suzy Dünser is a ceramic artist living and working in Titirangi, Auckland. Her association with Lopdell House Gallery goes back to 1995, when she arrived in New Zealand and became a Friend of the Gallery; she subsequently acted as manager of the gallery shop and was also a member of the Committee in the late 90s.
Suzy’s background is in design, with a Bachelor of Science (Archictural Design) from MIT in Cambridge, MA, and a Master of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York, NY. She worked in Austria and New Zealand as an architectural lighting designer before switching her focus to clay in 2006. She completed the Otago Polytechnic Diploma in Ceramic Arts in 2011.
Suzy is Co-Director of the Auckland Festival of Ceramics, and the current President of the Auckland Studio Potters Society.
Jennifer Lamm is a lawyer with a background in local government (Waitakere City Council, Auckland Council), health and cultural property. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland, Jennifer completed her Master of Laws with Honours from the University of Sydney. Her thesis examined the legal “ownership” of cultural property.
Jennifer has had both governance and operational roles in New Zealand cultural institutions. Her involvement with the Auckland War Memorial Museum began in 1990. She was a member of the Auckland Institute and Museum Council, Vice President and life member of the Auckland Museum Institute and, from 2000 to 2006, a member of the Auckland Museum Trust Board.
Jennifer is an active member of a number of community groups. She has a special interest in the book arts and is a member and past President of the Auckland Ex Libris Society.
Vicky Thomas is of Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa and Irish descent. She was born in Auckland in 1964 and has lived in Titirangi since 1992. Vicky is an artist and has been employed at Kura Gallery situated in Auckland's downtown CBD since 2003. She graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) Visual Communication Photography major at Unitec, Auckland in 2005. Vicky has been the manager and curator at Kura since 2005. www.kuragallery.co.nz
Dr Alison Booth was co-opted to the committee in May 2017. She is Programme Leader in Event Management in the Department of Tourism and Events at AUT. She is a teaching and research specialist in ethnography, festivalisation, social sustainability cultural representation of diasporic communities, event management theory and event production practices. She represents AUT on the New Zealand Indian Research Institute. Her PhD, Performance Networks: Indian Cultural production in Aotearoa, explores the processes and relationships that support the production of cultural events, with specific reference to events that are of interest to and/or produced by New Zealand's Indian communities. Alison holds a Masters in Creative and Performing Arts with honours from the University of Auckland specialising in Arts Management with primarily a world music performance and event production focus.
Alison is a performer as well as an event producer. She has been involved in numerous event collaborations across the event industry including conferences, concerts, and national tours. She worked as a promotion coordinator for several years at the University of Auckland holding a variety of roles including producing small performance events. This includes within the Indian community as well as large public events for the Knowledge Wave Conference, concert collaboration with Auckland Council, community workshops with WOMAD and cultural festivals, international events for the New Zealand Asia Institute and exhibitions and performances with the Auckland Museum. https://aut.academia.edu/AlisonBooth
Ex-officio member - Chris Harvey
Chris Harvey, a former general manager of Crown Lynn, set up his own ceramic factory 23 years ago. Studio Ceramics in Glen Eden, set out primarily making hand painted dinner sets and then began to provide a New Zealand-made alternative to the flood of imported souvenirs. His kiwiana designs and ceramic tiki, kete, fern fronds and shell bowls sell in mainstream homeware chains as well as gift shops and souvenir outlets.
Chris had to retire from the committee due to ill health but still has an acting interest in the well-being of the Gallery.