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 at the 2017 AGM.

  • Chairperson - Marcus Williams

    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.


  • Secretary - Deane Rose Ngatai

    Deane Rose Ngatai was co-opted to the role of Secretary in May 2017 and elected at the 2017 AGM. Born and raised in Waitakere, Deane descends from Ngati Porou and Tainui. She graduated with a Master of Design in 2015 and a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts with a major in Photography and Media Arts at Unitec, Auckland in 2010. As an artist and researcher, Deane is passionate about recording stories from within her community or urban Maori living in Tamaki Makaurau. She is particularly interested in the experiences of her generation of urban Maori and their journey through education.

    While studying, Deane worked at Kura Gallery in Auckland for six years and spent a year in 2015 at Corban Estate Arts Centre as the Arts Administrator and Gallery Shop Coordinator. In 2017, Deane began work at Auckland Council as the Arts, Community and Events Graduate as part of the Auckland Council Graduate Programme. She is currently on parental leave and resides in Titirangi with her husband and young baby.  


  • Treasurer - Desna Whaanga-Schollum

    Desna Whaanga-Schollum is of Rongomaiwahine, Kahungunu, P?hauwera 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 Maori identity discourse in Aotearoa via exhibitions, hui, wananga, 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 Maori arts authenticity and quality, she is a committee member of the annual Mahia Maori Arts Exhibition, Gifted Sands (est. 1999), serves on the Accreditation Board for GDSNZ, and is serving her fifth term as Co-Chair of Nga Aho, Maori Design Professionals network. She was elected to the committee at the 2016 AGM.


  • Elected member - Suzy Dünser

    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.


  • Co-opted member - Jennifer Lamm

    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.


  • Co-opted member - Vicky Thomas

    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.


  • Elected member - Alison Booth

    Dr Alison Booth was co-opted to the committee in May 2017 and elected at the 2017 AGM. 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.


  • 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.


  • Ex-officio member - Andrew Clifford
    Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford, attends governance meetings in an ex-officio capacity to report on Te Uru's operations - he joined the organisation in November 2013. He was previously Curator and Acting Director at the University of Auckland's Centre for Art Studies, where he helped manage the university's Gus Fisher Gallery and art collection. Also with a long-standing practice as a freelance writer, his research interests span the worlds of contemporary art, performance, new media and music, and he has contributed many articles to publications throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Essays have been printed in publications about Billy Apple, Lisa Reihana, Len Lye, Sean Kerr, Reuben Paterson, and a chapter on invented instruments for Home, Land and Sea: Situating Music in Aotearoa. Alongside his writing, from 2002-2007 he produced music programmes for Radio New Zealand, preceded by 10 years producing and presenting a variety of shows for 95bFM. He has been a judge for the Wallace Art Awards, a juror for the Walters Prize and has sat on various other selection panels. He is also a trustee for the Len Lye Foundation, Audio Foundation and CIRCUIT.