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 2018 AGM.
Dr Alison Booth was co-opted to the committee in May 2017 and elected at the 2017 AGM. She is currently an independent researcher and post graduate supervisor at AUT specialising in cultural representation, healthy aging and global communities. She recently retired from the role of Lecturer, Researcher and Programme Leader in Event Management Programme 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 is a member of the Society of Ethnomusicology, New Zealand Asian Studies Society, International Association of Popular Music and 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
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 visual storytelling and recording the experiences of her generation of urban Maori living in Tamaki Makaurau.
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 has recently returned to work from parental leave and is working in the Community Empowerment Unit. Deane currently resides in Titirangi with her husband and young baby.
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 currently works in the sales team at Tamaki Paenga Hira - Auckland War Memorial Museum. From 2003, she was employed at Kura Gallery, situated in Auckland's downtown CBD, taking the role of manager and curator from 2005-2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) Visual Communication Photography major at Unitec, Auckland in 2005. Her role on the committee was endorsed as a co-opted member at the 2012 AGM, and elected at the 2018 AGM.
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 a past President of the Auckland Studio Potters Society. She was elected to the committee at the 2013 AGM.
Kathryn was elected to the committee at the 2018 AGM. Born in Palmerston North, she has spent most of her life in Auckland and now resides in Titirangi. With an extensive background in the screen sector, across broadcasting, funding and production, she has also worked in arts management including a fixed term contract with Auckland Council as Manager, Arts and Culture Programme Planning. For three years, Kathryn set up and ran her own design store and gallery in Northland. She is currently Content Director for NZ On Screen, a website showcasing New Zealand’s screen history. Her move to Titirangi coincided with the opening of Te Uru in 2014.
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. Her role on the committee was endorsed at the 2012 AGM.
Mark joined the committee in August 2018 and was endorsed at the 2018 AGM.
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 retired from the committee due to ill health but still has an acting interest in the well-being of the Gallery. He was made a Committee Member Emeritus at the 2013 AGM.
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 and CIRCUIT.