The Whangarei Art Museum Trust

The Whangarei Art Museum Trust Board, formed prior in 1996, is charged with the governance of the Whangarei Art Museum.

The  governance of the Whangarei Art Museum is the responsibility of a Trust board comprised of seven Trustees, four approved by the Whangarei District Council while the Trust is able to appoint a further three Trustees.

Whangarei Art Museum Trust (WAMT) actions and direction are determined by the Trust Deed, which details the objectives of the Trust. These include both the operation of the Art Museum and the requirement to support, stimulate and enhance the artistic and cultural life of the Whangarei District.

As the majority of Trustees are WDC-appointed, WAMT is referred to as a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) but it retains entirely independent operation and governance.

This independence is essential to protecting the charitable status of the Whangarei Art Museum. It ensures the museum retains eligibility for charitable funding and that it remains the appropriate organisation to receive art works from benefactors who wish to make bequests to an organisation that operates in the interests of greater community.

The operation of the Whangarei Art Museum Trust is audited annually by Audit New Zealand and reports to the community on a regular basis.

The Whangarei Art Museum Trust Board Members

Grant Faber (Chair)

Grant has extensive international experience in business management. The Taiharuru Farms Lodge owner is chair of Discover Whangarei Heads Tourism Group and a member of the Northland Tourism Development Group. Grandson of colonial artist TL Drummond, he actively supports the Whangarei Arts Symposium and the Discover Whangarei Heads Art Trail.

Kirsty Hughes (Deputy)

Kirsty is a communications strategist with over 25 years marketing and advertising experience, working with many of New Zealand’s most recognisable brands and campaigns. Kirsty and husband Tony are owners of InZone Industries, Honeytree Farms and Sunshine Homes.

Sharon Morgan

Sharon a Whangarei District Councillor, Deputy Mayor and a trustee of the district’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Resource Trust (CHART), Sharon has worked extensively with Whangarei’s cultural and heritage sector. Councillor Morgan instigated the Whangarei Sculpture Symposium and was instrumental in finding a home for the city’s Community Arts Centre.

Andy Britton BSc (Hons)

Andy is a chartered accountant and retired partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers NZ. Most recently NorthTec’s director of corporate services, Andy is also former chair of the Culture Heritage Arts Resources Trust (CHART), the Northland Regional Council Community Trust and its subsidiaries Enterprise Northland and Destination Northland.

Taipari Munroe

Taipari is the WAMT Māori cultural advisor (Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau, Ngāti Taka, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Korora, Te Waiariki, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Te Tawera). He has held Senior Advisor positions at NorthTec, Whangarei District Council and Accident Compensation Corporation and is Rangatira of Maungarongo Marae.

Thomas Biss

Thomas is a director of Henderson Reeves Connel Rishworth a legal firm based in Whangarei where he leads the business law team. With over 20 years experience in advising businesses large and small Thomas has experience in most areas of commercial law. From buying or selling a business to advising on intellectual property exploitation to dealing with standard terms of business, we understand the issues and can explain them in plain English. Through his career Thomas has worked as a senior associate in firms in Auckland and England.

Carin Wilson

Whangarei Art Museum Trust (WAMT) is proud to welcome new community representative trustee Carin Wilson (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi te Rangihouhiri, Ngāti Rongomai), appointed in November 2017. We will be updating Carin’s profile shortly.