Chairperson: Tanya Black

Tanya Black is Associate Producer at Attitude Pictures. Attitude is a weekly documentary programme of human interest stories that feature people living with a disability.
Tanya  joined Attitude Pictures in 2005 after featuring in the programme telling her story of the accident that left her paralysed from the waist down. Tanya was then invited to join the team as a researcher/presenter. 5 years on, Tanya is now an Associate Producer for the company, responsible for the development of story ideas and research. She’s also been involved in the development of the Attitude Awards a unique, annual event that celebrates the achievements of people living with disability. Prior to working for Attitude, Tanya had a long and successful career as a wine buyer and restaurant manager both here and in New Zealand and the UK.
Tanya’s personal and professional experiences ignited a passion for changing attitudes towards disability and creating a voice for others.  Her knowledge of disability and ties to the community helps to guide and promote the work of Mapura Studios.


Trustee: Joanna Lusk

Joanna has a background in Financial Management, and has worked in a variety of industries, from Primary Manufacturing through to IT and Pharmaceutical R&D in her career to date. Over the last few years, her focus has been on the Health sector, working alongside charitable NGOs as well as with DHBs in Financial management roles. Joanna brings this Financial and Health sector knowledge to the Spark Board.

Joanna is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and has degrees in Finance and Accounting.


Trustee: Rod Wills

Rod Wills has held both voluntary and formal roles in the disability sector for over 30 years. While his experience as the parent of a disabled woman shaped his advocacy, recent reduced mobility following a motorcycle accident many years ago has served as a reminder of the ways that disablement is experienced. Mostly working in community and education settings Rod brings forward the view that all people are valuable, can learn and are creative. He has been the Chair of the Interacting Disability Theatre Company board for the last eight years. Previously a clinical team leader during the closure and deinstitutionalisation of residents from Mangere Hospital; Rod researches and lectures in the area of disability studies at the University of Auckland.

His own creative work is in the area of photography, and he collaborates in the making of community film as a platform for the narratives of disabled people.

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Trustee: Anna Rae

Anna Rae is currently the Gallery Coordinator at Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Auckland Council. Anna worked at Mapura Studios from 2006 to 2009 as an art tutor. Since then she has worked as an art educator, public programmer and gallery coordinator. Anna works with artists and communities, encouraging participation and collaboration in creative projects that contribute to people’s well-being and creative development.


Trustee - John Ferriss

John's background is in broadcasting and advertising. He was the Creative Director of More FM Auckland and Chanel Z. Since 2008, he has run his own boutique advertising agency, Windupbird Ltd. However, his passion is visual art; John paints, illustrates and makes digital collages.

His involvement with Māpura Studios started at the beginning of 2017 as a volunteer in the Wednesday morning Studio Practice class. As well as continuing as a volunteer, John looks after Māpura's social media. 

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Trustee - Karen Fraser Payne

Karen Fraser Payne has a background in communications, government, the arts, and the disability sector, and is an accredited communications practitioner.

Karen is currently acting general manager for Hohepa Auckland, a residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities.

She is also a director of Hohepa Auckland and Dance Aotearoa (DANZ) and is a former founding trustee and chair of Touch Compass Dance Trust.

For the last eight years Karen was general manager for Touch Compass and prior to that was private secretary tourism to the Prime Minister and Associate Minister of Tourism, and for eight years was the corporate affairs manager for Auckland International Airport.

Karen has an adult daughter with a disability and is passionate about enabling equal access for people with disabilities to all aspects of society.

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Banner image: Athol Crosby, Bird, 2013