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: Joanna Redfern-Hardisty

Jo currently heads up JRPR, a full public relations service company established in 2008.  She has directed high profile accounts across tourism, hospitality, healthcare, retail, FMCG and not-for-profit sectors; and has been responsible for developing innovative communications strategies and award winning awareness programmes for some of New Zealand’s leading companies and brands.  

Jo has a Bachelor of Communications Studies from AUT majoring in public relations and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Auckland.


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: Andrew Riley

Trustee: Ian Sutcliffe

Ian is currently General Manager and a Director of AA Smartfuel, which is a Joint Venture between the Automobile Association of New Zealand and Smartfuel NZ. From launching nationally 3 years ago, AA Smartfuel has grown rapidly with almost 1.8 million registered cardholders.

Smartfuel NZ was a start-up company that developed and initially launched the loyalty platform that now drives the AA Smartfuel programme. Prior to launching Smartfuel NZ 4 ½ years ago, Ian was part of the Executive teams at both McDonald’s NZ Ltd and Westpac NZ Ltd, where he headed up the Marketing, Insights, Sponsorship, Sustainability and Media Relations functions.

Ian has also held Director and Trustee positions with McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sir Peter Blake Trust (alternate trustee).


Banner image: Athol Crosby, Bird, 2013