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: 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).

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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Banner image: Athol Crosby, Bird, 2013