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Ursula Valeli
Arts & Funding Administrator

BFA Fashion Design

Ursula has a background in the fashion industry working in Production for Trelise Cooper and Jane Daniels Design.  In 2010 she took leave to have her first child who tragically was born with SMA1, a type of Muscular Dystrophy which typically takes children’s lives at 8 months old.  Her son, Reuben, lived to be over two years old.  Two healthy sons on, and several years running her own business in the Events industry, she is delighted to come on board at Māpura in a Funding and Marketing capacity.  She brings her passion for those living with disability, and creative flair to the role, as well as crossing t’s and dotting i’s! 

Ursula is also a night class student at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, working towards becoming fluent in Te Reo Māori.