Annah Pickering


Annah Pickering has been involved with not for profit community organisation New Zealand Prostitutes Collective for 20 years, served on different advisory roles within government organisations, not for profit sector, a member of Auckland Rough Sleepers Initiative, NZ Coalition to End Homelessness, a member of Global Network of Sex Work Projects, Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers working group representative of NZPC in an advisory group with WHO (World Health Organisation), UNFPA, UNDHP UNAIDS advocating for human rights of sex workers.  Annah has experience on community development, programme development, expert on NZ Model ‘Decriminalisation of Sex Work’, research, policy and social justice activism. 

Cameron Webster


Cameron Webster is of Niuean culture and heritage which provides him with a rich, diverse view of the world and Pacific issues. Hailing from the village of Fineone Hakupu Atua, Cameron has been priviliged to travel back and forth between his two homelands.

Kenneth Tuai


Kenneth Tuai is of Tongan descent from ‘Ata, Houma,'Eua; Navutoka in Tongatapu, Falevai in Vava'u. He is a Town Planner by profession and currently works for Auckland Transport as an Elected Member Relationship Manager. This enables him to contribute to the transformative development of Tāmaki Makaurau as a region by engaging with decision makers to reflect local priorities within a wider strategic context. He has a wide range of interests including Tongan history, culture, arts and philosophy and made a number of visits to major international museums with Tongan collections in pursuing these interests. He has a passion for supporting local communities and initiatives, particularly in the arts. Kenneth grew up in Ōtāhuhu, Auckland where lives with his wife, Kolokesa and two daughters, Meleseini & Akesiumeimoana.

Sandra Kailahi


Sandra worked as a journalist in mainstream and Pacific media for over two decades working for programmes such as Tagata Pasifika, Fair Go, Te Karere, One News and TVNZ 7.  She now specialises in Communications for Social Change and works as the Chief Storyteller for Pacific social change agency, The Cause Collective based in Manukau.  She's an author, playwright and a film producer. Sandra produced her first feature documentary, For My Father’s Kingdom in 2019 which had its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. She currently sits on the New Zealand Film Commission board.

Seulupe Dr. Falaniko Tominiko


Falaniko Tominiko hails from the villages of Apia, Aleisa, Lotofaga, Matatufu, Satitoa, Satapuala, Salailua, Safotu, Samauga, Falealupo in Western Samoa; and Pava’ia’i in American Samoa. Currently based in Mangere, Falaniko is all-round South Aucklander.

Falaniko studied Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland and is am currently the Director of Pacific Success at the Unitec Institute of Technology. His interests are in Pacific leadership, history, languages, arts and culture.

Marama T-Pole

Marama T-Pole is of Tuvaluan/Pakeha descent. Her professional  background is as a journalist and television director. She has worked for Tagata Pasifika on TV One since 2005. In this role, she has covered Pacific news, current affairs and long format progammes for the flagship Pacific show. Marama has a passion for promoting Tuvalu heritage arts and has enjoyed curating exhibitions for local Tuvalu artists.   

Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu
BA, BA (hons), MA (University of Auckland) 

Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu hails from Grey Lynn, the villages of Mulifanua and Salelologa, Samoa and is the proud mum to Mikaela Kei-Aloha. Seiuli Terri is the Director of ASB Polyfest – the largest cultural festival of its kind and is the Founder of Black Sei Productions specialising in the areas of event and project management, cultural literacy and community and corporate engagement.
She has over 15 years’ experience in the Tertiary Sector having worked in several universities and polytechnics in student recruitment, equity senior leadership and Pacific development. Seiuli Terri is an experienced innovator in facilitation, community engagement, financial and events management and has a passion for intergeneration knowledge, community and pacific wellbeing, Samoan tatau (tattoo) and Pacific cultures of learning.

Jarcinda Stowers-Ama

Jarcinda Stowers-Ama is the Director for the Pacifica Arts Centre. Almost twenty years ago, a small group of Pacific Artists, under the guidance of Pacific Arts Advocate Mary Ama, would meet regularly to share, revive, learn and grow pacific arts and culture. Despite the fact that they had no official base, they continued tirelessly in their efforts to develop Pacific Arts in the region.

Christine Nurminen

Christine is a modern mother, believer and advocate with a healthy respect for the mana of diverse people. Born in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Christine completed her MA (Hons) in Education at the University of Auckland. Her dissertation topic was based on an early childhood centre in Mangere. Christine is bi-lingual, she is a children’s book author, researcher with over fifteen years’ experience working in government, not-for-profit and community in various leadership roles, policy and funder roles. Christine has worked to build relationships that create better environments for change. Christine is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the oldest Pacific community education provider in Aotearoa and she is part of a generation of diverse leaders who understand that families and children are the cornerstone of strong communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Auckland Museum Trust Board

The following people are involved in the governance of Auckland War Memorial Museum:


Orchid Atimalala



Orchid Atimalala has an extensive background working with local government organisations including the North Shore City Council and Auckland Regional Council. She has a Bachelor of Planning degree and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute as well as being a Certified Independent Hearings Commissioner. Orchid works for two independent consultancies and specialises in community and stakeholder consultation as well as relationship management with local and central government. She has held positions on a number of boards including being deputy chair of the Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel and a member of the In2it Youth Development Trust Board. Orchid is a fluent speaker of Sāmoan and a mentor for the Beatrice Faumuina Leadership Trust.

Tarun Kanji

Deputy Chair


Tarun Kanji has 25 years corporate and consulting experience internationally and in New Zealand comprising time spent with international accounting firms spanning corporate advisory, valuation, finance, litigation support, and recovery and audit disciplines. He currently holds two publically listed company directorships and a range of private and public sector governance roles and was chairman of Bank of India in New Zealand.

Mr Kanji is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as well as a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and NZ Asian Leaders.

Professor Richard Bedford


Professor Bedford QSO, FRSNZ has had a distinguished academic career for which he holds titles as Emeritus Professor at the University of Waikato and the Auckland University of Technology.  He has recently completed a three-year term as of President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

With wide-ranging experience chairing national governance groups and funding assessment panels, Professor Bedford's expertise will enhance the Board's connections with the tertiary research sector and new research funding streams.

Jo Brosnahan QSO


Jo Brosnahan is presently Chair of Hunter Downs Development Company and Northpower Fibre and was the founding Chair of Leadership New Zealand. She was the CEO of the former Auckland Regional Council from 1996 till 2004. In 1995-96 she received a Harkness Fellowship in Leadership to study at Duke University in the USA and is also a Commander of the Queens Service Order (QSO).

Martin Mariassouce


He honore he kororia ki te Atua, he maungarongo ki te whenua, he whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa. Tamaki Paenga Hira is a repository of knowledge, endeavour and the industry of people. It provides insights to the past, stands in the present, and offers pathways to the future. Martin Mariassouce was chairperson of the museum's Māori advisory committee, the Taumata-ā-Iwi, from 2007 to 2013. In October 2013 he joined the Trust Board as the Taumata's representative. As an avid student of 'te reo me ona tikanga' he contributes keenly to the Māori dimension established in the museum’s bicultural and 'He Kōrahi Māori' foundation adding value to museum practice. Martin currently works with Māori micro-enterprises and small businesses to increase productivity and business capability.

Dr Sarah Sandley


Dr Sarah Sandley serves as Advisory Chair for the Katherine Mansfield Society, and is on the Auckland Branch Committee of the Institute of Directors. She is a former Chair of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival Trust, and was previously CEO of APN Magazine Group. Sarah holds a PHD in English Literature on the work of New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield.

Sir Pita Sharples  KNZM CBE

Sir Pita Sharples is a respected Māori academic and politician, who was a co-leader of the Māori Party, and a minister outside Cabinet in the National Party-led government. Pita has a doctorate in Anthropology/Linguistics and was formerly a Professor of Education at The University of Auckland. Pita is of Ngāti Kahungunu decent, and his father a second generation New Zealander whose family came from Bolton, United Kingdom.

In 1990 Pita was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday list of honours for his services to Māori and has been recognised for his involvement in a great number of initiatives aimed at Māori development. In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament and to Māori.

Jo-anne Wilkinson  MNZM


Jo-anne Wilkinson is the co-founder and former Executive Director of the Foundation for Youth Development (formerly Project K Trust). The organisation began in 1995 and has grown today to reach 20,000 young people each year through its programmes - Project K, Stars, Kiwi Can, Career Navigator and MYND. Jo-anne remains on the FYD board. With her legal background and through building FYD Jo-anne has gained experience in licensing, research and evaluation, community development, programme development, quality assurance, organisational change, governance and the interface between government, business and the social sector.

Karen Avery


Karen Avery has been involved with not-for-profit community organisations in a variety of roles for over 30 years. She has served on the boards of a wide range of these organisations, the most recent being Second Nature Charitable Trust, which owns and operates the Vodafone Events Centre and Wero Whitewater Park in Manukau.

Karen’s background is in management and finance primarily in the advertising and book publishing industries. She is also a Justice of the Peace.

Mark Binns


Mark Binns is an experienced Director and former Chief Executive, with a background in construction, property development and asset management. 

Mr Binns served as Chief Executive of Meridian Energy for five years, during which time he was responsible for major strategic reviews, and the launch of New Zealand’s largest Initial Public Offering.

Prior to this, Mr Binns career spanned 22 years in both Fletcher Building and Fletcher Challenge, where he was responsible for operations in New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, India, South America, the United States and the South Pacific. 

Mr Binns joined the Auckland Museum Trust Board in 2018 and holds the role of Chairperson for the Future Museum Capital Programme Committee.