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The Mairangi Arts Centre is a charitable trust which employs a small team dedicated to the day-to-day running of the Centre.

MAC's overarching governance is administered by a Trust Board. Board members serve on a three-year, voluntary basis and are responsible for achieving the centre’s long term vision and strategic objectives, and for ensuring that we continue to serve the needs of the local community. 

Back left to right: Clint Taniguchi (General Manager), Kathie Boyd (Secretary), Emme Stols (Treasurer), Paola King Borrero, Karen Gardiner

Front left to right: Shane Oerder(Deputy Chair), Chris Cooper (Chairperson), Katy Turner

*Trustee Luka Grbavac (not seen here) is also currently on our Board of Trustees


Trustees' Profiles

Chris Cooper, Chairperson

Chris has been a Mairangi Bay resident for the past 22 years. He retired from a career in commerce and industry, as Head of Finance for the NZ operation of a multinational business. Retirement has allowed Chris to rekindle his interest in painting as he attends weekly classes at MAC. Chris states that he has a certain amount of spare time in retirement and see that as an opportunity to give something back to the Mairangi Bay Community.


Shane Oerder, Deputy Chair

Shane is a communications and infrastructure specialist with over 30 years of industry experience building enterprise grade cloud solutions and is currently on the board of the New Zealand Employees credit union. Shane is married with three children and his personal interests include stone and bone carving, watercolour and acrylic painting, cycling, snow skiing, hiking and kayaking.


Emme Stols, Treasurer

Emme relocated to the beautiful Bays almost 4 years ago, and settled in Mairangi Bay in 2021. She has been in the art supply industry for over 30 years and she has a passion for sculpture, pottery, and mosaic. Emme holds a Business Management Degree and intends to pursue further studies this year. The Mairangi Arts Garden and its continual evolution is a project that is of particular interest to Emme. She is looking forward to contributing to the growth and community inclusion at the Mairangi Arts Centre.


Karen Gardiner

Karen Gardiner is a local resident, teacher and trustee of The Chartwell Trust, a privately managed charitable trust whose mission is to support and articulate the value and impact of the visual arts. She hopes to enable  a deeper engagement by the community in the processes of thinking, seeing, doing and being through art and creative visual thinking for all.


Paola King Borrero

Paola grew up on the North Shore but has lived overseas in North America and Europe for over two decades. Paola holds two degrees in Art History and Painting and currently holds positions at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the Naval Musuem. As a practising artist, Paola has held numerous exhibitions in Aotearoa and internationally. Recently she has decided to pursue Post-Graduate studies in Musuem and Heritage Studies. Her interests lik in all forms of creative expression.


Katy Turner

Having grown up on the North Shore, Katy pursued architecture studies in both Aotearoa and Sweden and is now working in a boutique architecture practice in Tāmaki Makaurau. She enjoys being creative in her work and in her spare time, partaking in pursuits ranging from pottery, dance and drawing. She has volunteered with Squiggla workshops and has experience in gallery spaces, having worked as a gallery assistant at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She understands the value creativity can bring to our community and wellbeing and believes creative potential is inherent in all of us. She looks forward to being involved in the MAC community.




Management Staff

Board Members

  • Chris Cooper (Chair)
  • Shane Oerder (Deputy Chair)
  • Emme Stols (Treasurer)
  • Kathie Boyd (Secretary & Health & Safety Officer)
  • Karen Gardiner
  • Luka Grbavac
  • Tabita Sales
  • Paola King Borrero
  • Katy Turner