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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: Luka Grbavac, Tabita Sales, Shane Oerder, Kathie Boyd (Secretary), Doug Leith (Treasurer), Karen Gardiner

Front left to right: Clint Taniguchi (General Manager), Chris Cooper (Chairperson), Erin Burrell (Deputy Chairperson)

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.

Doug Leith, Treasurer

Doug has lived in and around the Bays for the greater part of his life. He is a retired CA having worked for forty years in both New Zealand and overseas, has represented NZ in sailing, and is a life member of Murrays Bay Sailing Club. Three of Doug's four children and their families live in the Bays; they all love the lifestyle so much. After an inspiring holiday through Europe 25 years ago, especially Italy, Doug was inspired to take up photography leading to his obsession with painting sea and landscapes. Doug welcomes the opportunity to serve and assist at the Arts Centre.


Erin Burrell, Deputy Chair

Originally from Canada, Erin Burrell is a transplanted Kiwi having been in NZ since 2013. Erin runs a consulting company focussed on data driven decision making and has more than 20 years of experience working in the corporate sector. She is currently pursuing a PhD in HRM targeting Diversity & Inclusion at Massey University where she also lectures on the topic. Additionally, Erin holds a seat on the board of CIB Limited where the vision is to spread the stoke of sport around the globe.


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.


Shane Oerder

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.

Tabita Sales

Tabita Sales and her young family settled here from South Africa at the end of 2019. She is an experienced and multi-skilled creative with demonstrated success within the community and education sectors. Tabita holds an Honours Degree in Art History as well a postgraduate teaching qualification. She is passionate about the arts and motivated to serve her new community. 




Management Staff

Board Members

  • Chris Cooper (Chair)
  • Erin Burrell  (Deputy Chair)
  • Douglas Leith(Treasurer)
  • Kathie Boyd (Secretary & Health & Safety Officer)
  • Karen Gardiner
  • Shane Oerder
  • Luka Grbavac
  • Tabita Sales