We want you to join us on this journey...

We believe that communities flourish with strong arts participation.
We seek collaboration with and contributions from individuals and businesses
so we can support the Tauranga Art Gallery into the future.

As a charitable trust, we’re focused on the long-term advancement of the gallery and its influence.
Our growth strategy includes renovations, the expansion of the facility,
and the acquisition of notable works of arts. Our projects include publications, staff scholarships
and support for artists in residence. We also provide assistance for special exhibitions.

We’re proud to be a collaborative organisation that embraces diversity and builds business and
community support by staying true to our inclusive mission.

We need your help to make a difference and ensure that art in the region
can continue to touch people and enrich lives.

Thank you.

 

Our Trustees

  Rosie Dawson-Hewes Chairperson   Rosie has lived in Tauranga since 2011 and is a passionate advocate for both the arts and the city. She is a communications and marketing consultant, working with a number of organisations, including teaching foundational marketing and business skills to students in Toi Ohomai's Bachelor of Creative Industries. She has previously worked in banking and journalism - as a sub-editor for both Fairfax and NZME, as editor of local newspaper, Bay News, and managing editor of five community newspapers in the region. She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History and Psychology, a graduate diploma in journalism and a post-graduate diploma in marketing. She lives in Mount Maunganui with her husband.

Rosie Dawson-Hewes
Chairperson

Rosie has lived in Tauranga since 2011 and is a passionate advocate for both the arts and the city. She is a communications and marketing consultant, working with a number of organisations, including teaching foundational marketing and business skills to students in Toi Ohomai's Bachelor of Creative Industries.
She has previously worked in banking and journalism - as a sub-editor for both Fairfax and NZME, as editor of local newspaper, Bay News, and managing editor of five community newspapers in the region.
She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History and Psychology, a graduate diploma in journalism and a post-graduate diploma in marketing.
She lives in Mount Maunganui with her husband.

  Ian Cross Treasurer   Ian was born in Tauranga, attending Tauranga Boys' College before completing a Pharmacy degree at Otago University. He worked in hospitals in Rotorua, Taupo and London before joining his family-owned company - Bay of Plenty Times, where he became managing director.  Ian left the company after it was sold in 1993 and has been managing his family trust since, with investments in shares, kiwifruit, commercial property and forestry. He joined the Te Puna Quarry Park Society shortly after it was formed and has served as president, treasurer and, now, pest controller. He has also been trustee and chairperson of  The Elms and Tauranga Art Gallery. He was chairperson when the Gallery opened. Ian has three daughters and three grandchildren, and enjoys gardening and golf.

Ian Cross
Treasurer

Ian was born in Tauranga, attending Tauranga Boys' College before completing a Pharmacy degree at Otago University.
He worked in hospitals in Rotorua, Taupo and London before joining his family-owned company - Bay of Plenty Times, where he became managing director.  Ian left the company after it was sold in 1993 and has been managing his family trust since, with investments in shares, kiwifruit, commercial property and forestry.
He joined the Te Puna Quarry Park Society shortly after it was formed and has served as president, treasurer and, now, pest controller. He has also been trustee and chairperson of  The Elms and Tauranga Art Gallery. He was chairperson when the Gallery opened.
Ian has three daughters and three grandchildren, and enjoys gardening and golf.

  Phillida Perry Trustee   Phillida is a former lawyer with a long association with the visual arts in Tauranga.  Until 2014, she was trustee and chairperson of the Tauranga Art Gallery Trust. She helped establish the Tauranga Art Gallery Foundation Trust in 2015.  Phillida and her husband, George Savill, operated a dealer gallery - George Perry Gallery - and, in 2008, she established an art collective, Kunst, with 15 art-loving women from across New Zealand. She has been on many art collecting adventures. Phillida is a director of HRVBOP and is Managing Director of Mobility Equipment & Services Limited. Phillida is mother to three beautiful daughters and lives in Mount Maunganui.

Phillida Perry
Trustee

Phillida is a former lawyer with a long association with the visual arts in Tauranga.  Until 2014, she was trustee and chairperson of the Tauranga Art Gallery Trust. She helped establish the Tauranga Art Gallery Foundation Trust in 2015. 
Phillida and her husband, George Savill, operated a dealer gallery - George Perry Gallery - and, in 2008, she established an art collective, Kunst, with 15 art-loving women from across New Zealand. She has been on many art collecting adventures.
Phillida is a director of HRVBOP and is Managing Director of Mobility Equipment & Services Limited.
Phillida is mother to three beautiful daughters and lives in Mount Maunganui.

  Natalie Bridges Trustee   Natalie is Director of Tauranga public relations and marketing company Blink, which she founded in 2012. Originally from the UK, she had various media roles there, including at the BBC, before working as a journalist at Bay of Plenty Times, MoreFM radio and RadioLIVE, then was editor of national magazines Simply You and Simply You Living. Natalie also serves on the boards of Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) and  The Incubator. She's passionate about growing arts and culture as a critical contributor to the vibrancy and economic growth of Tauranga.  Natalie has an MA in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

Natalie Bridges
Trustee

Natalie is Director of Tauranga public relations and marketing company Blink, which she founded in 2012.
Originally from the UK, she had various media roles there, including at the BBC, before working as a journalist at Bay of Plenty Times, MoreFM radio and RadioLIVE, then was editor of national magazines Simply You and Simply You Living.
Natalie also serves on the boards of Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) and  The Incubator. She's passionate about growing arts and culture as a critical contributor to the vibrancy and economic growth of Tauranga. 
Natalie has an MA in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

  John Meldrum Trustee   John is a consultant and former partner at Sharp Tudhope Laywers.  He has had a wide practice, principally assisting commercial property developers in Tauranga – recently including Westpac Centre, 11th Avenue, Tauranga Central in Cameron Road and Craigs Investment Partners. For some years he was a director of FMM (Manager of FMT) and currently serves on FMT’s loan committee. He is director of several property companies and a trustee of Waipuna Hospice Foundation, chairing its investment sub-committee. John and his wife have been part of community organisations in Tauranga since arriving in 1969.

John Meldrum
Trustee

John is a consultant and former partner at Sharp Tudhope Laywers.  He has had a wide practice, principally assisting commercial property developers in Tauranga – recently including Westpac Centre, 11th Avenue, Tauranga Central in Cameron Road and Craigs Investment Partners. For some years he was a director of FMM (Manager of FMT) and currently serves on FMT’s loan committee. He is director of several property companies and a trustee of Waipuna Hospice Foundation, chairing its investment sub-committee. John and his wife have been part of community organisations in Tauranga since arriving in 1969.

 

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