Leon van de Eijkel, Crossroads, 2011


Nigel Borell

Nigel is a curator, writer, educator and artist who specialises in Māori art in both customary and contemporary fields of research. Nigel is of Pirirakau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Te Whakatōhea descent. Nigel was the Curator of Māori art at Auckland Art Gallery from 2015-2020. He most recently curated the large survey exhibition Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2021), for which he was the recipient of the 2021 Arts Foundation, Te Tumu Toi Moment in Time Award, He Momo.

Rachel Yates

Rachel works as Curator of Pacific Cultures at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. She is of Samoan (Vaisala, Savaii) and English (Merseyside) descent. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, where she is currently exploring a collaborative project focussed on our marginalised Pasifika communities.

Fiona Blanchard

Fiona is a highly experienced cultural sector leader who has headed up world-class, customer-centric, and operational teams for the City of Sydney, Auckland War Memorial Museum, and City Gallery Wellington. A resident of Waiheke for four years, Fiona and her husband Mike are passionate about the people, community, and place.

Dr Kriselle Baker

Kriselle (Ngāpuhi, Ngaruahine) splits her time between Waiheke and Auckland, where she works as an arts writer, editor, and publisher. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from The University of Auckland with an undergraduate degree in languages. Kriselle was a founding member of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Contemporary Benefactors and has served on the Board of Te Tuhi and The Hotere Foundation.

Patron & Benefactor Committee