What’s your vision for 2017, Waiheke?

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Francisco Blaha

Francisco Blaha has been living in the pacific for over half his life and in Waiheke for a quarter of that. He has been involved in the fisheries sector since he was a teenager, starting as a deckhand he worked his way through the field of fisheries to his present as a specialist adviser a dozen international organisations and governments in more than fifty countries, including a period as a Senior Fishery Officer with UN. Most of his work focuses on supporting the integration of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Fisheries, with Catch Documentation Schemes and Fisheries Information Management Systems to fight IUU fishing in the Central and Western Pacific, but then he also ventures into doing colouring books for the kids of subsistence fishers in SE Asia, Fishing Apps for artisanal fishers in Latin America or whatever some people seems to be happy to pay for him to do. Otherwise, he is near Palm Beach swimming, paddling outriggers, waiting for waves to surf, running, tending his veggie garden, playing music and cooking for his wife and 2 kids.

Pete Russell

Pete Russell is the founder of Ooooby – an online trading platform for local and small-scale food. Pete is driven by a vision of a more sustainable food system and believes that small-scale food is a big part of the solution.

Pete Russell

Pete Russell is the founder of Ooooby – an online trading platform for local and small-scale food. Pete is driven by a vision of a more sustainable food system and believes that small-scale food is a big part of the solution.

Dr. Zara Stanhope

Dr Stanhope is Principal Curator and Head of Programmes at Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, where she leads the exhibition and visitor engagement programmes, learning, outreach, volunteer guides and a public research library.
She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at AUT University, Auckland and at RMIT University, Melbourne, and holds a PhD from the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra, which focused on the international development of socially engaged art practice.
Her institutional roles have included Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia (2002−08); inaugural Director of the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1999–2002), and Assistant Director, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (1993–1999), all institutions where she was instrumental in commissioning artworks for public and outdoor sites. Current Board roles include headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Auckland;
Art Monthly Australia and St Paul Street Gallery, AUT University, Auckland.
Zara is a curator, writer and researcher concerned to activate public engagement with, and opportunities for, creative practices in the global South.

Tiffany Singh

Tiffany Singh is an Installation based social practice artist. Her philosophies and practices encompass influences as varied as Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient culture.
She was born in New Zealand of Maori, Indian and Pacific Island decent. Her interest in cultural preservation and desire to integrate this into her arts practice led to Singh working in the Volunteer sector in northern India in 2005.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2008 she has applied a similar framework to her practice, working on sustainable community outreach and focusing on participatory works that have community building as their primary objective, whilst exploring her academic enquiry of the role of the sacred in contemporary society.
Singh was awarded the Colin McCahon Residency where she explored themes of healing through addressing grief, death and dying in the social practice project Calling A Circle that has been integrated by Hospice West Auckland.

Tiffany Singh

Tiffany Singh is an Installation based social practice artist. Her philosophies and practices encompass influences as varied as Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient culture.
She was born in New Zealand of Maori, Indian and Pacific Island decent. Her interest in cultural preservation and desire to integrate this into her arts practice led to Singh working in the Volunteer sector in northern India in 2005.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2008 she has applied a similar framework to her practice, working on sustainable community outreach and focusing on participatory works that have community building as their primary objective, whilst exploring her academic enquiry of the role of the sacred in contemporary society.
Singh was awarded the Colin McCahon Residency where she explored themes of healing through addressing grief, death and dying in the social practice project Calling A Circle that has been integrated by Hospice West Auckland.

Timmy Smith

As a mum, wife, sister, daughter, aunty, friend, and creator, Timmy has a deep passion for evoking memories and for people, places and purposes she encounters.
A generous and spirited soul Timmy is proud to be a member of our Waiheke community.
Never one to do things by the book, her life to date has led her to experience many gentle wonders and varied roles to which she has been honoured and humbled to be a part of.

Susi Newborne

Daughter of an Argentinean diplomat in London, Susi is one of the founders of Greenpeace.
She bought and named the trawler “Rainbow Warrior” and has campaigned for Friends of the Earth and Oxfam, more recently on climate change and inequality. She is author of the book “A bonfire in my mouth” and she is a documentary film-maker. Her film Kit & Maynie: Tea, Scones and Nuclear Disarmament was nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary at the New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival. She is currently producing the documentary Eighth Colour, about the Inupiat elder William Willoya who co-authored Warriors of the Rainbow, a seminal book of prophecies which inspired her to name the old Scottish trawler the Rainbow Warrior.
As a young woman, Susi turned her back on a lucrative career in publishing to dedicate her life to environmental and human rights activism. Her current motto is “Still Rainbow, more Warrior!”.

Susi Newborne

Daughter of an Argentinean diplomat in London, Susi is one of the founders of Greenpeace.
She bought and named the trawler “Rainbow Warrior” and has campaigned for Friends of the Earth and Oxfam, more recently on climate change and inequality. She is author of the book “A bonfire in my mouth” and she is a documentary film-maker. Her film Kit & Maynie: Tea, Scones and Nuclear Disarmament was nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary at the New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival. She is currently producing the documentary Eighth Colour, about the Inupiat elder William Willoya who co-authored Warriors of the Rainbow, a seminal book of prophecies which inspired her to name the old Scottish trawler the Rainbow Warrior.
As a young woman, Susi turned her back on a lucrative career in publishing to dedicate her life to environmental and human rights activism. Her current motto is “Still Rainbow, more Warrior!”.

Grant Bridger

Grant Bridger has just returned to Waiheke after 3 years in town, following a 14-year stint on the island, where he performed various concerts, directed Footrot Flats and the kid’s show Pete The Barefoot Postman. He is better known for performances in theatre, mostly musicals, which saw him tour Japan twice in Phantom of the Opera, Australia for 600 performances of Superstar and even a musical Fair Play for Eve in New York. He was blessed to play ‘Snoopy’ in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown which led to a long association after an invitation to join the Mercury Theatre Company, performing in the comedies, classic musicals like Carousel, South Pacific and Godspell as well as Shakespeare, and in new NZ plays in the smaller Gods Theatre, and even Opera. In Lucia Di Lammermoor, he had to step in for one of the soloists. His mother happened to be in the audience and when he proudly asked what she thought of his performance, she answered: “I think comedy is your forte dear.” His love of Waiheke inspired his new musical and venture Petty Crime. With his comedic flair, he has a dramatic tale to share.

Tanya Batt

Tanya is a self-confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic. Hailing from Waiheke Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand she is a South Pacific pirate princess, a black butterfly, a word warbler and story stitcher, who channeled her childhood propensity for talking and her love of dressing up into a real ‘imaginary job’.
Stories have put food on her table and a roof over her head near a quarter of a century, enabling her to share her work in over 20 countries. She is a published author and arts educator whose love for the natural world and curiosity for the mysteries of life feed her ever playful repertoire.

Lynsey Champion

Lynsey was born and raised in New Zealand. Her extended family were avid “crafters” so early in life she was an accomplished at knitting, sewing and other craft. From the age of 10, she was making craft and selling to neighbors and family.
When she left school, she embarked on an accounting career which she became bored with so travelled most of her 20s and came back to live in NZ permanently in 1993. She accidentally happened upon a career in Hat-making by making a hat for herself. On the very day she made her first hat, she met Helen McIntyre from Buana Satu in a restaurant – Helen asked if Lynsey could make some for her shop. That shop still sells Lynsey’s hats today.
Lynsey moved from Coromandel to Waiheke in 2005 with her daughter Maya. Being self employed has enabled Lynsey to dabble in other fields like event management, fashion shows, theatre and advertising. Today she lives in Surfdale with her partner Steve in their “do-up” which will soon have her new hat workshop and showroom.

Raul Sarrot

Raul is a designer, strategist and a design-thinking coach who specialises in helping enterprises incorporate design into all areas of their organisations, from board discussions to internal processes, from brand creation to targeted communications campaigns.
Raul offers a rich background as a multi-disciplinary designer, academic lecturer and researcher. This experience has been forged over 25 years working alongside a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit clients nationally and internationally.
Following a successful international career with various design and brand strategy firms, Raul founded Freshfish, his own boutique strategy and design studio. Raul is also a Chairman of AUT Communication Design Advisory Committee, a Design Coach for NZTE Better By Design programme, a part-time Design lecturer, a music composer, a ‘world-famous-on-Waiheke’ pizza cook and a proud father of 3 girls!

Sarah Flashman

I wonder if a woman of mystery is that because she is coy about her real identity. Not necessarily coy-cute but rather coy-choosy; how much will she show you? Take Sarah – those who know her well may think she’s far too shy to speak in public. Those who think they know her better know her as the the Westie chick rocking it out on the drums. Those who feel like they know her just that bit more intimately find her to be an incredibly creative yet directed person who can cock her head to one side and listen to you as though you are the only one in the world. Ahhhh, but those who think they know her better than everyone think of her as an earth mother who embraces nature, family life and her burgeoning career as a Wellness Coach. Mystery solved – or is it?

Listen to all the talks from our last event – Imagination.

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