Mahara Gallery background and governance


The Mahara Gallery is the district public gallery for the Kāpiti Coast. It was founded by artists and volunteers as a charitable trust in 1996. Its governance is the responsibility of a Board of Trustees. Currently there are six trustees, one appointed by Kāpiti Coast District Council. 

The gallery operates out of the original Waikanae library building, provided by the Kāpiti Coast District Council. It receives some private financial support as well as funding from the Council to cover operational costs. The exhibition programme balances quality local and national content, works in partnership with local iwi and reflects the diversity of the Kāpiti arts community.

We are a registered Charitable Trust and our number is CC2970.


Guidelines for Exhibitions Proposals





Mahara Gallery Annual Reports:

Mahara Gallery 2019-2020 Annual Report

Mahara Gallery 2018 2019 Annual Report

Mahara Gallery 2017 2018 Annual Report

Mahara Gallery 2016 2017 Annual Report

Mahara Gallery 2015 2016 Annual Report

Mahara Gallery 2014 2015 Annual Report


Mahara Gallery Staff

Janet Bayly
Mahara Gallery director curator
Janet Bayly has been director curator of Mahara Gallery since 2006. Prior to that she was an independent curator specialising in photography. She has lectured in photographic histories, design and critical theory at Massey University (2000-2002), and UCOL (formerly Manawatu :Polytechnic) from 1994-1999. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1976) and a Master of Fine Arts (1979) in photography, film and art history from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, and has worked for numerous galleries and museums around New Zealand. She develops a very active programme of exhibitions and public programmes at Mahara which presents local, national and international artists, an innovative education programme and in particular exhibitions, research and publications around the Field Collection based on Frances Hodgkins’ early work.

Kathryne Simonsen
Mahara Gallery administrator

Kathryne has been at the gallery since early 2018.  She has wide ranging experience from working in education, government and local government.  She has extensive administrative experience and among other areas, has worked within HR and Procurement.  Previous voluntary work includes Trade Aid in Kāpiti.  Kathryne works four days per week and her role includes accounts, responsibility for the retail area and volunteers, as well as undertaking a wide range of administrative tasks.

Kathryne has a Diploma in Business Administration.


Tracey Hall
Part-time admin assistant
Tracey brings a breadth of skills from the book industry: editing, proofreading and sales. She also has several years' experience in education (English-language and early childhood). She has a BA from VUW and a DipPubl [Applied] from Whitireia.

Amanda Smart
Free-lance graphic designer

Amanda’s skills in graphic design provide the professionalism that is so important to the Gallery’s marketing, publications and media. She has a keen interest in Frances Hodgkins’ life and work and securing her legacy. Amanda has a Diploma in Visual Communication Design (Wellington Design School) and has worked in the educational publishing industry (Learning Media Ltd).


Mahara Gallery Trustees


Gordon Shroff – Chairperson

Gordon Shroff is a former senior civil servant with an interest in the arts. He graduated in History from Auckland University in 1967 and joined the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs, serving in New York, London and Samoa during his career. In the mid-1980s he headed the New Zealand Immigration Service. He was President of the Friends of Te Papa from 2012 to 2015 and served on the Friends’ Board for eight years. He was admitted as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2004.


Glen Wiggs - Treasurer

Glen Wiggs has a background in law and marketing and has been a leader in regulation of advertising for over 28 years. He was Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in New Zealand for more than 14 years before establishing the Foundation for Advertising Research (FAR), which operates in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.  He was for seven years an Adjunct Professor of Advertising Regulation at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He has also served on a number of arts-related organisations. He was admitted as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2009


Kevin Ramshaw – Secretary

Kevin Ramshaw is a former journalist and public relations practitioner. As a journalist he worked in print, radio and television. He was Managing Editor of South Otago Newspaper Ltd before working as a journalist in the United Kingdom. In the public relations field, after working in Auckland, Wellington and Hong Kong, he co-founded the Wellington public affairs agency Busby Ramshaw Grice in 1995. Before retirement in 2012, he worked for KiwiRail and its predecessor.


Queenie Rikihana-Hyland

Queenie Rikihana-Hyland is an Otaki-based author who trained as a journalist and worked for a number of publications in New Zealand and overseas as well as teaching at Whitirea Polytechnic. She is of Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa and Te Ati Awa descent and has endeavoured to represent her iwi on the Mahara Gallery Trust Board since 2001. She has been an Otaki Community Board member and served as a Ministerial representative of Te Wānanga o Raukawa Mana Whakahaere Board. She has recently been Raukawa nominee to the New Zealand Māori Council for three years. She is the author of Māori Myths and Legends, published by Reed.


Janet Holborow – KCDC Representative

Janet Holborow has been Paekakariki-Raumati Ward Councillor on the Kāpiti Coast District Council since 2013 and before that was a member of the

Paekakariki Community Board for six years. She is currently Kāpiti Coast District Council Deputy Mayor. She holds an RMA Chair's Accreditation and has a strong interest in environmental and planning issues. With a Master's degree in composition and an honours degree in performance cello, she continues this dedication to the arts as a member of the Mahara Gallery Trust Board and the Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre project committee. She is Deputy Chair of the District Licensing committee.

Jill Griggs

Jill Griggs joined the Board during the 2020 year. She has an extensive background in public- and private-sector consulting work, starting as a business strategist in the engineering field and, more recently, managing legislative change in the public sector. She currently runs her own consulting business that provides facilitation, planning, governance and other similar roles to the private and public sector. She is also a mediator, professionally accredited by AMINZ.


Margaret Stevenson-Wright

Margaret Stevenson-Wright, who is currently Deputy-Chair of the Waikanae Community Board, has held a range of key roles within the education sector including at AIT (now the Auckland University of Technology), Director of Executive Development at Victoria University of Wellington and key roles within the Public Sector.  Within NZQA she managed the development of art, craft and design qualifications and with the Department for Courts, the development of the first qualification for Court Registrars.  She served for five and a half years on Massey’s HUHEC Ethics Committee and is a Justice of the Peace.


David Shand

David Shand worked for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and OECD before returning to New Zealand in 2006. He is a graduate in economics and accountancy from Victoria University of Wellington. He is currently an independent director of Auckland City Mission Housing Ltd. He was formerly chair of the Tertiary Education Commission, a member of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, chair of the 2007 Rates Inquiry and a director of Meridian Energy. He was a board member of the NZ Portrait Gallery for eight years and chaired its finance committee. He has held a financial advisory role in his iwi, Ngai Tahu.