'Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamura' 'When you understand the past, you know your future'
Dean Waddell - PATRON: Dean Waddell is a third-generation grocer who began working in the family supermarket in Tauranga at the age of thirteen. He graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies before purchasing the family supermarket New World Brookfield in 1992. Dean owned and successfully operated this store for 22 years, creating a leading supermarket experience for shoppers, before purchasing PAK'nSAVE Tauranga in 2013. Dean is currently the Chairman of Foodstuffs North Island a role he commenced in August 2017 and Foodstuffs New Zealand. Dean is also a Trustee of JWL Investment Trust (a trust he established in 2004). Dean is married to Julie and has three children. Outside of work he is an avid fan of motorsport, mountain biking and fishing.
Meet our Trustees | Committee members | Advisors
Bruce Farthing -CHAIR: Bruce has been a Deputy Principal of Otumoetai College for over 20 years. He has taught History for many years and has much experience at a national level in establishing curriculum as well as examining, assessing to standards, writing and presenting to the topic. As a member of the Tauranga City Council Museum Committee 1999-2007, he and Jinty Rorke invested much time in writing the 'themes' for presentation by the then-proposed museum. He passionately believes that the City of Tauranga needs a museum to tell 'our stories'.
Rosemary Protheroe - DEPUTY CHAIR: Rose has recently returned to New Zealand after working primarily in the Health and IT sectors in the UK and Europe. Skilled in transformational business and organisational change as well as governance and compliance, Rosemary has a strong interest in contributing to the arts, culture and heritage aspects of our community.
Dallas Collett - SECRETARY: Dallas has worked in the Ministry of Education for over a decade, with a range of roles over that time including project managing the closure and merger of schools and establishment of new schools. Previously Dallas had been employed at Otumoetai College, firstly as an Economics teacher and later as a Dean, then Associate Principal. Two of her three adult children and their families live in Tauranga. Dallas and her family have a strong commitment to this beautiful region.
Buddy Mikaere - IWI ADVISOR - TANGATA WHENUA representativeBuddy is a professional historian. He specialises in Maori consultation and associated activities and in Tauranga represents Ngāti Pūkenga and Ngāi Tamarawaho through their respective environmental units. For the past twenty years he has facilitated Māori consultation for many development projects working closely with government departments, local government, large corporate companies and other clients.
Puhirake Ihaka - IWI ADVISOR - TANGATA WHENUA representative: Puhirake is Chair of the Tauranga Moana Tangata Whenua Collective as well as being Chair on a number of Iwi, Hapū and community boards and committees including the Ngāti Tapu Hapū Trust, Te Matahauariki o Tauranga Moana and the Otamataha Trust. Puhirake also sits on the Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Settlement Trust and Te Runanga Trust and is a Director on Ngāi Te Rangi Fisheries Co. Ltd and the Iwi Collective Partnership.
Stan Gregec:Stan has lived in Tauranga since 1995 and has been a strong supporter of community initiatives to recognise and celebrate Tauranga’s rich cultural heritage. He has been a leading figure in the business community, and has recently stepped down as Chief Executive of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce. Stan has a long-standing interest in history, including a Masters degree in History, and contributes a strategic and community engagement perspective to the group..
Lee-Ann Taylor: We believe Heritage Cultural Centres / Museums bring a strong sense of regional identity to the people in a way that will benefit and inspire our community in many wonderful ways. They will also be a significant drawcard for local visitors and tourists alike. We also believe that we need to be creatively educating our children through contemporary museum and heritage programmes to assist them to know and understand their past and the rich history the region they live in has to offer them.
Binnie Brown: Binnie is passionate about history& heritage and particularly the stories of Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty where her family was born and brought up. Binnie believes that as a region we need to learn our stories to enjoy a strong sense of connectedness, belonging and identity with the region we live in. Binnie believes that Tauranga urgently needs an integrated history | heritage strategy with integrated experiences around the region that tells our stories to all age groups, young and old. Binnie brings an international marketing background to the committee, specialising in research, marketing plans, social media, communication and developing relationships within the community.