About New Zealand Portrait Gallery

Our Vision: Portraying New Zealanders and our cultural heritage to all New Zealanders

 

Our aim is to present portraits of our peoples who, from various cultural or political standpoints, have shaped our country’s development or influenced the way we think about ourselves. Our collection is growing as portraits are donated and sponsored.

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery was registered as a charitable Trust in 1990. It was the brainchild of Bill and Judy Williams with the encouragement of the former Prime Minister Sir John Marshall. Their sterling efforts and those of dedicated volunteers have seen the Gallery grow into an institution with its own professional staff, the long leasehold of a heritage building as its Gallery space - Shed 11 – and a strong and effective Board of Trustees.

Patron
The Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy.

Trustee Emeritus
Mr. Denis Adam, CNZM                                                         

Trustees
Dr. Keith Ovenden  (Chair)

Mr Mike Curtis
Mr. Hugh Fletcher
Ms Donna Nicolof                    

Ms Diane Morcom CNZM, CVO

Mr David Shand
Ms. Elizabeth Stringer
Mrs Eve Wallace

Hon. Treasurer
Mr. Richard Tuckey

President of the Friends of the Portrait Gallery

Jane Kircaldie

The work of the Gallery is guided by three Committees - the Programme Committee, the Finance Committee and the Administration Committee, each of which is headed by one of the Trustees.

Staff

Director
Ms. Gaelen Macdonald, BVA, MFA

Registrar / Gallery Administrator
Ms. Anita Robertson, BA, Canterbury, PG Dip ARC, PG Dip MusStud

Audience Engagement & Comminications Officer

Melissa McNulty, BA(Hons), PG Cert Paralegal Stud (USD)

Development & Donor Support Officer

Mike Britton

Volunteers

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery relies on a team of amazing volunteers to run the front of house and help out with events. We are eternally grateful to their contribution to the Gallery and would not be able to run without them. If you are interested in getting involved in volunteering with the NZPG click here to contact Ruby Eade.

For further details see the Annual Reports.

Funding

The Gallery relies entirely on donations from individuals and organisations for its ongoing work, and on the sponsorship of the Adam Foundation for its biennial portrait competition.

In 2010 we purchased a long term lease on Shed 11 with the assistance of a government grant of $750,000 through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage; a donation of $500,000 from an anonymous donor; $100,000 from Wellington City Council through its subsidiary, Wellington Waterfront Ltd; a grant of $10,000 from the Nikau Foundation and $120,000 raised by our Friends and supporters.

Shed 11 was refurbished in 2012, both to improve its earthquake resistance, and to provide enhanced Gallery facilities. These improvements were made by Wellington Waterfront Ltd., with the assistance of some additional generous contributions from individual donors.