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New Appointments at Tauranga Art Gallery | Toi Tauranga


Tauranga Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that we recently welcomed two new board members to the Tauranga Art Gallery Trust: Sylvia Willison (Ngāi Tamarawāho, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāi Tamawhariua) and Rachel Scott. This infusion of fresh perspectives comes precisely as we embark on a pivotal juncture within our community, propelling us into an era of unprecedented creativity and cultural significance, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Along with Sylvia and Rachel, we have also had a number of new staff jump on board. We are excited to unveil the ensemble of exceptional talent that has converged under the visionary leadership of Sonya Korohina. These new additions to our operational team don't just complete us; they magnify our capabilities, setting the stage for a symphony of innovation and artistic brilliance.

Iain Griffin
Business Development & Visitor Experience Manager


Iain has been appointed as the Business Development & Visitor Experience Manager. On one hand, he will oversee the securing of funding sources and the development of new income opportunities. Further to this, Iain is implementing a new visitor experience strategy through which he and his team will ensure that the visitor experience of the Gallery is maximised and focused from the marketing right through to the welcome at the door.

Iain brings with him a unique background and skill set in sales and first-class honours degree in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Most recently Iain has worked in the corporate sector as the Sales Manager at Trinity Wharf Hotel in where he managed the hotel's corporate rates and partnerships. Prior to sales Iain oversaw the finance and funding of Catalyst Arts Gallery - the longest running artist-run space in Europe and was the Gallery Manager at the Metropolitan Arts Centre. In addition to this Iain has exhibited his own visual art practice nationally and internationally.



Shirley-Marie Coffin
(Te Arawa / Raukawa)
Pou Ārahi Principal Cultural Advisor


Shirley-Marie has a diverse background in the arts, education, politics, heritage, business and cultural sectors. She has worked in a variety of places including the Museum of New Zealand now Te Papa, Auckland University of Technology, NZ Parliament, Heritage NZ, and Te Arawa Māori Trust Board.

With a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience Shirley-Marie as Pou Ārahi Principal Cultural Advisor is charged with developing the gallery’s first Māori Engagement Strategy and raising the cultural competency of staff with the Tauranga Art Gallery.



Duane Moyle
Redevelopment Project Manager


Duane Moyle is a familiar face to TAG - coming back full circle, he was the Exhibitions Manager from 2017 to 2021 before leaving to further his own artistic practice and provide installation and consultation services to private clients. Prior to the Gallery, he worked in the building and construction industry in various practical, managerial, and logistical roles.

Duane joins TAG for a fixed term to help manage the movement of artwork, people and equipment while the Gallery is closed for Civic centre upgrades. He will also lead the management of a number of facilities needing upgrades that will happen while the Gallery is temporarily closed.

We are so excited to have Duane back on the team during this significant time within the community to contribute toward bringing Tauranga Art Gallery into an exciting future.



Ashlee Hastings
Marketing & Communications Coordinator


Ashlee joins the TAG whānau as the newly appointed Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Born and raised in Kirkiriroa Hamilton and now firmly rooted in the Bay of Plenty, Ashlee holds a Bachelor's in Comms from the University of Waikato. She brings a diverse background from various industries however her true passion lies in the arts, making her transition to the Gallery world seamless.

Ashlee leads Tauranga Art Gallery's marketing and communications, advocating for community engagement and embodying Sonya's visionary direction. Her role involves fostering enthusiasm, creativity, and connections to elevate the Gallery's engagement and awareness, breathing life into our vision.



Janeen Gleeson
Office & Accounts Manager


Janeen has assumed the role of Office & Accounts Manager at Tauranga Art Gallery bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge from a journey through a diverse range of industries, specifically administration, and hospitality, fortifying her proficiency in organisation, time management, leadership, and streamlining process.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Janeen is now residing in the Bay of Plenty with her family and her appointment heralds an exciting new chapter, where her administrative talents converge with her passion for the arts. As Office & Accounts Manager, she is excited to weave her expertise into the fabric of Tauranga Art Gallery's narrative, contributing to our efficiency, innovation, and creative excellence.



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