Our Board.

 
Gunhild Litwin  “Kia Ora, ko Gunhild Litwin ahau.  I was elected to the SECA board 2017 and am proud to be part of the team that helped the Palmy community arts scene become visible and relevant.  I am excited to keep pushing for the arts to become an integral part of our city culture.”

Gunhild Litwin

“Kia Ora, ko Gunhild Litwin ahau.

I was elected to the SECA board 2017 and am proud to be part of the team that helped the Palmy community arts scene become visible and relevant.

I am excited to keep pushing for the arts to become an integral part of our city culture.”

Astarté - Secretary  Astarte has always had a penchant for art, exploring various media since childhood, especially 2D and 3D fine arts. Nowadays her art is mostly stand up comedy. She still produces doodles and sketches when she has time.  Astarte joined SECA Board in 2017 as secretary to enable artists to pursue and showcase their work.

Astarté - Secretary

Astarte has always had a penchant for art, exploring various media since childhood, especially 2D and 3D fine arts. Nowadays her art is mostly stand up comedy. She still produces doodles and sketches when she has time.

Astarte joined SECA Board in 2017 as secretary to enable artists to pursue and showcase their work.

Rachel Bowen  Palmerston North City Councillor Rachel Bowen is appointed to the Board of Square Edge Community Arts by PNCC for this term of council (2016-9). Rachel is a second term City Councillor and chairs the Arts Culture and Heritage Committee. She is a passionate advocate for the arts community of Palmerston North. She says 'I was delighted to be selected by Council as the appointment to SECA. Community Arts provides ways for communities to express themselves, supports artists to engage in creative activity, and provides collaborative opportunities. The impact of art on a personal and community level is significant and deserves our support.'

Rachel Bowen

Palmerston North City Councillor Rachel Bowen is appointed to the Board of Square Edge Community Arts by PNCC for this term of council (2016-9). Rachel is a second term City Councillor and chairs the Arts Culture and Heritage Committee. She is a passionate advocate for the arts community of Palmerston North. She says 'I was delighted to be selected by Council as the appointment to SECA. Community Arts provides ways for communities to express themselves, supports artists to engage in creative activity, and provides collaborative opportunities. The impact of art on a personal and community level is significant and deserves our support.'

 
Roger Buchanan  Roger Buchanan has a MA(Hons) degree in Music and worked in music education for 32 years.  Trained as a classical pianist, Roger is a former solo recording artist for the Radio NZ Concert Programme and works extensively as an accompanist and musician. He has extensive musical theatre experience as a musical director and piano/keyboardist and also works in concert and event management.  Roger is keen to see Square Edge further developed as a hub for the arts and embed SECA as the central agency for promoting the arts in the Manawatu.

Roger Buchanan

Roger Buchanan has a MA(Hons) degree in Music and worked in music education for 32 years.

Trained as a classical pianist, Roger is a former solo recording artist for the Radio NZ Concert Programme and works extensively as an accompanist and musician. He has extensive musical theatre experience as a musical director and piano/keyboardist and also works in concert and event management.

Roger is keen to see Square Edge further developed as a hub for the arts and embed SECA as the central agency for promoting the arts in the Manawatu.

Veronica Cozzi - Chairperson  Veronica was born in the city of Santa Fe, centre east of Argentina. She emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 in search of new beginnings and adventure. She has a degree in Marketing Communication and a strong background in business management. Veronica has been passionate about arts since a very young age, putting puppets shows for her siblings growing up and writing scripts and acting in middle school plays. During her youth, Veronica has been involved in many forms of performing arts; ballet, theatre, aerial theatre, stilt dancing and juggling. She has even been a living statue! In New Zealand, Veronica has been involved with the Brazilian drums group Samba ao Vento and the Latin dance group, performing in various events. Veronica believes artistic expression is a powerful tool for self-discovery and the construction of oneʼs identity. Veronica has decided to combine her entrepreneurial spirit, business mind and passion for arts to become a member of the Board of Square Edge Community Arts in 2018. She aims to work in expanding community engagement in the arts as well as helping emerging artist to showcase their talents.

Veronica Cozzi - Chairperson

Veronica was born in the city of Santa Fe, centre east of Argentina. She emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 in search of new beginnings and adventure. She has a degree in Marketing Communication and a strong background in business management. Veronica has been passionate about arts since a very young age, putting puppets shows for her siblings growing up and writing scripts and acting in middle school plays. During her youth, Veronica has been involved in many forms of performing arts; ballet, theatre, aerial theatre, stilt dancing and juggling. She has even been a living statue! In New Zealand, Veronica has been involved with the Brazilian drums group Samba ao Vento and the Latin dance group, performing in various events. Veronica believes artistic expression is a powerful tool for self-discovery and the construction of oneʼs identity. Veronica has decided to combine her entrepreneurial spirit, business mind and passion for arts to become a member of the Board of Square Edge Community Arts in 2018. She aims to work in expanding community engagement in the arts as well as helping emerging artist to showcase their talents.

Trevor Mills  “Born and bred in Palmy since 1984. Based in my home studio I work with mainly oil paints. I enjoying creating narratives through portraiture and tattoo influenced art. I decided to join the SECA board to better engage with the Manawatu arts community and help achieve SECA's mission by enhancing the interested public's engagement.”

Trevor Mills

“Born and bred in Palmy since 1984. Based in my home studio I work with mainly oil paints. I enjoying creating narratives through portraiture and tattoo influenced art. I decided to join the SECA board to better engage with the Manawatu arts community and help achieve SECA's mission by enhancing the interested public's engagement.”

 
Bernadette Peters  “I am a photographic artist and Iʼve also worked full-time for the past 20 years as a commercial and portrait photographer. Iʼve always had an interest in creating images. I have a studio in the Square Edge Arts Centre and I love being surrounded by other creatives.”

Bernadette Peters

“I am a photographic artist and Iʼve also worked full-time for the past 20 years as a commercial and portrait photographer. Iʼve always had an interest in creating images. I have a studio in the Square Edge Arts Centre and I love being surrounded by other creatives.”

Tim Wilson  “My name is Tim Wilson, born and raised in Palmerston North. Now residing in the greater Manawatu area. Have been in and around art circles my whole life. After a 16 year military career I studied Art full time at Whanganui School of Arts. This full time immersion back into the Art world re-kindled my fire to help bring some new initiatives to the Manawatu Art community. Joining SECA and other Arts projects/movements was a natural choice/progression for me to achieve these initiatives.”

Tim Wilson

“My name is Tim Wilson, born and raised in Palmerston North. Now residing in the greater Manawatu area. Have been in and around art circles my whole life. After a 16 year military career I studied Art full time at Whanganui School of Arts. This full time immersion back into the Art world re-kindled my fire to help bring some new initiatives to the Manawatu Art community. Joining SECA and other Arts projects/movements was a natural choice/progression for me to achieve these initiatives.”