Board Members
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Board Members

Jeremy SmithJeremy Smith is a proud Wellingtonian along with his family, Alexandra, Amy and Benjamin. Jeremy is a local businessman running a Wellington-based Hospitality Company which owns hotels, restaurants and bars around NZ. Jeremy currently chairs the Hospitality Association Wellington branch and he is on the main Hospitality NZ board. Jeremy has been involved in the Wellington Jewish community for a number of years having spent time on the Moriah school board, Temple Sinai board, the HCNZ board and Jeremy has been chairing the HCNZ board since 2015. Jeremy is a qualified chartered accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and accounting. . Jeremy has been involved in the Wellington Jewish community for a number of years having spent time on the Moriah school board, Temple Sinai board, the HCNZ board and this year Jeremy will be chairing the HCNZ board in 2015. Jeremy is a qualified chartered accountant and he as a bachelor of commerce and accounting.
ann beaglehole profileDr. Ann Beaglehole was appointed to the Board of the Holocaust Centre in August 2014. She is a writer and historian, currently researching for Waitangi Tribunal district inquiries. She has held senior analyst roles in the public service: at Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development) and the Office of Ethnic Affairs. Her publications include: A Small Price to Pay and Facing the Past (Allen and Unwin, 1988 and 1990) about refugees from Nazism settling in New Zealand; Far from the Promised Land (Pacific Press/GP Publications, 1995) about being Jewish in New Zealand; and Refuge New Zealand (Otago University Press, 2013), a history of New Zealand’s response to refugees and asylum seekers.
Marlene2 medium Marlene Levine joined the Board of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand in August 2015. She has been a volunteer at the Holocaust Centre since 2008, and is researching the experiences of her father, who survived the Holocaust in a Nazi forced labour camp in Algeria. Marlene became an Educator at the Holocaust Centre in 2013, and attended the 2017 Yad Vashem Seminar for Educators. Marlene was born in Casablanca and grew up in New York City. She did research in Papua New Guinea for three years before moving to New Zealand in 1975, where she taught Anthropology and Sociology at Victoria University, and spent a year studying fishing communities. She was a Senior Analyst with the Ministry of Social Development in the Research and Evaluation Unit for 26 years, and is now a researcher with Massey University. Marlene is on the Board of Directors of the Wellington Jewish Community Centre, as Deputy Chair and Director of Education and Youth. She is on the Committees of the Chevra Kadisha, the Council of Jewish Women and Kia Ora Torah. Marlene and her husband Hal have three grown children and three grandsons.
rick sahar profileRick Sahar was born in Detroit, Michigan to Holocaust survivor parents. Rick also lived in Israel for 11 years, before arriving in New Zealand in 1981. Rick worked in the recording industry for 12 years and is now in his 33rd year as an award-winning entertainer. Rick's voluntary work has included chairing the Wellington branch of Friends of Tibet from 1992-1997 and serving as the regional coordinator for the Dalai Lama’s visit to NZ in 1996. Rick is a board member on two local Newtown community trusts and of two Jewish community committees. In 2015 and again in 2017, Rick led groups of New Zealand high school teachers to Yad Vashem for a 3 week intensive seminar in teaching Holocaust studies on behalf of HCNZ. Rick is an HCNZ Board member and also involved in education and outreach programmes, delivering the testimony of his Parents' Holocaust survival, to high school students throughout New Zealand.
chris harrisChris Harris joined the Board in August 2015 and looks forward to assisting in the education and promotion of the centre. Chris is the Teacher in Charge of History at Onehunga High School in Auckland and has been teaching for 12 years, he graduated from Otago University with a degree in History and Political studies. Chris is the staff representative on his school’s board of trustees. Chris has also worked with people with disabilities and at-risk youth in various capacities. Chris was a member of the 2015 Yad Vashem educators who travelled to Israel in January to study Holocaust education. Chris believes in strongly in the legacy of educating students in Holocaust, genocide and human rights.
Justin Thompson Justin Thompson joined the Board in January 2017 and will assist in the education and promotion of the centre. Justin is the Head of Department of Social Science at Oxford Area School in North Canterbury and has been teaching for 15 years, he graduated from Canterbury University with a degree in Science specialising in Geography. Justin is the timetabler and webmaster at his school. Justin has also coached various sports, currently Netball. Justin was a member of the 2015 Yad Vashem educators who travelled to Israel in January to study Holocaust education. Justin believes strongly in Holocaust education and its importance to New Zealand and the world. This will include other areas like human rights.
Mary 7 Mary Morris joined the Board in 2016. She comes from a background in Education and Museum work, having taught English in NZ and the UK and worked as an Education Officer and then as director in small museums in Hutt City and Wellington, respectively. She has overseen education, exhibition and public programmes as a museum director and has a particular interest in the organization of archives and the preservation of artefacts and their on-going conservation. She believes it is important to ensure that they remain accessible and available as a witness to the events of the past and as an on-going basis for research in the future.
Diane Born and educated to undergraduate degree level in New Zealand, Dianne Davis left in the late 1980s to pursue professional opportunities in Australia and the UK. She returned to live permanently in New Zealand in 2017 after a successful 30-year international corporate and consulting career.

In her corporate life, Dianne held Marketing Director and executive Business Development roles with some of Australia/UK’s largest financial and professional services organisations (Australian Stock Exchange, St. George Bank – part of the Westpac Group, PwC and Ernst Young). As a Consultant, she established and ran a highly successful Sydney-based marketing brand consultancy for 18 years, advising large-medium corporates, professional services firms and a diversity of SMEs.

Dianne also served as a Director on the Boards of several non-profit organisations, including, Board Director at ParaQuad NSW, Deputy Chair of Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney, and Vice President and Board Director at Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber, NSW.

During her career, Dianne has worked extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. Dianne has graduate qualifications from Victoria University of Wellington (1st Class Honours in Political Science) and Duke University, US (Masters of International Relations).

IMG 1807 Jenny Livschitz was appointed to the role Treasurer of HCNZ in September 2017. Jenny is a qualified chartered accountant with over 25 years experience working across a range of financial management and leadership roles, mainly in the public sector.
She was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand in 1997 with her husband Harvey and daughters Sarah and Meira. They moved to Wellington, from Auckland in 2017. Jenny and her family were very involved in Beth Shalom Progressive Jewish community in Auckland, where she was a member of the Board of Management for a number of years.
The Livschitz family are active members of the Wellington progressive community.
Both Harvey and Jenny have family that escaped Europe from the Holocaust.
Jenny feels strongly that it is an honour and privilege to volunteer as Treasurer in support of the important vision and mission of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

Irene Buxton has been a volunteer at the New Zealand Holocaust Centre since 2007. Irene's parents were refugees from Chemnitz, Germany who came to New Zealand in 1938. Irene has developed an interest in the education portfolio and in particular the opportunity to deliver further adult education programmes. Irene has a background in education. She has an MA in English and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language from Victoria University. She has worked as a Lecturer at Massey University. In 2017 Irene assisted with the first 6 week Adult Education Programme which was developed in conjunction with Victoria University Department of Continuing Education. Irene has also developed a monthly discussion series called L'Dor Va Dor which offers talks on a range of topics relating to Jewish life.

Miri Young 7

Miri Young joined the Board in 2017 and was a founding committee member of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand in 2005-07. Miri is the Head of Learning Innovation at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, where she is responsible for formal and informal learning throughout the museum. She holds a Masters in Humanities and Social Thought, specialising in Museum Studies from New York University.

Miri is specialised in museum learning, cultural leadership, digital innovation, and public engagement, and has a background in Holocaust and art education. Miri established the March of the Living programme in New Zealand, leading two groups to Poland and Israel in 2005 and 2006, and was Chairperson and branch leader of Habonim Dror Aoteroa New Zealand between 2002-2005. 
Photo credit to Mike O'Neill, Te Papa, 2017

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