Board Members
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Jeremy SmithJeremy Smith an ex South African has been living in Wellington for 12 years with his family, Alexandra, Amy and Benjamin. Jeremy is now a local businessman running a Wellington based Hospitality Company that has hotels, restaurants and bars around NZ and in Vanuatu. 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 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.
inge woolf profileInge Woolf is the Founding Director of the Holocaust Centre and was also its Chairperson from 2007 to 2013. She has a strong business background, and together with her husband Ronald Woolf, built up the firm Photography by Woolf, of which she is still a director. She has always been a leader in the voluntary sector having chaired organizations such as Jaycee Wives, WIZO, Zonta, and Arthritis New Zealand. Her expertise is in building a strong organization, with good team spirit, ties to the wider community and providing inspirational leadership. For services to the community she was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemorative Medal and in 1992, the Queen’s Service Order.

steven sedley profileSteven Sedley is the founding chairman of the Holocaust Centre. He is a retired bookseller, former teacher, and publisher. He is a writer, and book reviewer. His published works include a biographical essay of the German Jewish composer, Richard Fuchs, an account of the Jewish philanthropists, Max and Annie Deckston and their Jewish orphanage, and a chapter on New Zealand Jewish writers, in the book Jewish Lives in New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Hutt Valley Chamber Music Society, and former president of the Wellington Hebrew Congregation. He is a member of the Board of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand with responsibility for display and web site content. A child survivor of the Budapest ghetto, he is an active educator.

judith aitken profileDr. Judith Estranna Aitken has been a farmer, secondary school teacher, university lecturer, television current affairs presenter, author, journalist, speech therapy and drama teacher, consultant to NZ, Thai, Singaporean and Korean governments, community worker, public servant; and local body councillor. Dr Aitken has lived and worked in Wellington since 1968, mainly in the public sector, where she was a senior manager in Electricorp and the CEO of two government departments: the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Education Review Office. She has a PhD from Victoria University and a partially completed Diploma in Public Health. From 2007 Dr Aitken has chaired the Speakers Advisory Committee and its current successor, the Parliamentary Sector Advisory Board. She has been appointed as a member of several government reviews and commissions. Dr. Aitken has been active in a range of community, political and voluntary groups in Porirua and Wellington. She is currently also a member of the Carter Observatory Trust and the Citizenship Trust.
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.
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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.

andrew cohen profileAndrew Cohen has been the IT Director of the Holocaust Centre since 2013, looking after the website, the office network, and advising on the use of cloud and software technology in Holocaust education and activities.  Andrew has developed software, and managed teams of developers for Oracle, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and Location Labs - a mobile application start-up recently acquired by AVG.   Andrew is a second-generation survivor who is committed to making sure the legacy of the Holocaust is kept alive to educate future generations.
moshe malal profileMoshe Malal has been a board member of The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand since 2013. He is the organisation’s Treasurer, and is responsible for not only managing financial matters, but also reporting and advising on any fiscal concerns.   Moshe and his family immigrated to New Zealand at the beginning of 2013. He worked for big firms in the finance industry for many years, and he also has wide-ranging experience as a budget manager, marketing manager and business analyst in the agriculture, export and cellular sectors. In addition, he also has an academic background as an economics researcher.
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.

 

Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell (Ngāti Manawa): I am teacher of Social Studies (Senior and Junior) and Classical Studies as well as Assistant Year 11 Dean at Hillcrest High School in Hamilton.  This year I’ve also taken on the role of Māori Student Mentor, where I will be working closely with Māori students at risk of not passing NCEA Level 2. I was fortunate enough to be selected to go on the 2015 Educators Trip to Yad Vashem. Going to Israel/Yad Vashem was a life changing experience for me; I genuinely believe that it has not only had an impact on me as a teacher but as a human being. Not only did this seminar provide me with an amazing learning experience, but I’ve also made some incredible lifelong friendships.  I have become a member of the Board for the Holocaust Centre because I am extremely grateful for what the centre has given me, and I feel that it’s important that I give back.  I am passionate about teaching, and I am passionate about Holocaust education.

 

 

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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.

 
 
 
 

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