Sunday June 26th – Opening Hours 10am – 2pm

About the Centre

Board & Staff

Creative Arts Napier Inc. is a registered charity governed by a board of voting members:

Michael G. Ahrens, QSM  Chair

Paul Davies, Secretary

Bill Stacey, Treasurer

Tania Wright, NCC Representative

Dr. Adrian Ormsby, Board Member

Putaanga Waitoa, Board Member

We have five part time members of staff, keeping the CAN open 7 days a week:

Michelle Ibbotson, Visitor Engagement Coordinator

Jess Aguilar, Media Coordinator

Maree Goodchild, Finance Administrator

Bob Stansbury, Coordinator

Carol Goodier, Coordinator, Sewing Tutor & Gallery Technician

We also have a team of willing volunteers, whose contribution is invaluable.

Maree Goodchild

CAN Finance Administrator

Bob Stansbury


Bob has been working at The CAN as volunteer and staff since it opened in December 2014. He says he is not particularly creative, so tells visitors he is the “Philistine in Residence”. Bob spent 20 years running a YHA backpacker hostel where he got hooked on “shooting the breeze” and having a laugh with people from all over the world. He says the CAN is a great location to continue this pastime. Bob also volunteers at Peoples Advocacy Society and Citizens Advice Bureau which keeps him anything but retired. Meet Bob when you visit at weekends or during his regular Monday volunteer slot.

Carol Goodier

Coordinator & Gallery Technician

Carol can’t remember a time when she hasn’t sewed. In the early years Carol’s Mum was a source of great inspiration. Carol used to sit on her lap and ‘help’ her sew her outfits. Carol attended New Zealand College of Fashion Design in Auckland, and learnt the intricate skill of dress making, tailoring and pattern drafting. After several years of working in the textile industry, travelling the world and returning with a Canadian husband, Carol made Napier her home and brought up her family here.  Carol’s next achievement was a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design, completed in 2014 at EIT. She has worked at Creative Arts Napier as a valued Weekend Coordinator since 2016, hangs our exhibitions as the Gallery Technician and regularly tutors our sewing classes.