A New Vision: Five-Year Strategic Plan 2021 – 2026

This strategic plan sets a course for the transformation of Stardome over the next five years, which will ensure we remain relevant and fit for the future.

Annual Report 2021

In October 2020, Stardome began the development of a new five-year Strategic Plan. The new plan will provide a progressive kaupapa and direction for our mahi that will ensure Stardome is fit for the future and relevant to its audiences.

Annual Report 2020

The 2020 Stardome Annual Report highlights the organisation’s achievements, financial performance and operational activities of the year. 

Board of Trustees

Stardome’s vision, mission and management is guided by the Auckland Observatory and Planetarium trust board.

Chairperson– Richard Sorrenson

Richard has long had an interest in the history of astronomy and obtained his PhD in the history of science from Princeton University. He is the author of Perfect Mechanics: Instrument Makers at the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century (Docent Press, Boston Mass., 2013) and manages the University of Auckland Foundation and its endowment fund.

Trustee – Bill Thomas
MSc, BSc (Hons)

Mr Thomas is an IT professional with over 35 years industry experience from various roles in New Zealand and England, most recently as a network consultant. Originally based in Wellington, Bill has lived on Auckland’s North Shore since 1992. Bill joined the Auckland Astronomical Society, the largest in New Zealand in the year 2000 and was elected to the role of President in 2014. Bill has been keenly interested in astronomy since a young age and wrote his master’s thesis on the Sun’s magnetic cycle. Bill is also a Stardome volunteer, one of those that operate the Edith Winstone Blackwell Zeiss telescope for public viewing sessions.

Trustee – Niven Brown
PhD, BE Mech (Hons)

Dr Niven Brown is a director of an automation business, kanDO Innovation, that specialises in robotics and vision systems. With a degree and PhD in mechanical engineering, he has a mix of academic and business experience including five years working at Universities in France and the UK. He has been the Auckland Astronomical Society’s outreach and special events coordinator for the past two years and is now its Treasurer. His interest in astronomy and cosmology is coupled to his passion for education and public outreach and he enjoys sharing that passion with children and adults alike.

Trustee – Cadence Kaumoana

Cadence Kaumoana has a strong background in the education sector having spent 19 years working in schools, communities, government and tertiary sectors. Cadence has a number of university qualifications and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. Supporting young people in education is a driving influence in Cadence’s career and training. Cadence also has experience in Māori education, the corporate sector and governance. She enjoys aligning the maramataka (Māori calendar) to her lifestyle planning and gardening activities and spends as much time enjoying our country with her four boys. 

Trustee – Catherine Foster

Bio to come.

Trustee – Shannon Thomas

Bio to come.

Trustee – Mike Spraggon 

Bio to come.

Trustee – Mukseet Bashir 

Bio to come.

Trustee – Victoria Silwood

Bio to come.