The 2018 Rainbow Auckland Executive comprises of nine elected volunteer officers:
- Richy James, Acting-President
- Gurv Singh, Secretary
- Zakk d’Larté, Marketing and Communications, Social Media
- Koro Dickinson, Events & Community Relations
- Giulia Dondoli
- Craig Watson
- Dean Campbell
Words from our President
“I’m excited to lead a strong and diverse elected group of volunteers who are passionate about strengthening business and community relationships”
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Get to Know Our Executive
Learn more about the leadership team that keeps Rainbow Auckland going.
Richard James, Acting-President
With a professional background in finance, Richy runs a small Business Consultancy practice, specialising in providing Finance and Management advice to predominately small to medium sized businesses. As well as this, he has had a number of other businesses, including running an Automotive Workshop in Onehunga, a Bar and Restaurant on K’ Road, and more recently, pop-up Homeware stores in Victoria Park and Ponsonby.
Richard has been involved with Rainbow Auckland for the past 15+ years. During that time he has been on the Executive, holding the position of Treasurer for a number of years, and one term as President. Richard has also been on the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust as a Trustee.
His other community involvement has included:
- Trustee of New Zealand AIDS Foundation
- Executive Member of HERO Inc.
- Involved in running PRIDE 2009
- Heroic Gardens Festival Committee
- Founding Board Member of Auckland Pride Festival Inc.
As well as providing a historical perspective to Rainbow Auckland, his current role on the Executive is to lead the Events team and manage community relationships.
Having been involved with Rainbow Auckland for a long time, he believes he has a wealth of knowledge about the events that we have run in the past. He has been associated with a large number of community organisations and believes he has the right skills and experience to manage the relationships with our community partners and stakeholders.
Gurv Singh, Secretary
Gurv is a town planner by profession, working in local government. He and his husband Tony have been attending Rainbow Auckland events over the past five years.
Gurv was previously involved with the Auckland Pride Festival as their Secretary for two years. He started in the role when the APFI was first established and supported both the Festival and Parade in its early years.
Over the past 10 years, Gurv has being involved and volunteered in a number of community initiatives and support groups across Auckland, including OUTLine NZ, formally known as Gayline.
Gurv is passionate and keen to work with all members of our community to strength and grow Rainbow Auckland with businesses and community groups across Auckland.
Zakk d’Larté, Marketing & Communications
Zakk is a Media Design School graduate, specialising in graphic and web design. With six years’ experience working with print and digital media, his fresh and innovative approach to design has lead him to work with global brands Cadbury, Resene, Trelise Cooper and 20th Century Fox and later forming his own design company, d’Larté Designs.
Through some difficult life experiences, Zakk found a purpose to be an advocate and catalyst for difference. He prides himself as being a young person with conviction and a vision to empower youth around the world to take a stand. He endeavours to provide opportunities that will inspire the younger members of our communities to be active and evoke change.
Because of these passions, this lead Zakk to also joining the Auckland Pride Festival Board as both a youth and takatāpui representative. One of his roles is to help raise visibility for transgender and gender non-conforming people, by educating the public and bringing attention to the issues that our communities face.
Zakk aims to bring fresh and innovative ideas to Rainbow Auckland as someone who is an artistic, focused and detail-oriented individual with a desire to make a difference.