Steve Lowndes Resumé


B.A. Honours, Bath University, United Kingdom. Visual Communication.

Post Graduate Diploma, Sydney, Australia. Fine Art.

Diploma of Museum Studies, A.G.M.A.N.Z. New Zealand.

Museum Management Institute Diploma. Berkeley, U.S.A.



Pre 1985: Journalism, part-time employment in building and service industries, extensive travel around the world and teaching Art and English as a Foreign Language.

1985-2001:  Director of Akaroa Museum, Banks Peninsula. A social history Museum where stories are told which reflect the whole range of New Zealand’s history.

2001: Elected to Local Government as a Councillor for Banks Peninsula District Council until amalgamation with Christchurch City Council in 2005, subsequently as a Community Board Member.

I have had six years experience on Resource Consent Hearing Panels.



This list is not comprehensive but indicative of governance roles.

2017:  Chair of Environment Canterbury (through to October 2019).

2017:  Trustee of the Parkinson Park Memorial Trust.

2016:  Deputy Chair of Environment Canterbury.

2011: Chair Arts on Tour New Zealand.

2015-16: Chair Banks Peninsula Zone Committee of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

2015-16: Chair Biodiversity and Ecosystems Working Group CWMS.

2013-16: Member Regional Committee Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

2011-16: Member Canterbury Water Management Strategy Banks Peninsula Zone Committee.

2010-2015: Chair Akaroa Civic Trust Board.

2008-2011: Chair of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board.

2008-2011: Chair of the Pohatu Marine Reserve Advisory Committee.

2008-2011: Member of the Canterbury District Health Board’s Public Health and Disabilities Advisory Committee.

2003-2008: Governing Board. Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation. Interim Chair April/October 2008.

2004-2007: Member of the Trust Board of Canterbury Museum and Te Ohaki o Nga Tipuna (the Board’s Maori sub-committee).

2002-2007: Member of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Forum.

2001-2007: Chair of Akaroa Museum Advisory Board.

2001-2007: Member of the Trust Board of Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum.

1999-2001: Vice President of the Akaroa Civic Trust.

1998-2000: Planning Committee ICOM/CECA Conference. Christchurch.

1998-2000: Member National Services Museums Training Framework Working Party. Te Papa.

1996-1998: Member UNESCO Sub-committee for Culture.

1995-1997: Chair of the Museums Association of New Zealand Te Ropu Hanga Kaupapa Taonga.

1994-1995: Francis Hodgkins Fellowship Appointment Committee, Otago University.

1993-1995: Member of the Trust Board of Canterbury Museum.

1990-1991: Chair, Canterbury Area School Board of Trustees.

1989-1994: Elected Member of the Southern Regional Arts Council.

1988-1992: Chair, Akaroa Community Arts Council.



1994: Maori Placenames around Akaroa Harbour.

1996: A Short History of Akaroa.

1998: The Hurunui.

2002: Akaroa Horomaka Banks Peninsula Lyttelton.