Elizabeth Hauraki, Ngapuhi, Ngati Porou
Elizabeth brings to Violence Free Communities a career spanning 19 years in the charitable sector and 20 years of commercial experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Whilst based in London with her family, she enjoyed an exciting life of travel throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Elizabeth has held senior management roles in prominent New Zealand and UK based companies and fundraising management roles for a diverse range of New Zealand charities. Her charitable sector highlights include; Fundraising Manager for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki development project (2005 – 2012), and Campaign Director for (Phase 1), of the Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery development project which commenced in June 2012. Elizabeth is on the board of the Wairau Maori Art Gallery Charitable Trust, and is a Director of her own company, specializing in capital campaign, partnership and project management delivery.
I am passionate about making a difference for safer relationships, safer families and safer communities. My passion, together with my creative spirit, collaborative approach, and sense of fun have brought me to Violence Free Communities to be working on the Banishing Bullying Together project. This project is vitally important to our people and our communities as almost everyone knows someone (sister, brother, child, friend, neighbour, co-worker) who has been bullied and almost everyone has wanted to help them get out of that situation. Sometimes with real heart-breaking results. Most times, everyone wants to help, they just don’t know what to do, or how to do it.
Most of my career I have helped to make things happen, get things off the ground, and develop and grow ideas into long-lasting projects. I have a wide variety of interests and experience in my past roles as Community Coordinator, Youth Worker, Recreation Manager, Environment Project Manager, SafeTeen facilitator, and Narrative Therapist. I also love being a mother of my two teenagers.
I have been privileged to have been part of the Violence Free Communities team since 2014. I have previously worked as a physiotherapist helping to ensure 'healthy bodies' and now are happy to be part of the work to develop 'healthy relationships' and 'healthy communities'. I have a young family who keep me busy and in touch with the issues confronting our youth in their communities today. I'm a keen runner and enjoy family tramps and multiday cycles.
Elaine Dyer has made a major commitment to preventing violence in our communities. From her beginnings as a primary school teacher then counsellor with Youthline, and later her educational work in prisons, Elaine could see that there was a need in the community to teach the skills and talk about problems openly if we were going to make changes. Over the time she was training and development coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (a Quaker based project working in prisons and communities around the world) Elaine worked in a wide variety of countries… USA, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda, Hong Kong, Tonga, England and Australia. Over the last 14 years, Elaine was CEO of Violence Free Waitakere where she focused the work of preventing violence through many innovative projects designed to stop violence before it happened. Being Project Leader of Jade Speaks Up is her current work with Violence Free Communities which has just been resourced by ACC.
Art is a powerful tool to make the world a better place and attracts many creative and driven professionals, volunteers and community members. I’ve been fortunate to work in this area my whole life, in The Netherlands, the US and now in New Zealand. My degree in Arts & Media Management was a solid base for a wide scope of work: from project managing the redevelopment of a national museum in Leerdam to running environmental activities in my West Auckland neighbourhood. The past five years I worked for Auckland Council as project manager Public Art. Since January 2016 I’m organising projects in art, environment and community building. One of these is the fabulous Our Amazing Place – Community Treasure Hunt which I thoroughly enjoy!
I have been in events and hospitality my whole working career. Since establishing my own event management company in 2014 I have been working on multiple projects specialising in conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and events. My priority is to create and deliver a high quality event – that will provide an experience that our guests will always remember. Outside of my work I am kept busy with my family and my involvement as Chair of the PTS at their school. I love being outdoors, playing sports and being at the beach when time permits.
During my 10 year association with Violence Free Communities I co-developed the programmes Violence Free Begins with Me, Jade Speaks Up and Banishing Bullying. I also co-developed programmes for the Aotearoa Peace Foundation for parents and teens.
My teaching career has included teaching in primary & intermediate schools, kindergartens, and pre-schools. For my Masters in Education degree I studied neuro-science, literacy and cognition. I was the NLP Brain Coach in secondary school for 3 &1/2 years and taught in the Arts and Language team with the Faculty of Education of Waikato for 12 years. I was awarded First Class Honours for my dissertation on Effective Teacher Talk using NLP as an analysis tool. Through my coaching business Positive Changes I offer education consultancy in schools and community education specializing in practical uses of neuro-linguistics to contribute to students’ personal resilience and learning processes and to teachers’ relational pedagogy.
Fay Collins has been associated with Violence Free since 2000 in a variety of ways. She comes with a background in administration, education, care of people and nature. She enjoys organic gardening, walking, music, learning, Aotearoa and family.
I am a Hong Kong student in my third year of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Auckland. I'm interested in different cultures and interactions between people in society. Violence is not that far from us and sometimes being normalized in society. I believe that we can all make our community safer and more respectful. Even small steps make big changes.
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