Our Team


Elizabeth Hauraki - General Manager

 Liz Hauraki Ngapuhi, Ngati Porou             

Elizabeth brings to Violence Free Communities a career spanning 20 years of commercial experience in both New Zealand and Europe and 19 years in charitable sector roles in New                  Zealand.  In joining Violence Free Communities, Elizabeth’s’ goals and those of the organisation are to inform, educate and support the communities in greatest need, especially those whose lives may be impacted by violence, in whatever form that may take.                                                                                                      

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 the Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery development project (2012 – 2015).  Elizabeth continues her support of the Wairau Maori Art Gallery Charitable Trust as a board member, and is the director of her own company, specializing in capital campaign, partnership and project management delivery.

Celia Zahra - Administration Co-ordinator

 Celia joins the Violence Free Communities Team with over 20 years’ experience in administration, accounts, human resources and in the last eight years as a student advisor in the tertiary sector.  Her experience will provide important support at an operational level. In 2016, Celia completed her Bachelor of Accountancy degree, which will be extremely valuable for Violence Free Communities.  Celia enjoys giving back to the community and is a volunteer for the Cancer Society. Celia believes domestic violence is not the answer to solving problems and bullying should not be tolerated under any circumstance.

Elaine Dyer - Project Leader, Jade Speaks Up

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.

Andrea O'Hagan - Project Trainer and Advisor, Jade Speaks Up

Andrea's has had a 10 year association with Violence Free Communities.  She co-developed the programmes Violence Free Begins with Me, Jade Speaks Up and Banishing Bullying. She also co-developed programmes for the Aotearoa Peace Foundation for parents and teens.

Andrea's career has included teaching in primary & intermediate schools, kindergartens, and pre-schools. She has a Masters in Education and has studied neuro-science, literacy and cognition. Andrea was the Neuro-linguistic Programming (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. She was awarded First Class Honours for her dissertation on Effective Teacher Talk using NLP as an analysis tool. Andrea has a coaching business (Positive Changes) which offers 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 - Project Assistant, Jade Speaks Up 

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.

Kristi Shaw - Project Leader, Youth CyberZone

Kristi is passionate about making a difference for safer relationships, safer families and safer communities. Her passion, together with her creative spirit, collaborative approach, and sense of fun have brought her to Violence Free Communities to be working on the Youth CyberZone project. Kristi says, "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".

For most of her career, Kristi has helped to make things happen; get things off the ground; to develop and grow ideas into long-lasting projects. Kristi has a wide variety of interests and experience in her past roles as Community Coordinator, Youth Worker, Recreation Manager, Environment Project Manager, SafeTeen facilitator, and Narrative Therapist. She also loves being a mother of my two teenagers.

Shelley Cunningham - Project Leader, Toddler Day Out


Shelley has been in events and hospitality her whole working career. Since establishing her own event management company in 2014 she has been working on multiple projects specialising in conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and events. Her priority is to create and deliver a high quality event – that will provide an experience that attendees will always remember. Outside of work Shelley is kept busy with her family and her involvement as the Chair of the Parent Teachers Association of her children's school.

Annalily van den Broeke – Project Leader, Our Amazing Place

Art is a powerful tool to make the world a better place and attracts many creative and driven professionals, volunteers and community members. Annalily has been fortunate to work in this area her whole life, in the Netherlands, the USA and now in New Zealand.  Her 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 her West Auckland neighbourhood.  For the past five years she has worked for the Auckland Council as project manager Public Art. Since January 2016 Annalily has organised projects in art, environment and community building. One of these is the fabulous Our Amazing Place – Community Treasure Hunt project which she thoroughly enjoy!

Hedy Law - Social Media and Marketing Support Volunteer

Hedy has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Auckland.  She was an international student from Hong Kong.  Hedy says, "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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