The Team

The continuing success of New Zealand Sculpture OnShore relies on a large group of passionate and dedicated people - many of whom give their time and expertise voluntarily.

Working alongside the NZ Sculpture OnShore Limited board members and Trustees of Friends of Women's Refuges Trust and over 400 event volunteers, is a small team of paid professionals. 

Dee Paranihi

Dee Paranihi

General Manager

Dee has extensive experience in the Not for Profit sector in fundraising and events, she has also owned her own business and worked extensively overseas. Previously as National Partnership Manager for the Graeme Dingle Foundation, Dee oversaw the national strategy for fundraising and was extensively involved in some exciting events. 

Her professional focus is working for an organisation that allows her to do more than just have a job, giving back to the community and doing something really worthwhile.

Dee says “This role really ticks so many boxes for me, it is supporting Women’s Refuge while also showcasing amazing art. I love the fact that it has a growing schools programme which engages the local community by working with schools at all levels.”

In her personal life, Dee is the busy mum of 4 children, she loves sport and the outdoors. In the weekends you will find her on the sidelines cheering her kids on while coaching or managing most of their team sports. Growing up on a farm, Dee has a roll up your sleeves and get involved attitude, she doesn’t sit around much. 

Sally Lush


For 30 years Sally Lush has been creating, managing and curating creative spaces for artists to enable them to pursue their creative dreams. These ventures have included co-owning 2 art galleries, Art by the Sea and Art Of This World, both in Devonport, project managing (2007) the set up and curating the annual exhibitions at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens for 10 years until 2018 and in 2012, 2014 and 2016 curating the sculpture exhibitions at Harbourview Sculpture Trail, Te Atatu Peninsula. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 she curated the Parnell street event for White Night as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Lush has also mentored artists in the ArtsLab programme at The Depot Artspace, organised the education programme at Lake House Arts Centre and managed the Helensville and Quarry Art Centres.
As a practicing artist since 1999, Lush explores a sense of place, belonging and personal discovery through her paintings, sculptures and sculptural installations.

“I am delighted to be able to use my skills, experience and passion for sculpture to curate this exhibition to raise the profile and funds for the valuable work the Women’s Refuge does in supporting women who find themselves and their families in very difficult situations and in need of Refuge.”

Sally Lush

Nic Russell

Nic Russell

Promotion & Publicity Manager

This is a little blurb about me and what drives me to bring your story to life and make a difference.

I believe in story, and my specialty is crafting complex information into simple, effective messages and creative content that engages your audiences.

Stemming from my early career in health and my natural flare for understanding human behaviour and creative story telling, I combined those two passions, completing a BA in Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Communications Management and PR.

I've been very fortunate to be able to combine my passion for creative story telling and social change through numerous campaigns, such as the Herceptin Campaign, Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns, Child Health Campaigns, Educational Campaigns, Advocacy Campaigns and Hearing Health Campaigns. In addition to the PR and Marketing campaigns, I have managed events ranging from Photo Exhibitions, Health Conferences, Fundraising Events and Entertainment Events.

Judy Grieve

Operations Manager

Judy is an experienced manager with a history of working in the public, corporate and not for profit sectors. Skilled in business management, strategic planning, event management, communications and community engagement. Most recently, Judy managed the introduction of the Devonport Business Improvement District (BID) programme, in partnership with Auckland Council. Focusing on brand strategy and Devonport's arts legacy, Judy introduced and managed the Devonport GLOW light exhibition and event, as part of Auckland Artweek, over the last three years.

"I am excited to be managing the operations side of NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018, it is an iconic local event held in a spectacular location on the historic Fort Takapuna. I look forward to working with our many partners and stakeholders, including our dedicated volunteer base, to deliver an outstanding exhibition"


The Board

Sally Dewar (Chair), Kevin Muir, Liz Darlow, Paul Walsh, Shelley Chignell, Sudhir Lala, Trisha Whiting, Wendy Carnall

FOWR Trustees

FOWR Trustees

Back row: Kathryn Todd, Liz Darlow (Co-Chair), Trisha Whiting (Co-Chair), Rachel Brebner, Fiona White, Linda Sclater
Front row: Janet Hird (Secretary), Jo Kitteridge, Victoria Holtelius
Absent: Jill Goddard (Treasurer) and Lisa McCloskey

Learn more about Friends of Women's Refuges Trust here.


Previous Exhibitions

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous and on-going support of our sponsors.
To find out more about how these organisations help us to help Women's Refuge NZ, click on the logos below.


Fisher Funds

Hesketh Henry

Harcourts Cooper & Co