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"Kahore tetahi o tatou, e taea te mahi, e nga mahi e taea, e tatou katoa." 

"Not one of us, can work as well, as all of us working together."


Dame Silvia Cartwright PCNZM, DBE, QSO 

We continue to be greatly honoured by the kind patronage of Dame Silvia Cartwright, who has been the Patron of Shine since 1998. In 1989 she became the first female Chief District Court Judge, and in 1993 she was the first woman to be appointed to the High Court. In 2001, she was appointed Governor General. She has always been a strong supporter of rights for victims of domestic violence and used her role as Governor General to further this important cause.

Shine Leadership


Sally Ward, Shine Acting General Manager & Senior Manager - Education & Training

Sally Ward has worked extensively in education and training across her career and has a particular interest in the relationship between education and development. With a Master’s degree in Public and Development Management, she has held senior positions in non-governmental organisations in South Africa and in the Middle East region and has experience in health promotion, higher education and organisational strategy and management.  Having worked on a ground-breaking project for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Sally is passionate about providing opportunities for online and flexible approaches to education and training. Sally brings to Shine her extensive experience with the conceptualisation, planning, budgeting and implementation of large-scale projects and programmes and the leadership and management of teams.   Sally was appointed Acting General Manager in December 2019 when Jane Drumm semi-retired.



In Memory of Paul Hargreaves

Paul was on Shine’s Board from 2003 until he passed away in August 2014. Throughout that time, he was a wise, loyal, and dear friend of Shine. We were so fortunate to have a Board member of the calibre of Paul, who was honoured in 2006 as an Officer of the Order of Merit for services to business and the community. Paul co-founded IT services company Datacom in 1965, which now employs more than 2000 people. His experience also included serving as President of the Institute of Directors, Director of Radio New Zealand (1991 – 1996), Chief Executive of National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (1994 – 2002), and Chairman and Director of Antarctica New Zealand (2001 - 2008). He also had involvement with the Gallagher Group and the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development. His community work also included the Laura Ferguson Trust and the Antarctic Heritage Trust. Beyond being a wise and experienced leader, he was a lovely, kind and generous man. Kei kona te aroha me te whakaaro, me kore rawa atu e wareware. With loving thoughts, deepest sympathy and fondest memories.

“Staying at the Shine Refuge has been an absolute life changing experience for myself and my daughters. I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for the enormous amount of help we have received from the ladies at the house.”

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