Delina Shields | Board Co-Chair

Delina has more than twenty years’ experience marketing leading brands for multinational companies including Coca-Cola, Unilever, Campbell Arnotts and Boots Healthcare across Australia and New Zealand, and is currently Head of Marketing at Vodafone New Zealand.

For the past seven years, she was a Trustee of the Auckland Writers Festival, contributing to significant audience growth and breadth and the scaling of the Schools Programme.

Delina is Mum to two teenage girls and is passionate about coaching and developing people to fulfil their potential.

Stephen Jones | Board Co-Chair

Starting his second term on the board Stephen is originally from Invercargill however currently resides in Dunedin where he is in his third year of study at the University of Otago studying Law and Psychology.

Stephen was an Invercargill Youth Councillor and a member of the Flag Consideration panel in 2015.

In his spare time he enjoys travelling, meeting people, photography and many different sports! Stephen has witnessed, growth, challenges and adaption whilst being on the board and is thrilled to see this continue into the bright future of Sticks n’ Stones.

Abby Golden | Secretary

Abby has taken on the role of Secretary after spending her first year as a Board Member.

She has been a part of Sticks n Stones as a high school advocate since the beginning of 2016. In this time, she’s taken part in fundraisers, attended and facilitated workshops and training events and also helped to develop a number of our initiatives.  She also volunteers with St John Youth and is a talented musician.

Abby loves working with all of the other passionate young people involved and is excited to be a part of our board.

Keri Yeo | Treasurer

Keri joined the Sticks ‘n Stones board as treasurer in May this year.

She has spent most of her early life in the South working for the local District Health Board, as a Nurse, and then an accountant, and then in Procurement and logistics.

After some time in Auckland and overseas, Keri is back in Central Otago working as an accountant, enjoying the hills, environment and people.

She is easily picked out when running in the hills, being followed around by a small griffon pug cross (grumpy wee girl dog) and a new golden retriever puppy

Nikki Hurst | Board Member

Nikki is a Senior Lecturer in Youth Development, a proud founding member of Korowai Tupu (the professional association of Youth Workers) and chief glitter-provider for the History Zoology Dinosaur Buildosarus Club – a tamariki-led group of gifted kids in Franklin, Auckland.

Born and bred on the southern side of the Manukau Harbour Nikki is passionate about youth development by young people, for young people, about young people. She has a background in child therapy and is also a recovering accountant so was very excited to offer her diverse skills to the exciting next steps for Sticks n’ Stones.

When not chasing her nine year old son around a netball court or working on how to make boring theories exciting for her students, Nikki inhales fiction as a form of junk-food for her soul.

Meg Thomas | Board Member

Meg joined the board in 2019.

She is a student at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka, currently completing NCEA Level 2.  Meg has been a part of Sticks ‘n Stones since she was 13 as an advocate, attending fundraisers, workshops and training events. She decided to increase her part of the community this year.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing and attempting to play the piano!
Meg is so excited to be on the board with other like-minded people and take her involvement with SnS to the next level.

Zachariah Hardy | Board Member

Zachariah (Zac for short) is studying a Diploma in Business through The Career Academy, having successfully completed a Certificate in Bookkeeping this year.

Zachariah works part-time as the administrator for Colloidal Health Solutions, also as a volunteer administrator for Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust. He is also on the Key to Life Charitable Trust Youth Board.

Zachariah is a people person – he enjoys travelling, spending time with friends & family, and simply working with others for the betterment of our society.

I am excited to be a part of the SnS community and look forward to seeing where this journey will lead! Our young people are our next generation of leaders & dreamers – let’s give them the skills to put their best foot forward.