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Our People


Paul Dykzeul (Chair)

The new chair of the Sculpture on the Gulf board has over thirty years’ experience in international media and publishing, as a chief executive, senior manager and director. Paul has considerable experience in board and governance arrangements, and in developing collaborative networks – he enjoys innovative projects, and overcoming knotty structural and logistical challenges. He is also a big fan of the island’s magnificent walking tracks, and an avid collector of books and art. Paul and his wife Deb have lived on Waiheke Island since 2006.

Sarah Judkins

Sarah brings considerable arts management and business flair to the Sculpture on the Gulf board. Currently the chair of the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, she is also a Trustee of the Auckland Arts Festival. Sarah’s day job consists of leading the mergers and acquisitions team at Fonterra, a group responsible for strategic initiatives across Fonterra’s wider global network. Sarah has many years experience working in the finance sector in New Zealand and Asia, but she is passionate about the Arts and Waiheke. Sarah lives on Waiheke Island with her husband Jason and their two teenage children.

Jean Francios Arlove

The new treasurer of the Sculpture on the Gulf board has twenty-five years of experience in advertising and media. Jean is a qualified accountant, works as a virtual CFO to small businesses and also works with the Springboard Trust, which supports school principals in improving student outcomes. Jean’s specialties include finance management and strategy, information technology, talent management, agency and business systems, acquisitions, pricing creation and negotiation. Jean has a passion for mentoring youth and working in the education space. His dreams of running a school one day drew him to work with the Springboard Trust. Jean has 3 children and has lived on Waiheke Island since 2007.

I’m proud to be part of a group of talented professionals who are truly focused on increasing the engagement of local, national and international visitors with what I consider to be one of NZ’s greatest public contemporary sculpture exhibitions.

Warwick Grey

Warwick brings significant marketing and information technology expertise to Sculpture on the Gulf. As Australasian marketing manager for Hewlett-Packard, Warwick was responsible for research and marketing strategies employed across Australia and New Zealand. On Waiheke, Warwick has arranged the silent auction at the main fundraising event for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter for several years. He is the only Waiheke Ambassador for the ARHT (Auckland Helicopter Rescue Trust). Warwick and his wife have owned a bach on Waiheke for 28 years and lived on Waiheke Island for 15 years. Warwick is a keen long distance runner.

Mikki-tae Tapara

Taupiri te Maunga, Waikato te Awa, Tainui te Waka, he piko he taniwha. he piko he taniwha pai mārire.
Mikki‐Tae has over twenty‐two years of experience in event management for clients including Iwi, Auckland Council, and multinational corporations. He has produced several Matariki Festivals, Waitangi Festival, TUIA 250 and contributed to events for ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development). He is also Rereteewhioi Marae chair and trustee, and senior advisor at Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand). Mikki‐Tae and his husband, Ray, have lived on Waiheke Island since 2000, after returning from Australia. They both enjoy the spoils of the island especially the wine and food and their friends.

Jackie Houghton

Jackie has immensely rich experience in the arts and hospitality. Her first job was running Browns Mill, a craft co-op in Durham Lane in the 80s – and she went on to become an exhibiting gold and silversmith. Jackie has also created and designed a highly successful Ponsonby Road bar. Jackie’s specialties include working for charities, and producing a vast array of events. Her joys – traveling, art, theatre, film and music. Jackie has lived on Waiheke Island since 2005.

Jenny Nicholls

A writer and graphic designer who was, for many years, an editorial art director and travel writer for North & South and Metro magazines. While on staff at North & South Jenny wrote over 70 sci-tech columns. She is currently a judge for the 2021 Ockham NZ Book Awards, a book reviewer for the New Zealand Listener, Newsroom, The Spinoff and Waiheke Weekender, and a regular columnist for Stuff. Jenny’s magazine covers have won ten industry awards. She has won the MPA Awards Designer of the Year award (Current Affairs) twice, and MPA Supreme Designer of the Year. At secondary school, she created, illustrated and edited a magazine before going on to qualify as a journalist and editorial graphic designer. Jenny has lived on Waiheke Island since 2007, with her partner Greg, an artist.

Kim Rae

Kim brings considerable management experience and creative skills to Sculpture on the Gulf. She has over thirty years of business experience; twenty-five as the owner and managing director of two companies. Kim started her own wholesale clothing design and manufacturing business in New York City at the age of twenty-three. She ran it successfully for fifteen years, before moving to Waiheke with her young family in 2006. Kim is the co-founder of Stay Waiheke, established in 2011 with interests in property management and tourism promotion. Kim sits on the board of the Waiheke High School Charitable Trust, has been involved with the Westpac Helicopter Trust fundraiser at Man O’ War Vineyards for the last five years – and is one of the creators of the ‘On the House’ campaign supporting the hospitality sector after the impacts of Covid-19.

Tanya Walshe

Tanya has over 28 years’ experience working in media, with roles spanning marketing, research, strategy, publishing and directorship.

She joined Bauer Media NZ in 2009 as Group Research and Strategy Manager with a mandate to champion deep understanding of consumer behaviour. In 2016 Tanya’s remit was extended to include the role of Publisher- Weeklies and Fashion. The following year she was promoted to General Manager- Publishing and Insights with overall responsibility for 15 magazine brands and managing the research teams in both New Zealand and Australia. In mid-2019 Tanya had the great privilege of becoming Managing Director at Bauer New Zealand and joined the board of the Magazine Publishers Association as Chairperson.
Prior to joining Bauer, Tanya spent 9 years at Stuff (formerly Fairfax Media) serving on the executive team and holding senior roles, including Group Strategy Manager reporting to the CEO. She has completed the Institute of Directors course and was the longest serving board member for the IRG, the governing body behind the print media’s research currency.
Tanya has two sons, Jackson (27) and Grady (18) with husband Richard. She’s an avid sports fan, prolific reader, keen gardener, lover of great design and sometimes marathon runner. Tanya and Richard adore the island and are currently looking to buy a lifestyle property to make Waiheke their permanent home.

Management Team

Nikki Newton-Cross, CEO

Nikki has produced many memorable community events in a nationwide career, and has long experience at working with the sponsors, technicians, writers, designers and artists who make these events fly. With skills in marketing, communications, public relations and event management, she has overseen campaigns which have attracted global and national recognition.
She was recently awarded a Bachelor’s degree with Distinction, majoring in Event Management. She is currently working towards a Masters in Professional Practice.
“I believe events provide a platfom to build community connections and engagement. By their very nature they are experiential; they bring people together to participate, to learn, to create memories and to enjoy.”

Nique van Selm - Event & Operations Manager

My background is a mix of both publishing and event management in New Zealand and South Africa. I have lived on Waiheke for nearly 14 years and was involved in the 2017 Sculpture on the Gulf Event managing the Volunteers. I am passionate about this event and have been a keen follower/spectator since Sculpture on the Gulf 2005. I am looking forward to delivering the 2019 event and working with a great team of people.