Our Board
2020 - 2021

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Nancy Murphy


Nancy in the main Plastic House. Plants have been a passion since starting to collect at age 8.

Marianne Gibson

Marianne Gibson

Vice President

A member of Warkworth club, my passion for floral art started with the simple question “can my wife be taught to do flowers like that?” My passion and enthusiasm for the Society is very strong, however, having spent most of my years on club, area and national committees, I freely admit I still have a lot to learn “to do flowers like that". My aim is to continue gaining more qualifications so once my term of office is complete, I can continue to give back in other ways.


Sharon Beckett


A Floral Art Member of the Bay of Plenty Area for 20 years. I have served four years as a Board Member and seven years as the FASNZ National Treasurer. I have been professionally involved in Horticulture throughout my working life. A strong interest in floral design evolved while serving my Horticultural Apprenticeship.

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Teresa Lloyd


Originally from the UK, I now live in Auckland with my husband and my one year old son, Joel. I have always had an interest in the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful nature and flora that is abundant in New Zealand. I have several years’ experience working in the community and charity sector; and hope to bring my experience and skills to my role as secretary for FASNZ. I look forward to working with all the team, and being involved in the exciting times ahead for the organisation.

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Larraine Dunne

Board Member

A late starter in floral art, I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie experienced being part of our local floral art family. For me, that family now is not just Whakatane, but the Bay of Plenty and beyond. I am hoping that my ‘former life’ as Executive Officer in a local high school will be of benefit to FASNZ Management.

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Maggie Kensington

Board Member

Maggie lives on the canal at Gulf Harbour but her home club is Warkworth, where her floral art journey began. This is Maggie’s third year as a Board Member and currently the Management Board Representative for Northland, Auckland and Waikato.

Shirley Russ

Shirley Russ

Board Member

I am entranced with the beauty of flowers, my mind travels the pathways of nature's gardens and finds surprise and joy through all the world's flora. As a New Zealander I appreciate our temperate climate, the oceans surrounding us, the diversity of plants growing here and the landscape which influences our lifestyle. Transferring this passion to floral design allows me to express the wonder, the contrasts, the fragility and strength through my individual creativity.

From sand saucer decorations, my floral exploration has led me to teaching and demonstrating and currently being on National Management for FASNZ. Like any journey it began with one small step.

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Francine Thomas

Board Member

I am from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty, and very passionate about our wonderful organisation. I have a formal background with diplomas in horticulture and floristry, also attaining all of FASNZ floral art exams. Having managed a flower wholesaler for 8 years and owning my own floral supplies for 9, means I have a sound knowledge in business management and marketing.
To be a member of such an organisation as FASNZ has taken me to places I never dreamt of, making many floral friends throughout New Zealand and around the world.
My philosophy is “From a single bloom to an abundance of flowers the feelings are still the same, nature inspires the soul, with what we see and feel within our hearts”

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Vanita Patel

Education Committee Chairperson

I was born in Whakatane and grew up in Taupo. Like many floral designers my passion for flowers started in my mother’s rose garden in Taupo, and my path to Floral Art flourished in 1994.

I went on to pursue my floral career and have become a National Qualified Teacher, Judge and Demonstrator of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand.

Sharing in the creativity from all aspects of floral art gives me stimulation to develop management and education within the world of Floral designing.

I continue to update my skills by participating in workshops with international Designers at FASNZ conferences and overseas.

My personal skills extend to Property Management, Owner-operated businesses, Events organisation, Business Management and Corporate Floral designing.


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