Life Style & Activity Manager

Vishav Sharma

M.A, B.Ed

Innovative and compassionate, the Shanti Niwas team is excited to introduce you to our Project Coordinator, Vishav Sharma.

Vishav is originally from New Delhi, India and migrated to New Zealand in 2003.

Her skill and experience are a great asset to our team and the local community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Education, and Masters Degree in Political Science which were obtained in India, as well as a Business Administration & Computing (Level 4 certificate) from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Vishav has had an impressive career to date, giving her a wealth of knowledge to call on in her role as Project Coordinator. She worked as a Civil servant for the Government of India at the Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi for over 25 years. Since relocating to New Zealand, she has worked as the Project Coordinator for Women Youth & Child Care Organisation (WYCCO) in Auckland, serving women and families affected by domestic violence. She has also undertaken various volunteer assignments at Citizen Advisory Bureau (CAB) and ESOL Home Tutor Service Inc.

Extremely passionate about community service, Vishav is honoured to be part of the Shanti Niwas team. She imbibes the core values and beliefs that underpin social work practice and is committed to providing personalised and respectful care that embraces the experience of ageing for all.

Registered Social Worker

Sri Mysore

B.Sc., LLB, BSW, Dip. in allied mental health

Community development has always been at the forefront of Sri Mysore’s career, much to the advantage of Shanti Niwas.

Sridhara Mysore (Sri) immigrated to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2001 with his family after working in Australia for 4 years. But Sri’s initial roots are from the Palace City of Mysore in the Southern State of Bharath/India in Karnataka where he completed many hours of community development work.

In NZ, Sri was encouraged and inspired by the Social Workers who came to support the migrants and refugees at his workplace, ARMS. So he decided to become a qualified Social Worker himself.

Sri achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Practice and his Post Graduate Diploma in Allied Mental Health to become a qualified and Registered Social Worker. His core specialisation is in Adult Mental Health, community development work and Transcultural Social Work.

Registered Social Worker

Verona Sequeira

BSW(Bicultural), Dip. in Counselling

Verona has two passions in life: to work with children and to work with senior citizens. Through Shanti Niwas, we are excited to say that she has achieved them both. Born and raised in Bombay, India, Verona worked as an Executive Secretary before migrating to New Zealand with her husband and 2 children in 1993. She worked for the Indian community before living her passion by joining Barnardos. Her love for working with children grew, gaining various tertiary qualifications and culminating in her opening a daycare centre in 2002.

The call to help remained strong, so in 2014, Verona joined Te wananga O Aotearoa and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (Biculturalism-BSW). In 2019, she also completed a diploma in Psychology and Counselling from Careers New Zealand to upskill herself. Now, she uses her extensive skill and knowledge to help seniors through Shanti Niwas. Still a powerhouse, she now takes life at a more relaxed pace, enjoying her work and time with her grandchildren. She is a proud grandmother to two lovely boys.

Administrative Officer

N Sankar

B.Com, ACA(India)

Every organisation needs a level head. N Sankar consistently provides his practicality, performing this role exceeding well for Shanti Niwas! N Sankar, an accountant, migrated to New Zealand two decades ago. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has worked in India, Fiji and New Zealand in the accounting area.

He values a high level of integrity and exudes it in his personal and work commitment. His interests include community service, providing support to anyone in need, listening to music, meditation, travelling, and creating new friendships.

Life Style & Activity Officer

Krishna Dave


Intensely community focused, Krishna Dave is a huge asset to Shanti Niwas.

Intensely community focused, Krishna Dave is a huge asset to Shanti Niwas.

Krishna is a Science Graduate from India with extensive experience in the field of Science. With years of working experience in Pharma, he worked largely in the hygiene industry in India until 2017.

In 2018, he migrated to New Zealand with his family. Before joining Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust, he was working at BP Connect as a Customer Service Representative. The perfect path for him!

Right from a young age, Krishna has been very community focused. His parent’s influence highlighted the importance of always doing Community Service. They led by example by serving their local communities in different ways through various organisations.

Taking those learning further into the Community Support Service Field, he gets immense satisfaction from serving and supporting senior members in Shanti Niwas.