Our patron and kuia

“The welfare of women and children has been close to my heart for many years, particularly after delivering some of the horror stories in our news bulletins. The science of brain development tells us how damaging exposure to domestic violence is for the brains of young children. It also tells us that being surrounded by violence is just as bad as actually being hit. I wholeheartedly support the work of Women's Refuge to provide services that help women and children escape violence in their lives.”Judy Bailey ONZM
Patron of Women’s Refuge







“I go right back to the very beginnings of Women’s Refuge in
the early 80's when there were many legislative changes happening to make it very difficult for women and children to be safe if they had to leave a relationship. There weren’t many supportive agencies at that time to help women or their whānau. Over the years families have become separated, mums and daughters sadly are not as close as they were decades ago, and some families have few resources to offer help.

Women’s Refuge is so important, as we are often the only face out there when our families are devastated by violence with nowhere to go. Our houses and community offices are there for women and offer a non-judgemental safe space to talk and receive help. But more importantly we do major work in rebuilding families.

There is a huge amount of work going on out there and I am proud to support not only the workers of Women’s Refuge but also the thousands of women, children and tane they work with in the community.

"Kōrero tahi, mahi a te mahi. Ahakoa te hara, aroha ki te tangata.”
Aunty Kiwa Hutchen QSMTe Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngati Porou and Kai Tahu
Kuia of Women’s Refuge