News & events

Our events raise awareness about the serious issue of domestic violence in New Zealand, let women who are victims of abuse know about our services, and help raise the funds vital for our work making life safer for women and their children.

Latest news

Women’s Refuge CE is announced

Monday March 9, 2015
Women’s Refuge has announced its new Chief Executive. Dr Ang Jury will be taking over the helm of the largest agency in New Zealand that deals with domestic violence from the 25th March.“It is a great honour to be selected to lead Women’s Refuge,” says Dr Jury. Dr Jury has worked in the domestic violence area for almost 20 years, the majority of this time from within the Women’s Refuge movement in Aotearoa. She comes to this role from her previous position as Manager... Read more

National Home Safety Service

5 March 2015
Ngā Whare Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa - National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges (NCIWR) on behalf of the 41 affiliated member Women’s Refuges in partnership with Shakti New Zealand and the Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project are delighted to have been awarded the contract to run the National Home Safety Service.Collectively, the partnership between these three organisations provides for a comprehensive set of domestic violence services and long-standing expertise on successful... Read more

New Chief Executive appointed to Skylight

13 November 2014
Skylight, a highly regarded national not-for-profit social enterprise that supports people of all ages through times of change, trauma, loss and grief, is delighted to announce the appointment of Heather Henare as its new Chief Executive. Ms Henare is currently the Chief Executive of Women's Refuge and will take up her new post with Skylight in February 2015. Heather Henare is a qualified Senior Social Worker and has held positions at Child Youth and Family as a Senior Practice Consultant and Senior... Read more


Latest events

See the Kate Sheppard statue at Tin Palace Arts Space, Lyttelton

Sunday 8 March - Sunday 12 April
Lyttelton’s Tin Palace gallery celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March with the unveiling of a sculpture of Kate Sheppard as part of its Through the Glass Ceiling exhibition. Commissioned by Women’s Refuge and designed and constructed by Propellor Studios in Wellington last year the sculpture is on display in Te Waipounamu/the South Island for the first time since the work was launched amid controversy in September last year.The opening celebration at Tin Palace included... Read more

Tina Cross performing two café shows – Palmerston North and Whanganui

30 & 31 October 2014
If you live in these areas and want to support your local refuges the well-known songbird Tina Cross is performing two shows. Whanganui breakfast show from 7am Thursday October 30th at Mint Café and Bar; and Palmerston North afternoon show from 5.30pm Friday October 31st at Café Express. If you want tickets contact Whanganui Women’s Refuge 06 3442204 or Palmerston North Refuge on 06 3545355. Don’t miss out as you will hear ‘Walk Away’ a thought provoking touching... Read more

Sculpture OnShore Event

6-16 November 2014 in Auckland
Women’s Refuge encourages all people to visit the Biennial exhibition of hundreds of fantastic sculptures and artworks at the historic cliff-top Fort Takapuna reserve in Devonport next month. Money raised from this event is donated to Women’s Refuge. Please consider attending this event and sharing it via your Facebook page. http://www.nzsculptureonshore.co.nz  ... Read more