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

Police Crime Stats don’t tell us the story about domestic violence

1 April 2014
Women’s Refuge congratulates the Police on their crime statistics showing a 29 year low for crime but says today’s statistics fail to give us any reliable or useable information about domestic violence. “It remains a disappointment that crime statistics do not give us any indication about how we are tracking with domestic violence,” says Refuge spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin.“What we are seeing today is a picture of crime in New Zealand that does not adequately include one... Read more

Dreams Raise Money for Women’s Refuge

26 February 2014
A Women’s Refuge dream has come true with the sale of Dream Magnets at The Warehouse stores throughout New Zealand raising $127,508 for the charity. “More than 70,000 Dream Magnets were sold, each with inspiring messages for families,” says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Heather Henare. “Within the package we were also able to share key messages about how people can seek help for domestic violence and also help anyone they knew who might be experiencing domestic... Read more

Women’s Refuge Statement about Tragic Murders In Dunedin

16 January 2014
Last night’s murder of two children by a violent man who had a protection order against him is a tragic reminder of how much more we must do as a society to address domestic and family violence in New Zealand says Heather Henare, Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge. “We need to concentrate on the fact that there is a link between breaches of protection orders and domestic violence murders in this country,” she says, “people who threaten to kill should be treated in... Read more


Latest events

Symposium on Women and Children

4 July 2014
A ‘State of the Nation’ discussion on how life is for Women & Children in New Zealand in 2014 Come along and hear our political panel along with some of our country’s leading academics, thinkers, influencers and strategists in the areas of health, economics, politics and law at this one day Auckland Symposium on July 4th. This day will launch the second Awareness Month for Women’s Refuge and showcase the ‘look’ of our advertising campaign for our Appeal... Read more

Family Violence Awareness Training Program 2014

13 Feb to 11 Dec 2014
Training Calendar.  Please click on the image to zoom and download. For Registration and further information contactMartina 021-0277-0676 mcziharz@gmail.com or The Porirua Women's Refuge 234-6118... Read more

Elves on the Shelves

1 December to 20 December 2013
Be an Elf on the Shelf this Christmas and donate gifts for women and children who use Women’s Refuge this holiday season. From 1st to 20th December, participating The Warehouse stores throughout the country will collect gifts which customers leave under Christmas trees. Bring your gifts to the participating Warehouse stores listed below —  Balclutha Invercargill ... Read more