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

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

Women’s Refuge supports The Warehouse Group for removing R18 games and DVDs from its shelves

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014
“Making a stand to not stock R18 games and DVDs from stores is a progressive and laudable step for a retail business,” says Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge, Heather Henare. “Keeping these products out of iconic family stores like The Warehouse and Noel Leeming shows that every person, group or business can take a stand to make our communities safer places,” she says. Some extreme R18 games or DVDs diminish the importance and respect towards women and children. “The... Read more

Elves on Shelves to bring Christmas cheer to Women's Refuge 2014

Wednesday December 3rd, 2014
The Warehouse has partnered with Women’s Refuge to bring some Christmas cheer to women and children around New Zealand who seek help over the holiday season, by facilitating a nationwide gifting campaign called Elves on Shelves. The initiative runs between 1 – 19 December, whereby Kiwis can drop off gifts at any of the 92 The Warehouse stores nationwide to be donated to Women’s Refuge for distribution among at risk women and children who seek shelter from domestic violence. ... Read more


Latest events

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

Hui for Child Advocates and others who work with children in the area of Domestic Violence

28 August 2014
If you work with children, our Child Advocates Hui may be of interest to you. Anyone wanting to upskill in your mahi can attend the first day on Thursday 28th August but you'll have to be quick as registrations are limited. The focus of this Hui is on the work that we all do, as a community of practitioners, with children and adolescents affected by domestic violence. It is hoped that by the end of this Hui you will have made new connections and gained some new tools and ideas to assist you in the... Read more