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Chief Executive

Dr Ang Jury ONZM

Dr Jury has worked in the domestic violence area for over 20 years, the majority of this time from within the Women’s Refuge movement in Aotearoa.

Dr Jury has worked within the Women's Refuge movement since the 1990's and fulfilled every role within Women’s Refuge from volunteer, to advocate, to management to board member. In addition, she has been instrumental in the development of cross agency collaborations both regionally and nationally.

Her history through the 1990’s involved teaching, researching, writing and speaking in the areas of gender and domestic violence while completing doctoral research (an exploration of the role of shame within abusive relationships) at Massey University.

Dr Jury has since presented her research to a number of forums within New Zealand and internationally. After completing formal studies she worked for some time developing and coordinating family violence collaborations within the Manawatu and Whanganui regions under the umbrella of the government’s Te Rito Family Violence Strategy before returning to Women’s Refuge and her most recent role in 2009.

In January 2022 Dr Jury received an ONZM from the Queen in the New Years Honours List.

Te Taumata o Te Kōwhai Core Group

These seven women form an overarching governing board that makes strategic decisions about how the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges operates. It guides our organisation, and is responsible for setting our strategic direction based on the views and needs of refuge members.

The group ensures that Women’s Refuge operates as a truly ‘bottom-up’ organisation. One tangata whenua Māori representative and one tauiwi non-Māori representative from each of the Women’s Refuge’s four regions are represented on the Te Taumata o Te Kōwhai Core Group.

Our current representatives are:


Left to right –

Hana Kakoi
Southern Region Māori

Opal Moir
Northern Region Tauiwi

Zona May Heta
Northern Region Māori

Terri Leveillee
Central Region Tauiwi

Naomi Ogg 
Lower North Region Māori

Rachel Black
Southern Region Tauiwi

Martina Cziharz
Lower North Region Tauiwi