At Women’s Refuge our mission is to liberate women, children, family and whanau from family violence by providing quality services and social commentary.


The National Collective of Independent Womens Refuges is the umbrella organisation of 40 independent Womens Refuges across New Zealand. Each refuge has specific support needs and application requirements, to learn more about positions available please see current vacancies.

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Please note you must be living in New Zealand – and qualify to work in New Zealand – to apply for a position at Women’s Refuge.

The organisation and affiliates are supported by a valued team comprised of both paid and volunteer positions.

  • We provide our team with training and on-going support to assist in learning about our organisation and the work that we do.
  • We are proud to have a strong commitment to both the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi Treaty of Waitangi and parallel development.
  • We are also fully committed to the importance of Equal Employment Opportunities.

We believe in our people; we believe in our values:

  • Whakapapa: Relationships built on kinship and reciprocity.
  • Tikanga: Practicing with integrity.
  • Wairua: Honoring diversity.
  • Tapu: Promoting self-understanding and development.
  • Mauri: Maintenance of the individual identity and values within a collective.
  • Mana: Inspirational leadership.

Why Women’s Refuge?

“The reason I do this is because unlike hundreds of women here in New Zealand I can go home at the end of the day, they can’t”


“You’re not just part of a team, you’re part of a whanau here. Lots of laughing happens around here”


“I come to work everyday to try and make change”


Current Vacancies



Te Whare O Ngā Tūmanako Māori Womens Refuge – West Auckland


40hrs a week

Do you enjoy a challenge and strive to always bring the best to those you serve?

Do you have a can-do attitude and work well under pressure?

We are looking for a great team player to join our small team who shares our vision and passion for our tamariki and whānau.

We connect whānau and individuals to life skill services that are relevant to their journey and where necessary other supports as part of a full wrap around service.

A tertiary qualification in social work would be ideal.

Experience in working with those impacted by Family/Domestic Violence.

The ability to work within a Kaupapa Māori framework.

A commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and understanding of Te Ao Māori concepts.

Contact person at refuge

Email cover letter and CV to


National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges

Programme Support


We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and positive to join our existing team based in our great new office space in Wellington.

If you offer strong administration experience, enjoy working in a team, know what it means to take ownership of a role, then we would like to hear from you. This role will keep you busy and while the team enjoys a good laugh and shares lively banter, it is all about getting the work done.

We enjoy a healthy workspace culture and to keep it this way, we place a lot of value on finding a good ‘fit’ for our teams. Good interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships well are key attributes we are looking for.

What is required in this role?

  • To work responsibly alongside team mates to provide critical support functions within a niche service provision space.
  • High level efficiency to ensure we have things covered and the boxes are always ticked.

What will you be doing?

  • Data input with high attention to detail
  • Coordinating services
  • Managing in box with team members
  • Picking up work overflow within the team
  • Accurate data capture

 What is needed?

  • Previous general administration experience
  • Can-do attitude, and a strong team player
  • Strong communication & relationship management skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Well organised and structured
  • Competency across Microsoft Office suite
  • Responsive and resourceful
  • Diligent and Savvy
  • This role requires professional conduct, team work and supports outcomes for both Maori and Tauiwi.

If you think this role might be for you, to apply: We will require a covering letter, CV and a completed application for appointment form. Submit your application to

The successful applicant will be required to undergo reference checks and security clearance.

Applicants for this position should have New Zealand residency or a valid New Zealand work visa.

Read through the full job description here or request one directly from us as directed below.

Contact: Cheryl Gibbs to request a position description and an application form directly from us:  Phone: (04) 802 5078  Or visit our website for an application form and a copy of the job description at

Applications for this role close at 12 noon on 16 December 2022.


Check out the Seek link here


Gore & Clutha Women’s Refuge


House Mother – Balclutha House


Gore & Clutha Women’s Refuge has an exciting new job opportunity for a House Mother in our house in Balclutha.  The house mother manages every aspect of the home, creating a welcoming and homely environment for the women and children living there. This position would suit a highly motivated and experienced person who is driven to support women and children during their difficult time of adjustment.

Their main roles will be to provide direct support to our clients and act as a liaison between them and all other staff. They will be responsible for ensuring that their clients are safe, healthy, well cared for and supported.  You will be providing emotional support to the children residing in the house as well, who are experiencing difficulties with their families or adjusting to new situations, duties will also include:

  • Providing support and guidance to clients/families to help them develop socially and emotionally.
  • Maintaining a clean and safe environment for clients in the house, including basic house cleaning duties.
  • Facilitate house meetings on a weekly basis or when required.
  • Supporting clients around good nutrition, hygiene, and cleaning practices.
  • Co-ordinating activities with clients that could involve other members of staff or local community groups.
  • Support with house viewings and any paperwork they may have to complete.
  • Being available 24/7 on a roster basis for the crisis line.
  • Maintain up to date and accurate information in relevant databases and files.

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualities and attributes:

  • Courteousness and fairness.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • The ability to work unsupervised.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Takes the initiative to develop and maintain personal knowledge base.
  • Displays a responsible, friendly and flexible attitude.
  • Shows empathy, kindness and respect towards clients.
  • Be computer literate.

This is a Permanent Part Time Position of 36 hours per week including weekends, living in could be an option.  An appointment is subject to Police vetting.

For further information or to apply please email or send your CV and covering letter to

Any queries please phone the Main Office on 03 208 8384.  Applications close

16th December 2022.