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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.

A Day in the Life of a Women’s Refuge Advocate

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

National Office (NCIWR)

Finance Assistant


Women’s Refuge, National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuge Incorporated (Women’s Refuge NZ) is New Zealand’s only national provider working to protect women and children from domestic violence. Our national office provides a wide range of advocacy, advisory, training, fundraising and support services to member refuges, Government, agencies and our many business partners.

Our vision is for all women and children in New Zealand/Aotearoa to live free from family violence.

We are looking for an additional member to join our existing finance team.  Finance is the more serious side of any business however, we make time to have fun too. Someone who enjoys strong team participation, has an eye for detail and gains satisfaction from work done well, would be a good fit for this team.

About the Role

The Finance Assistant will work alongside members of the Finance team. The purpose of the role is to ensure the efficient administration of accounts receivable, payable and account reconciliations across all Xero accounts. The role will carry out general finance and business administration functions to ensure process and integrity of the business is maintained.  Providing support and back up to the Finance Manager during annual field audits will be required.

This position will value team participation and contribute to the greater organisational goals of Women’s Refuge.  This includes providing support and back up functions to Reception, perform general tasks, and participate from time to time in team efforts within the wider national office team.

Experience working for a not-for-profit organisation is not essential but would be an advantage.

Key Performance Indicators would include:

See full Job Description below

Key responsibilities for this role:

  • Ensure finance and administrative functions are underpinned by sound practice
  • Ensure all processes meet both financial accounting standards and audit requirements
  • Integrity of the business is maintained through efficient filing and management of supporting documentation, meeting organisational accountability and audit requirements.
  • Reconciliations are carried out promptly
  • Accounts Payable – full competency across Xero required
  • Accounts Receivable – Sales invoices, credit notes and reconciliations
  • General – provides a range of general support functions

Key requirements

  • High attention to detail
  • Accurate, efficient and resourceful
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Competent across Xero and Microsoft office suite, especially Excel
  • Relevant tertiary qualification and two years’ experience in a similar role
  • Practical experience across:
    • Xero
    • Office administration

 Attributes and Values

  • Positive and supportive attitude
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Ability to quickly establish rapport with others
  • Tolerant and helpful
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo reference checks and security clearance.
  • Only applications from NZ citizens or permanent residents will be accepted for consideration.

All applications should be accompanied by a cover letter and a full CV.

Application forms and a full position description are available here:

Application Form
Job Description

or contact to request an application form and a full job description.