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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)

Kaiārahi – NCIWR Quality Service Support


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 family 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.

About the Role

We are looking for someone to fill a Kaiārahi role based at our national office in Wellington.  Primarily the role supports our national office operations to provide services to affiliated member refuges.

The Kaiārahi – Quality service support fulfils a key monitoring and audit function to identify evidence of good practice and quality service and are in line with NCIWR standards of practice, with policies and procedures being followed. In carrying out this function, refuge members are enabled to be lead providers of family violence intervention and prevention services.

This position is part of a tight knit team that prides themselves on camaraderie, efficiency, underpinned by proud team culture supporting outcomes for both Māori and Tauiwi. 

Key Requirements for this role:

  • Ability to travel frequently with overnight stays away from home is essential.
  • A non-judgmental and impartial approach while performing an audit function is a strong requirement for this position.

Key performance areas:

  • Information gathering, evaluation, interpretation
  • Planning and project management skills
  • Excellent report writing skills

This is a full-time position based at the National Office in Wellington.  Management experience within community development or relationship management, implementing policies and practices and/or a community audit function is desirable.  Experience working in community development or for a not-for-profit organisation would be an advantage.

  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo reference checks and security clearance.
  • Applications from NZ citizens or permanent residents only will be accepted for consideration.

To apply for this position please send us a cover letter and an application form with your CV.

Application forms and a position description are available below or contact to request an application form and a full job description.

Application Form
Job Description

Applications for this position close on 24 May 2024.