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

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