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

Programme Support – Fixed Term: One year 
NCIWR, Wellington

    • The Programme and Service Support is responsible for engaging with and supporting affiliated refuges at a regional and local level.
    • We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and positive to join our existing team 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.

Applications for this role close at 12 noon on 30th November 2021
Please click here for the Panui Nov 2021, JD Programme Support Position Description, Application form
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Data and Development Support – Fixed Term: Six months
NCIWR, Wellington

    • The Data and Development Support role provides operational assistance for programmes that support the work of Women’s Refuge, both here in our Wellington Office and to our member refuges. The role sits within our Research and Development Hub, a business unit of the NCIWR National Office.
    • We are looking for an experienced, high performing individual to join our team at National Office. We need someone who’s resilient, collaborative, self-managing and can build and maintain solid relationships across the organisational spectrum.

Applications for this role close at 12 noon on 30th November 2021
Please click here for the Panui Data Dev Support NOV 2021  , Data and Development Support JD , Application form[1]
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If you are interested in working for a Refuge please explore the options below to find vacancies in your area.


Social Services Worker
West Christchurch Women’s Refuge

    • The role is for the provision of the Whanau Resilience Service, promoting long term healing and recovery from family violence; and to work as part of the team providing community & crisis response refuge services. A qualified social worker or experienced family violence worker is required. Training & ongoing support specific to the role & to family violence is provided.
    • A risk assessment for the role in accordance with the Ministry of Health and WorkSafe guidelines has been completed and a worker who is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is required.

Closing Date: 13th December, 2021
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