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Whanganui Women’s refuge is an active affiliated member refuge to the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuge’s. Whanganui Women’s Refuge began it’s journey in Whanganui in 1977...


Tomorrow starts here..

Ehara taku toa, he toa taki tini
My success should not be bestowed unto me alone
as it was not individual success but success of a collective

Whanganui Women’s refuge is an active affiliated member refuge to the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuge’s. Whanganui Women’s Refuge began it’s journey in Whanganui in 1977 and became an Incorporated Society in 1986.

Whanganui Women’s Refuge promotes leadership that influences the preventation and elimination of domestic violence in the Whanganui region.

When women live free from domestic violence, they flourish, their families flourish and when families flourish, communities and nations flourish.

Whanganui Women’s Refuge addresses discrimination against women, the abuse of children and challenges the structures and systems that holds the violence. Our work evidences how we promote women’s and children’s safety and wellbeing in our community.

Whanganui Women’s Refuge affirms the integrity and status of mana whenua. We respect the cultural and spiritual traditions of women, children and whanau.

Our values are

•Whakapapa: relationship built on kinship and reciprocity
•Tikanga: practicing with integrity
•Wairua: honouring diversity
•Tapu: promoting self-understanding and development
•Mauri: maintenance of the individual identities and values within a collective
•Mana: inspirational leadership

We have four cornerstones that underpin our values

1.Parallel development
2.Collectivism
3.Feminism
4.Lesbian visibility

Our focus areas are

•Individual and whanau safety
•Building capacity for women and their family
•Promoting societal change: addressing the power imbalances in relationships
•Sustainable funding
•Effective communication
•Sound governance 

We provide safe spaces, advocate for safe home for families, encourage safe change and most of all respect and validate women’s stories, experiences, decision-making and strengths.

Contact us on 

06 344 2204 Crisis/Support Line phone [24 hours]
Email: wrwhanganui@xtra.co.nz

Let’s all contribute to making tomorrow a safe community for the women, children and whanau.

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