RESOURCES AND ORGANISATIONS
Below you’ll find contacts for organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand working towards a more gender equal, equitable, safer nation.
Follows are details to leading Women’s organisations, Women’s Refuges, Sexual and Domestic Violence points for contact, information for our Rainbow community, Educational resources for young people – Women’s health…. & other organisations supporting our communities from a feminist perspective.
The Ministry for Women NZ – Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine exists to improve lives for New Zealand women. ~ The Ministry is the Government’s principal advisor on achieving better results for women, and wider New Zealand.
The Māori Women’s Welfare League – Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora, are always looking for new members. The current National President is Māori land rights lawyer Prue Kapua who is using the MWWL platform to make sure Māori women’s voices are being heard on contemporary social economic issues.
The National Council of Women New Zealand – Te Kaunihera Wahine O Aotearoa. Works to build a Gender Equal NZ & has been doing so for 120 years. An umbrella organisation with a volunteer board & 21 branches nationwide. More than 290 organisations are members as well as individual Women. The NCWNZ remains strong and is always welcoming new members.
Gender Equal NZ ~ We’re determined to make equality, reality for all New Zealanders ~ This is a really good resource ~ discussing economic independence, safety & health, education, & inclusive decision making, thus the seat of power ~ Gender Equal NZ is a National Council of Women NZ initiative.
Rural Women New Zealand caters to rural Women specifically, is a membership-based organisation which supports people in rural communities through learning opportunities, advocacy & connection.
UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand – UN Women’s work is to foster Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality throughout the world. UN Women NZ works throughout the Pacific. You can become a member & volunteer.
Islamic Women’s Council – of New Zealand (IWCNZ) is a group that was formed to cater specifically for the needs of Muslim women around the country. IWCNZ supports Muslim women’s empowerment
The NZ Human Rights Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.
YWCA New Zealand – Support individual & community change by empowering Women, especially young Women. They work to develop leadership qualities through a holistic approach and are committed to addressing oppression & are working to attain social & economic justice for Women. YWCA can be found in our major towns & cities.
Zonta International District 16 NZ ~ organisation of professionals empowering Women through service and advocacy. In New Zealand Zonta has been active for 50 years, and has 28 clubs from Northland to Otago. Membership enquiries are most welcome. http://zonta.org.nz/
Women’s Health Action New Zealand – Working to improve the health & well being in New Zealand.
Family Planning New Zealand – provides a range of services including sexual & reproductive health information, clinical services, education, training & research. At our clinics we can help with contraception, STI testing and treatment, cervical screening, pregnancy testing, abortion referrals, PMS and menopause, HPV vaccinations, and advice and support for other sexual and reproductive health issues. We work with people of any gender, age, nationality or sexual orientation. Our services are confidential and non-judgemental.
Women In Urbanism Aotearoa NZ ~ Our mission is to transform our towns and cities into more beautiful, inspiring and inclusive places for everyone. We do this by amplifying the voices and actions of all self-identifying wāhine, girls and non-binary people.
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom NZ – WILPF Aotearoa is part of the international women’s peace organisation established in 1915. Since then, WILPF has brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by nonviolent means and promoting political, economic and social justice for all.ALRANZ,
Abortion Law Reform Association New Zealand – Abortion Rights Aotearoa – First Stop for information & steps you can take to change Abortion Law in NZ, after-all, abortion is a health matter Not A Crime.
RAW – offers socially disadvantaged women a pathway forward to a different lifestyle through an unprecedented level of wrap around support and education. ~ RAW’s model surrounds disadvantaged women with all the skills, confidence, and culture they need to turn a life of crime into a life of promise.
Pacific Women’s Watch NZ – Pacific Women’s Watch was established to be a link to the Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW), the umbrella Watch which monitors, review and reports on the status of women in the Asia-Pacific Region. Over 60 percent of the world’s women live in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Women in International Security Aotearoa New Zealand – is dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security, which is really important, because Women are not present at the tables of peace. Women very rarely lead peace negotiations are signatories or negotiators in the process of peace & Women are affected by War disproportionately.
Family & Sexual Violence Resources ~ Refuges & organisations.
Women’s Refuge NZ – Are a Women’s organisation for women and their children. They exist to help prevent and stop family violence in New Zealand. They offer education programmes and support services, information and safe housing to women, young people and children experiencing abuse. They also offer advice to concerned friends and family members. https://womensrefuge.org.nz/what-we-do/
Find a Sexual Assault Support Centre near you: This is an excellent resource for assistance of all kind and in nondiscriminatory ~ A list of agencies includes Auckland agencies, followed by support services in the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand, in geographical order. Please note that most sexual assault agencies are posted in the Personal Emergencies section of the Telecom White Pages. In emergencies call 111.
Te Kupenga Whakaoto Mahi Patunga – National Network to stopping Violence ~ is a bicultural organisation based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Their vision is for all people in Aotearoa to live safely & respectfully in a society free of all forms of violence. They offer information to help understand violence
Shakti New Zealand – To facilitate and ensure the good health and overall well-being of New Zealand’s migrant and refugee communities through culturally competent services within a culturally appropriate environment.
White Ribbon NZ – Is an organisation that aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men. https://whiteribbon.org.nz/ They offer resources such as this tool box https://whiteribbon.org.nz/toolbox/ Here’s a print out/poster that can teach men ‘how to be a good guy’ to help educate our guys.
It’s Not OK – Learn about the danger signs that someone is at serious risk of being killed or harmed. Find advice & information to stop violence in your family. Learn how you can help someone who may be experiencing violence in their family.
The Aunties – help to provide sustained support for women and kids who have been through domestic violence. They also seek to spread light to the most vulnerable. ~ The Aunties primary focus is to provide the material needs for the people who use the services of those organisations, and for the women that I have as individual clients.
The Backbone Collective ~ is a national coalition of survivors of Violence Against Women in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are many aspects of society that survivors often negotiate after they have experienced violence and abuse. There are institutions and services designed to work directly or formally with survivors (for example, the police, the courts, health services, Child Youth & Family Services) as well as agencies, groups or individuals working indirectly or informally (for example, social services, community services, ecclesiastic services, interventions from schools, friends, whānau or family members).
Jigsaw ~ Central Lakes, Otago ~ Jigsaw Central Lakes was founded in 1992 with a focus on supporting women that had been affected by sexual abuse. Today we work with domestic and sexual violence as well as providing services for children, youth, men and women. Jigsaw helps many people affected by violence to improve their lives by creating safer homes. We also work with offenders that want to change their behaviours and improve their family and individual situation. Domestic abuse includes emotional, verbal, financial, psychological and physical violence. Intimidating and threatening behaviours are common and are quite often under reported. ~ For free support call 0508 440 255
Shine – Shine’s vision is Safer Homes in New Zealand Every day. Our mission is to stop domestic abuse in New Zealand.
Safe Network – “we work with people who have problematic or concerning sexual behaviours, assisting them to learn to express themselves in healthier ways. ~ Our goal is to have a safe community for our children – we work not only to stop individuals’ harmful sexual behaviour, but ultimately to keep future generations safe too.”
Sexual Abuse HELP Wellington ~ Providing specialised support for people affected by sexual abuse and assault across Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti. We support anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or sexuality. Our mission is to reduce the impact on individuals, families and communities. Our vision is a world free from sexual violence.
Sexual Abuse HELP Auckland ~ We are HELP Auckland. If you or someone you love has been impacted by sexual abuse, we want you to know that you can reach out to us anytime you need us. We are here for you when you are ready. We are here to support you, to assist you and your loved ones to heal from the harm of sexual abuse or assault.
Our services are free of charge. You might be feeling like a victim, but you can feel like a survivor too.
Our Rainbow Community
Gender Minorities Aotearoa ~ is a cross cultural, transgender led organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand, which operates on a kaupapa Maori public health framework. Aims to facilitate health and well-being for takataapui, transgender, and intersex populations, as defined by The World Health Organisation, Te Pae Mahutonga, and The Ottawa Charter. Our vision is for all takataapui, transgender, and intersex people to be empowered by a full range of choices across all aspects of their lives, and to be able to participate fully in society.
Rainbow Youth ~ is a charitable organisation that was established in 1989. RainbowYOUTH is here to work with queer and gender diverse youth as well as their wider communities to ensure that Aotearoa is a place where all young people can thrive.
InsideOUT ~ works to make Aotearoa a safer place for young people of minority genders and sexualities. We are responsible for projects big and small that contribute to making Aotearoa a safer place for young people of all sexual orientations and genders.
The I’m Local Project aims to help queer & gender diverse youth all over Aotearoa to feel valued, recognised and supported in their local communities. ~ Kicked off in 2014 by RainbowYOUTH, the I’m Local project focuses on contacting high schools, medical centres, hospitals, libraries, marae and community centres in more rural or isolated area of Aotearoa and supplying them with free resources about gender and sexuality.
Rainbow Wellington is a group (previously operating under the name GAP) representing the Human Rights interests and to organise the social activities for the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexuals, Intersex, allies and related queer groups in the Greater Wellington region of New Zealand. We also support campaigns that impact on the LGBTI community domestically and Internationally both with visibility, support in campaigning and fundraising.
The Rainbow Tick team can give you the tools to help you become an innovative and inclusive organisation. We will help you to create the policies and processes that will drive a supportive and productive workplace that specifically recognises and welcomes sexual and gender diversity.
Educational resources in NZ to teach young people about respectful relationships & inclusivity.
Inclusive Education ~ Practical guidance for Aotearoa teachers and educational leaders. Check out our 26 guides. Helping you recognise, plan for, and meet the learning and wellbeing needs of diverse learners.
ACC have ‘Mates and Dates’ a healthy relationships program for secondary school students. It is designed to help prevent sexual & dating violence.
Rape Prevention Education – Rape Prevention Education delivers specialist educational programmes that teach young people ways to behave respectfully in relationships with others. The programmes are tailored to provide young people with skills around respectful relating, empathy building, communication in relationships, help seeking, personal safety and safely intervening in social situations where disrespect may be happening.
Sexual Abuse Prevention Network works with schools, workplaces and community groups to educate and create open dialogues about sexual harm and healthy relationships. We provide education, professional development training, advice and consultancy services to assist organisations to prevent sexual harassment and other forms of sexual harm and to build positive healthy relationships and cultures.
Women in Business – Pay Equity – Unions
The Pay Equity Challenge is a coalition of community, employer, union & academic groups committed to keeping Pay Equity issues on the government’s agenda. You’ll find information such as latest pay statistics.
Global Women NZ – is a collaboration of New Zealand’s most influential women leaders promoting inclusion and diversity for improved societal and economic growth.
New Zealand federation of business & Professional Women Incorporated – Works to achieve a just and equal status for women in all levels and areas of society where decisions are taken in true partnership with men, based on mutual respect, for a more balanced and peaceful world.
Working Women’s Resource Centre – aims to encourage unions to become more responsive to the particular needs of working women. To encourage women to join trade unions and press their unions to represent their needs as workers and works to alleviate discrimination in employment in order that women may gain economic and social equity.
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 320,000 New Zealand union members in 31 affiliated unions. They are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.
E tū ~ “..is a democratic union representing tens of thousands of people who work in eight industries. Together we fight for fair pay and conditions on the job.
Living Wage Aotearoa ~ A Living Wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life. A Living Wage will enable workers to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in society. The Living Wage Movement is not aligned to any political party but seeks to influence those who have the power to change the lives of workers and their families. The focus of attention is where incomes are funded through public money, the large employers who can afford to pay a Living Wage. Many small and ethical employers choose to pay a Living Wage and have become accredited.
Organisations focused on making our world in Aotearoa NZ, a better place.
The Helen Clark Foundation ~ We are an independent public policy think tank based in Auckland, New Zealand. Building on the lifetime of public service by our patron Helen Clark, we aim to contribute to policy debates on how to achieve a more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful society. We are non-partisan.
Action Station – Working for a peaceful world where all people are able to enjoy their human rights with dignity. -This is a really good online hub for people to connect with specific issues, start and sign petitions, and have more voices heard. They too welcome volunteers ~ ActionStation is an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation. “Our mission is to tautoko (support) and whakamana (uplift) everyday New Zealanders to act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves all of us – everyday people and Papatūānuku, the planet we love.”
New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective | New Zealand Sex Workers’ Collective – advocates for the rights, health & well being of all sex workers. ~ NZPC Sex Workers’ Collective is a New Zealand wide organisation, which is run by sex workers for sex workers. We advocate for the rights, health, and well being of all sex workers. We are a grass roots not for profit organisation. We provide information and services for people who are doing sex work or thinking about doing sex work.
New Zealand College of Midwives – the professional organisation for midwives. The College provides and promotes quality standards for New Zealand midwives. Their role is a midwifery voice for midwives and women.
Auckland Women’s Centre – Provides affordable, quality welfare & support services, personal development educational opportunities, events & collective advocacy on Women’s issues.
The NZ Red Cross Also runs New Zealand’s refugee resettlement programme and there are options there for everything from donating quality used goods, to volunteering with new families to linking refugees to employment opportunities:
Child poverty Action Group – is an independent charity working to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand through research, education and advocacy. The correlation between Child poverty & Gender Inequality must be made by our politicians –
Community Law – To ensure that everyone in Aotearoa knows and stands up for their rights. They are based all around New Zealand and they offer all sorts of free legal help, from easy-to-read information, to community workshops, to one-on-one legal help.
Good Bitches Baking ~ is a network of people who want to show kindness to those in their communities who are having a tough time. We do this by baking them a delicious treat. There are too many people out there having a tough time: families with children in hospital; those using food banks and soup kitchens; residents in hospice and their loved ones; women and children fleeing domestic violence. We hope to give them just a moment of sweetness in their time of crisis.
Nope Sisters Clothing ~ Our social enterprise is dedicated to creating clothing that carries a strong message. We share sales profits with organisations who have a positive social impact on issues we feel strongly about. Every garment sold gives a donation to a cause we have a personal connection with. We focus on creating ethically and sustainably made garments that really mean something to you.
The Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand ~ To undertake work on global and local sustainability issues and to inspire and empower an informed and compassionate multitude who will help to create a better world for people, other animals and our shared environment
A few other spaces & online places in NZ worth checking out.
NUKU ~Multimedia series featuring 100 kick-ass indigenous women: change-makers, entrepreneurs, creatives, professionals + more…
Ace Lady Network – Exactly as it says and Ace lady Network #seachange #self-made women #seeksequality
On The Rag 24/7 ~ This is a closed group on Facebook to join ~ is a… constant flow… of chat for On the Rag listeners. Welcome! Connect and laugh and eye roll with us!
Women Who Get Shit Done New Zealand – Women Who Get Shit Done Unconferences are collaborative events for women and non-binary folk who get shit done. Who are they? The supporters, the doers, and the problem-solvers among us (you!). Get together for a weekend camp (or an iti one day event) with a hugely diverse group to share, learn, laugh, and build a network to change the world.
Women Studies Association New Zealand – promotes Women’s studies by encouraging feminist research and scholarship, promoting women’s studies courses and events, preserving feminist heritage and sharing the work of our members through publications, events and conferences.