Resources to organisations in NZ


National Women’s Organisations

The Ministry for Women – 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.

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 – The 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

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. New Zealand Prostitute’s Collective – advocates for the rights, health & well being of all sex workers.

Zonta is an international 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.


Women’s Health Action New Zealand – Working to improve the health & well being in New Zealand. –

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.

Family Planning New Zealand Also follow ALRANZ on wordpress Family Planning New Zealand – provides a range of services including sexual & reproductive health information, clinical services, education, training & research.

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.

Pay Equity

The Pay Equity Challenge is a coalition of community, employer, union & academic groups committed to keeping Pay Equity issues on the government’s agenda. Find here information such as latest pay statistics.

Follow also the the Treat her Right campaign – they too understand that paying Women less has been illegal in NZ since 1972 and are going to be really active in 2017.

Family Violence Resources & Women’s Refuge.

We can currently expect the death of a woman in New Zealand every 8 weeks in a domestic dispute and our domestic violence statistics are too high to believe. We’ve much work to do here and our organisations working to protect us & prevent violence are mostly & hugely underfunded.

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.

National Network to stopping Violence. Te Kupenga – the National Network of 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 – Is an organisation that aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men. They offer resources such as this tool box Here’s a print out/poster that can teach men ‘how to be a good guy’ to help educate our guys.- They also hold a National appeal each year. The White Ribbon.

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.

Below are further contacts to Other Organisations working to end Violence in NZ-

Here you will also find contacts to other organisations in NZ –

Shine –

Man Alive-

Safe Network –

Educational resources in NZ to teach young people about respectful relationships.

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 – again teaching about sex and respect in different educational settings, as well as where to get help and counselling.

Organisations focused on making the world a better place

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 -

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – 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. –

Double The Quota- New Zealand’s refugee intake is an international shame, garnering criticism both from international leaders and internally. The tiny 2016 increase was described by The Dominion Post as “callous” and by The NZ Herald as “pathetic” For more information:

The NZ Red Cross 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:

There are also more than a dozen other organisations around New Zealand’s six (soon to be seven) refugee locations – such as supporting former refugees to learn to drive and sponsoring family members for relocation.

A comprehensive list is also at the Red Cross website: l-resources/ and for information about volunteering – -help-former-refugees/

You can also provide practical support to migrants and refugees by volunteering to teach English through English Language Partners

The Human Rights Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. –

Auckland Women’s Centre – Provides affordable, quality welfare & support services, personal development educational opportunities, events & collective advocacy on Women’s issues.

RAW – offers socially disadvantaged women a pathway forward to a different lifestyle through an unprecedented level of wrap around support and education.

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.

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 –

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.

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.


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 ~ “ 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. Our name comes from a Māori waiata:

E tū kahikatea
Hei whakapae ururoa
Awhi mai awhi atu
Tātou tātou e

Stand like the kahikatea tree
To brave the storms
Embrace and receive each other
We are one together 

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations – advocates and represents students NZUSA has a leadership role in facilitating pro-student campaigns, undertaking research about the impact of tertiary education policy, monitoring the quality of education through NZ, and coordinating and supporting Student Job Search (SJS) to act with one unified student voice.

Women in Business

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.

Global Women – Global Women is a collaboration of New Zealand’s most influential women leaders promoting inclusion and diversity for improved societal and economic growth.- ​

For the Girls

GirlGuiding New Zealand – Nau mai, haere mai ki Nga Kohine Whakamahiri o Aotearoa. – works to enable girls and young women to develop their full potential and make a difference in the world. –

Girls’ Brigade New Zealand – is an international Christian movement for girls aged 5 – 18. Groups in New Zealand meet weekly after school or in the early evening for activities, games and devotions. Outings, camps, adventure sports and international events offer girls opportunities to enjoy challenges, grow friendships, learn new skills, and strengthen faith: all while having fun.

A few WOMEN’S SPACES ONLINE in New Zealand.

Women Who Get Shit Done New Zealand –

Ace Lady Network – Exactly as it says and Ace lady Network #seachange #self-made women #secksequality and

Mothers Feminist Wellington – FB Group – Mothers Network is unique in that its focus is on the mother’s. Its groups are run by mothers, for mothers. Its main goal is to give women a means to develop networks of support within their own community.

Wellington Young Feminists – “We aim to create a space to hear young women’s voices and to foster discussion around issues that are important to us. We hold events and activities which promote the importance of feminism, find power in the company of like-minded people, and generally have a good time.”

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.

Campus Feminist Collective – Collective of feminists based at the University of Auckland.

Auckland Feminist Action – group of women from diverse Feminist political persuasions young and older and are keen to question, hear from and discuss the position and role of woman, and debate current issues that discriminate and/or mysogynise women and young girls through legislation, policy and practice whether it be in school,education, home, workplace, internet, social networking and media in general –

Twitter Handles to follow.