Collection: Where to go for help

For urgent and immediate help please contact emergency services.

Refuge organisations are the mainstay of domestic violence assistance and education in NZ. It’s a very political field, dominated by two major providers, and most refuge organisations are affiliated to the IWRCNZ (Independent Women’s Refuge Collective NZ) – some are not. Regardless, all struggle with funding and I have always said: give your money to your local refuge organisations. If you want a comprehensive list of affiliated refuge organisations, that would be HERE

This is NOT  a comprehensive list, but it is a list of refuge organisations that I either have a personal relationship with or that I have talked to, and it works from North to South.

I have also listed organisations that I rate and that people have found more effective, or suitable at that moment in their lives,  than traditional routes. I have included crisis line numbers if you need help, and if you don’t, I have included donation links. Handy.

Whare Timatatanga Hou Ora Inc:  Kaitaia
Grace Hill-Lydiard (Admin)
t: 09 408 2946
09 576 6551
Donate now!

Te Puna O Te Aroha (Whangarei)
(09) 437 2127
Office (09) 437 2127

Rodney Women’s Refuge (Hestia)
Crisis Line:  0800321361

Kia Timata Ano Trust (Kumeu and districts)
09 4119394
Ana: 021842917 (crisis line)

Tu Wāhine Trust (West Auckland)
Provide support to wāhine through counselling, therapy, support with court appearances etc
09 838 8700

Eastern Refuge Society (East Auckland)
Rhonda (manager)
T: 09 576 6551
0800REFUGE (crisis line)

Inner City Women’s Group (Grey Lynn, Papatoetoe)
09 360 4933
09 279 8727
Name: Inner City Group for Women
ASB Bank 12-3012-0760991-00

Te Whanau Rangimariē (South Auckland)
Annetta (refuge)
Kara (admin)
(09) 275-1230
(09) 390-1283 (refuge phone)
Give now!

Te Whariki Manawahine O Hauraki – Hauraki Women’s Refuge
Crisis Line 24/7 : 0800 868 3132
Office: 07 868 8475

Waiariki Womens Refuge (Rotorua)
Crisis/Office/Fax: (07) 349 0852
Donate: 03-1545-0004380-000

Waitomo Waipa Women’s Refuge
e:0800 86 733 843
Crisis only: 0800 155 799
Office: (07) 878 5081

Taumarunui Womens Refuge and Support Centre – covers as far as Taihape
Office/Crisis: (07) 896 7869

Tauranga Moana Women’s Refuge
Crisis line: 0800 86 733 843
Office:  07 541 1910


Whanau Awhina Women’s Refuge, Whakatane
Community Office: 82 Goulstone Road, Kopeopeo, Whakatane
Crisis/Office: (07) 308 5531
If you would like to donate, just email the admin and they will give you the bank account number.

Te Whare Tu Wahine Gisborne Womens Refuge
Crisis: (06) 867 9427
Office: (06) 867 9427

Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Womens Refuge – ki Porirua
Ground Floor, Pember House, 16 Hagley St.
Crisis/Office: (04) 237 7027
Donate Now!

Nelson Womens and Childrens Refuge Services
Nga Wahine Tamariki Punanga O Whakatu
Crisis only: 0800 16 33 44
Office: (03) 544 0616

Aviva – Canterbury
(03) 378 3847 or 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669)
Donate Now!