I've been doing this work for around 4 1/2 years and I've learned a few things about women's refuges. One of those things is how women's refuges in NZ actually operate - the structure of that, and what it looks like. I do not work for any women's refuges or for the National Collective of … Continue reading How women’s refuges in NZ operate – and why your local refuge needs your support.
Today was one of those special days. I am privileged to have them more than most people, and I live in the joy and beauty of them. It all started a couple of months ago when I met a woman and her teenaged girls at the refuge. There had been terrible things happen, and they … Continue reading Community shopping #empowershop
An update, and an apology from Auntie Michele. Part of my job as Aunties Chair is to keep you all updated with what has been achieved each month but I’ve been swanning about on the other side of the world for a bit and have missed officially reporting back for a few weeks. Auntie Jackie, … Continue reading What the Aunties did. May Edition
School bags, blue hair, swimming lessons, food, phones and new collaborations – so much has happened in the last couple of months in the life of the Aunties we haven’t even officially reported in. Aunty Jackie has done a fine job of staying in touch with everyone, but here’s the official summary of what … Continue reading What the Aunties Did: Jan, Feb 2017
Yesterday was a big donations pick up day. I asked a friend, Blair, if he would come and help me. And then I asked him if he'd write about it, in an effort to make other people maybe think about doing it too. These are his words (and I didn't pay him, I promise). Jackie … Continue reading A Day Spent Auntying With The Aunty-In-Charge
This year has been a seminal one, both for me personally, and for the Aunties. There are a lot of people to thank - people who were uber aunties, and people who made my job coordinating donations for first 2, and now 5, womens refuges, much easier. Thanks first and foremost to the people who … Continue reading Gratitude 2016.