Programmes for Women

Stepping Stones is one of the groups we offer here at Eastern Refuge.  This is a Ministry of Justice approved programme for women who are in, or who have been in, physically or emotionally abusive relationships. Come and learn about the causes and effects of abuse, and develop knowledge that will increase your self-empowerment and self-esteem.

Create a community with other survivors of domestic violence, enhance the skills and strengths to achieve a violence-free lifestyle and develop a safety plan. This group offers a safe place to talk about your situation, be in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, and have support for making changes.

EWR Programmes for Women

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We provide the Parenting Toolbox programme, the early years, which is facilitated by our Child Advocate.  This is a programme for all parents, but with a supportive Refuge twist.  Our Child Advocate shares wisdoms in parenting and helps participants create a framework for parenting that meets the changing needs of our children and young people. We can also access other Parenting Toolbox providers for those who have older children.   Contact our Child Advocate to learn more at

For dates and venues call (09) 576 6551.

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We also offer residential programmes for those women in residential care.  These programmes cater to the needs of those women in residence at any one time and are subject to change, depending on need and demand.  These include but are not limited to: Lifeskills, budgeting, cooking, art therapy, yoga, time management and interview and employment skills.

At Women’s Refuge:

  • All women and children are considered taonga (precious)
  • Women’s and Children’s safety is paramount
  • All women are valued and treated with dignity and their self determination is encouraged
  • We recognise that violence can affect women at any age, with or without children, regardless of their economic  circumstances, their culture, ethnicity or level of education.
  • Children are treasured and nurtured
  • Maori wahine are recognised and respected as tangata whenua

Feed the Whanau

In collaboration with Zonta, East Auckland, Eastern Refuge has established the residential programme aptly named, Feed the Whanau. The programme is designed to encourage healing and education through the growing, preparation and sharing of food and in the development of a community garden for use by both residents and community clients.

Participants will be shown how to feed their family on a budget, whilst encouraging self sufficiency and reconnection with Papatuanuku, through the growing of a community garden. The therapeutic benefit of creating and maintaining their own food source, assists in the empowerment and emancipation of women and children within the Refuge environment.

Preparing and sharing over 80 meals per month, the programme teaches women the importance of the sharing of food and the connections and unity that come from both cooking and eating as a whanau.

A little about our Zonta partners

Feed the WhanauThe Zonta Club of East Auckland Inc. has been serving the East Auckland community since 1987. Zonta are a group of women who have chosen to volunteer their time and skills to help others and to assist young women achieve their full potential. The Club is affiliated to Zonta International, a worldwide organization whose aim is to advance the status of women through service and advocacy.