Friends of Women's Refuges Trust

Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust Patrons:

Judy Bailey ONZM
Genevieve Becroft QSM
Lenore Sumpter QSM
Qiujing Easterbrook-Wong


Rhonwen Dewar - Chair
Jill Goddard - Treasurer
Trisha Whiting - Secretary
Liz Darlow
Tania Stewart
Dorothy McHattie
Sally Dewar
Rachel Brebner
Kathryn Todd
Janet Hird
Jo Kitteridge
Lisa McCloskey

Friends of Women’s Refuge Trust Committee 2018

The Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust (FOWR), a registered charitable trust since 2007, began life in 1995 to provide financial assistance to women’s refuges in New Zealand. Funds are raised principally through NZ Sculpture OnShore (NZSOS), which FOWR owns and operates. Since its inception, FOWR has donated over $1.65 million to women’s refuges. Today it one of the largest non-governmental funding sources for NZ Women’s Refuge.

Through its donations FOWR supports the vital work of Women’s Refuge by funding specific projects, activities and resources. These have included: the establishment of a fund to provide ongoing counselling services for women who have accessed Women's Refuges' services; the production of “Fresh Start” information packs; and “Mokopuna” child advocacy kits. Donations are also used in very practical ways for the provision of items for safe houses around the country. Necessities such as white-ware, furniture, bedding and linen have been very gratefully received by the 45 members of the National Collective of Women's Refuges. Our funds have also allowed for the such things as provision of winter nightwear packages for women and children in need.

About us

The continuing success of FOWR relies on a large group of passionate and dedicated people, most of whom give their time and expertise voluntarily. Working alongside the twelve trustees of FOWR and its current Patrons are seven NZSOS board members, over 400 event volunteers and a small team of paid professionals. NZSOS is very fortunate to have a number of financial patrons and sponsors. Existing Patrons of FOWR are: Judy Bailey ONZM and founders of NZSOS: Genevieve Becroft QSM and Lenore Sumpter QSM. Art patron and philanthropist, Erika Congreve was also one of our founding Patrons, until recently. In 2018 we are delighted to welcome co-founder and director of Borderless Productions Qiujing Easterbrook-Wong as our newest patron to this list of influential people aspiring to make a difference.

We are looking forward to working with our community of people once again to help stage what promises to be an engaging, educational and thought provoking 2018 NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition. Come and experience a pre-eminent sculpture event at Fort Takapuna, and help us support NZ Women’s Refuges from 3rd - 18th November.

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous and on-going support of our sponsors.
To find out more about how these organisations help us to help Women's Refuge, click on the logos below.