Supporting Women’s Refuge NZ

Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust

NZ’s largest non-governmental funding source for Women’s Refuge NZ.

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Women’s Refuge NZ

Supporting women and children
experiencing domestic violence

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How you help

The money raised from this year’s event will be donated to Women’s Refuge NZ initiatives

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Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust

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 $2.1 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 such things as provision of winter nightwear packages for women and children in need.

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.

Friends of Womens' Refuges Trustees 2021

We always look forward to working with our community of people to help stage an engaging, educational and thought provoking NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition. Come and experience a pre-eminent bi-annual sculpture event at Fort Takapuna, and help us support Women's Refuge NZ.

Women's Refuge NZ

Women’s Refuge is New Zealand’s largest nation-wide organisation that supports and helps women and children experiencing domestic violence. Since 1973, Women’s Refuge has pioneered work that improves the lives of women and children affected by domestic violence. We provide a wide range of services and programmes delivered by both paid staff and a large network of trained volunteers to ensure that families can live happy violence-free lives.

As well as advocacy and practical support to individuals and their families, we also run training programmes for communities and organisations to help educate people about the impact of domestic and family violence.

As New Zealand’s most significant domestic violence organisation, Women’s Refuge takes a strong advocacy role by working to positively change policy and attitudes about domestic violence. We do this by working closely with the government and running public campaigns – all to help keep women and their children safe.

In 2017, 40,000 women and children required our assistance. We provided 72,218 nights of safe and secure accommodation across the year and answered 140 crisis line calls every day.

Women’s Refuge relies heavily on donations and the goodwill of New Zealanders, as we are only partially funded by the government for the round the clock critical services we provide.

Our vision is for all women and children in New Zealand to live free from domestic and family violence.

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How You Help

The money raised from this year’s NZ Sculpture OnShore event, will be donated to Women’s Refuge NZ  by the Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust for the following initiatives:

Counselling for women

In 2017, the Friends of Women’s Refuge Counselling fund was established to provide sessions with a professional counsellor for women, to support them getting their lives back on track. This year, money raised through NZ Sculpture OnShore will go toward continuing the delivery of this crucial service.

Kids In The Middle

This year, the proceeds from the sale of the artworks will go toward new spaces for children in Women’s Refuge safe houses around the country, as well as to counselling services for women. This brand-new, child-led initiative comes off the back of Kids in the Middle research, a first of its kind project that asked 19 children who had stayed at safe houses what they needed in order to feel safe and secure after experiencing family violence.

Women’s Refuge chief executive Dr Ang Jury said children reported that they need fun, cosy, warm, interactive, relaxing, safe spaces to share with other children.

“For children, these items and spaces mean access to security, happiness and belonging. Things that were highly sought after included pillows, cushions of differing sizes and shapes, throws, blankets, shaggy rugs, colourful mats, curtains, different lighting options (night lights, fairy lights, lamps, free standing lights), comfortable child sized chairs and couches, snug beanbags, tactile and sensory toys for relaxation, and items that can be used by multiple children at once.”


A big thank you to everyone involved for helping make this possible. From artists showcasing their works, to visiting the event, purchasing art, volunteering and spreading the word, you have helped women and children in NZ when they needed it the most.

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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 NZ, click on the logos below.


Fisher Funds


Hesketh Henry

Harcourts Cooper & Co

Perpetual Guardian