Women's Refuge: 'We're your mothers, aunties and nannies and we need your help'

Kathy Patira-Mcgill, Oceane Siphan, June Togiatoma, Margarety MacDonald and Caroline Herewini at Porirua Women's Refuge.
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Kathy Patira-Mcgill, Oceane Siphan, June Togiatoma, Margarety MacDonald and Caroline Herewini at Porirua Women's Refuge.

Five days after a total knee replacement Caroline Herewini was back in her office, lying on the couch working.

"I was meant to have six weeks off, but there was just too much work to do,"  the grandmother laughed.

There are only two services offering 24 hour help for family violence in Porirua and Kapiti - the police and Herewini's Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge, a sister agency to Women's Refuge.

Caroline Herewini, Kaiwkakahaere of Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Regufe - the Women's Refuge in both Porirua and Kapiti was ...
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Caroline Herewini, Kaiwkakahaere of Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Regufe - the Women's Refuge in both Porirua and Kapiti was given a New Year's honor for her work with women. December 2016

When the crisis line rings everything else is dropped. It could be the police, a woman in danger, a family in fear - it is always, always answered, Herewini said.

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"Caroline is a remarkable woman, she is accepting, humble and gracious and works harder than most people I know.

"She deserves a lot of recognition for her contribution to our community.  "

  • * Volunteer training starts February 9 and is held once a week for eight weeks. An afternoon and evening course is available. Contact  04 234 6118 or Wharemanaaki@xtra.co.nz for more details.

 - Stuff

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