Rosalie's Haven safe house has its challenges

Palmerston North's safe house for women leaving the sex trade is facing accommodation and employment difficulties.
123rf

Palmerston North's safe house for women leaving the sex trade is facing accommodation and employment difficulties.

An initiative to help women leave the sex trade and seek refuge in Manawatu is facing some tough obstacles.

A Palmerston North woman and former sex worker, who goes by the name Rosalie Haven, is behind the efforts to help get at-risk women off the streets and into safety.

Haven began setting up a national safe house in the city in March. Her initiative aims to offer a place for New Zealand women wanting to leave the sex industry for good.

The safe house would act as a base for women to seek refuge and staff would offer support needed, such as organising counselling or alcohol and drug programmes for them or attending court appearances with them.

READ MORE:
*Haven to help sex workers being launched in Palmerston North
*Rosalie's Haven - safe house getting ready to open

Haven had hoped to have accommodation set up by June, but has found securing a house with cheap rent a challenge in the city.

She said she needed accommodation and employment for about five women.

"That's our biggest thing, it's just getting a house. What I would really like to see is getting a house sorted in September and finding some jobs for these women."

She said she had had offers of work experience for the women, but what they really needed was solid employment in jobs such as in retail or hospitality.  

"These women are trying to start again. The aim for them is to change their lifestyle, get into employment, just to have a second chance at their life.

Ad Feedback

"A lot of them don't see any light at the end of the tunnel, like things are all doom and gloom, but there is a light."

She said accommodating these women, putting them into employment and ensuring there were wrap-around services available for them was their best shot at giving them hope and a second chance at life. 

Haven hopes to secure a five-bedroom house which four women can rent and another bedroom would be used as emergency accommodation. 

Haven said she had come across several cases involving homeless and desperate women in Palmerston North. She said there was a real need to provide shelter to vulnerable women in particular, and also for homeless and vulnerable men. 

"We've faced many challenges but I'll face any challenge that there is. There's always hope."

To help or find out more email Rosalie's Haven.

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Road map for Henderson-Massey

Henderson-Massey Local Board chairman Shane Henderson said they've adopted their local board plan for the next three years.

Auckland local board reveals its vision for the next three years.

NZ wins at world Irish pub awards

Phill Judd and Maire Burns raise a toast after winning an award for Best Craft Beer Experience.

Pub co-owner first thought news of being on awards shortlist was a prank.

Child trapped in hospital ceiling

A child became stuck in the ceiling at Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland overnight, and fire crews have been ...

Parents of a child patient hiding in a hospital ceiling for hours could sue for negligence, says lawyer.

Fan fun in Pukekohe for Supercars

Pukekohe will host a Fan Day, where Supercar fans get to meet the drivers.

Meet the drivers at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint Pukekohe Fan Day.

Wellington

Wellington boss to stay

Wellington City Council CEO Kevin Lavery has signed on for another two years.

The Wellington City Council chief executive gets contract extended, pay rise pending.

30,000 tickets sold

Chris James celebrates scoring against Mexico in 2013.

The "full house" sign is nearly ready with only a few thousand tickets left for the All Whites World Cup playoff.

The battle to sell booze

The foodmarket on Mt Victoria was unable to renew its off-licence last year, and is trying to get it back.

In a bid to get a liquor licence shop's lawyer lists cereals in stock - then he's told to stop.

Peter Jackson's new menu

An Impossible Foods burger. The company has attracted investment from the likes of Bill Gates and Hong Kong billionaire ...

Led by Sir Peter Jackson, NZ may become a force in the plant-based protein business.

Canterbury

Too many to name

Some of the 55 hutches in Deborah McNeil's suburban back yard where she keeps 80 rabbits.

A Christchurch woman who keeps 80 rabbits at her suburban flat says her bunny buddies are happy, healthy and well loved. 

Bypass opening soon

Traffic builds up on the northern motorway between Belfast and the Waimakariri River bridge.

Traffic will be switched onto Christchurch's new Western Belfast Bypass in stages from early November.

Cycling in Chch, ugh

Stuff reporter Monique Steele cycles in Kyoto in Japan during their piping hot summer back in July.

OPINION: Is Christchurch ready to become a cycle city? Or rather, is Christchurch ready to join the rest of the world?

Concrete truck crashes into house

A concrete truck crashed into Kazimir Podstolski's house.

Homeowner may not sleep in his bedroom tonight after a truck crashed through the wall.

Waikato

Retired farmer sailing away

Roy Woolerton, 80, spent 16 years building his catamaran, but it's now in the water at Westhaven Marina in Auckland.

The hand-built 14.5m offshore cruising cat has two engines and four double berths

Surviving Labour Day

Expect heavy traffic this Labour weekend (file photo).

 It's been carnage on the roads this year. Here's how to take it easy this long weekend.

Emotional send-off for solider

Sergeant Wayne Taylor, 42, died during a maritime counter-terrorism training exercise off the Coromandel Peninsula on ...

The death of Sergeant Wayne Taylor has left a huge hole, his family say.

Pair trapped in crash

Two cars have collided in the Athenree Gorge.

Two trapped and two more injured after smash in gorge near Waihi.

Taranaki

Cato needs a co-host

Suzy Cato is famous for her Children's TV show Suzy's World

Children's TV star Suzy Cato now hosts a radio show and wants a Taranaki kid to join her on it.

Sex case verdicts

A jury has returned its verdicts in a Taranaki sex abuse case which was heard in the New Plymouth District Court. (File ...

A jury has found a man guilty of half the historical sex abuse charges he was alleged to have committed.

Traffic light knocked down

The crash happened at the intersection of Devon St East and State Highway 3.

Traffic on New Plymouth's northern route is down to one lane as a result of a crash.

Returning Kiwi's prison stay

After years of living outside of New Zealand, a Taranaki man spent a stint behind bars after being arrested for a ...

A decade old criminal offence caught up with a Taranaki man when he returned from living overseas.

Manawatu

Hemopo clearly Turbos' best

There was no better for the Turbos this season than Jackson Hemopo, who was also the team's top lineout target.

With the Turbos' season over, rugby writer Shaun Eade looks at the top performers.

Crown: Lundy guilty gallery

Justices Helen Winkelmann, Mark Cooper and Raynor Asher are hearing Mark Lundy's appeal in the Court of Appeal.

Crown says times of death in Lundy case may have changed between trials, but  key evidence remains the same.

Car flips outside school

A wrecked car's tyres and brake pads were still smoking as police and a witness rushed to help the driver who crashed ...

Witnesses shocked to see a car smash into two parked cars before flipping in front of school.

Hartley in for high-stakes debut video

NZ motorsport ace Brendon Hartley will make his F1 debut at the US Grand Prix.

Kiwi driver in lions' den at Circuit of the Americas with Lewis Hamilton racing for the F1 crown.

Nelson

Military manoeuvres

Military light operational vehicles involved in Exercise Southern Katipo 2017 roll off the HMNZS Canterbury at Port Nelson.

 Nelson gets a glimpse of the Southern Katipo military exercise as soldiers and supplies roll out of Port Nelson.

Charge follows scare

A policeman at the Stoke Railway Reserve looks for a man who was allegedly seen with a knife in the area.

Police charge teenager with possession of an offensive weapon after knife scare saw schools locked down.

Higher-density housing plan

Deputy mayor Tim King says there is increasing demand for small, compact properties in central Richmond.

Would you like to see more, smaller houses in central Richmond?

Man faces 30 drug dealing offences

A "point bag" of crystal methamphetamine.

Stoke man faces 33 charges relating to methamphetamine and cannabis.

Marlborough

Bar gets new lease of life

Paddy Barry's Irish Bar, on Scott St, closed in 2017.

The owner of two popular night spots in Blenheim is seemingly looking to open a third.

Charity shop to close

Pams Shop Charitable Trust president Bev Dixon says the trust tried everything they could to keep the store open. (File ...

Sales had dropped significantly to the point where the shop had not made a charitable donation in a year.

Embracing cultural differences

The Yealands Wine Group, based in Seddon, is one of the largest wine companies in New Zealand.

It's easy to dish out the criticism when corporates don't do their bit for ethical practices, so it's important to recognise when they do.

Hijacker could get $25,000

Abdille said a government rule change stopped her reuniting her family in 2004.

Asha Abdille injured two pilots in 2008. Now, she's out of jail and could be in the money.

South Canterbury

When Taiyo met Tom video

Japanese student Taiyo Watanabe finally met his hero gold medal winning shot put world champion Tom Walsh in Timaru on ...

Aspiring Japanese shot putter surprised by unexpected meet and greet with hero Tom Walsh.

No word on SH1 call

Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin

Pareora residents renew calls for lower speed limit after three-car crash in September.

Slight setback for Tekapo hotel

An aerial view showing developments at Lake Tekapo.

Latest hurdle in consent process of luxury hotel a 'slight' set back, developer says.

Ute crash near Hampden

06062016 News Photo: Christel Yardley/Fairfax NZ
News: A fatal crash has happened on Harris Street near Riverlea Dairy ...

Woman being taken to Dunedin Hospital after a crash north of Hampden.

Otago

Racing boss turns to golf tourism

Owner of Highlands Motorsport Park and Hampton Downs, Tony Quinn.

Highlands Motorsport Park boss Tony Quinn wants to build a golf course and residential development at the back of his racetrack.

Pilot Graeme Frew confirms Full Noise for Wanaka

Reno rookie of the year, Graeme Frew.

Record-breaking rookie Reno racer Graeme Frew to bring V-12 powered Yak-3 aircraft to Wanaka's airshow.

Aerial rat attack in Matukituki Valley

Native robins are thriving at Aspiring Flat after being reintroduced to the area several years ago.

DOC opens new front in the Battle for our Birds in the Mt Aspiring National Park near Wanaka.

Ngāi Tahu elder dies

Kuao Langsbury speaks during a Waitangi Day celebration at Ōtākou Marae.





Copyright Photo, Otago Daily Times, ...

A tangi has been held for Kuao Langsbury, a Ngāi Tahu elder and key negotiator of their settlement with the Crown.

Southland

Unique tanker in truck parade

Bill Richardson Transport World tourism co-ordinator Amelia Munro will accompany the museum's Texaco Tanker in Sunday's ...

A one-of-a-kind Texaco tanker will be paraded in Invercargill for possibly the last time.

Principals praise parent volunteers

Invercargill Middle School principal Stan Tiatia.

"I think we are really lucky that the good old Southland way is to get in and help."

Kiwis need to talk about driving

NZ Transport Agency regional relationships director Jim Harland with a steering wheel tag that provides tourists with ...

Before criticising out international drivers, Kiwis need to start looking at their own driving ability, an NZ Transport Agency director has said.

Gore dairy owner wary of safety

Sunbeam Milk Bar owner Eddie Cooney is appreciative of support from the Gore community following an armed robbery in his ...

Three robberies have taken their toll on Gore dairy owner Eddie Cooney but he's not hanging up the closed sign.

Ad Feedback