Members of the Governance Collective provide AWC with guidance, governance, accountability, and support within a collective framework. Members are involved in all aspects of the Centre and provide invaluable knowledge, skills and ideas. The Governance Collective is elected at our AGM which is open to all AWC members and held in December every year.



Mira works for a community law centre as an educator and has previously worked as a research assistant in social science and a uni tutor in the anthropology of gender and race. She is interested in bridging conversations between generations of feminists, the relationship between non-western culture and feminisms and ways in which women's spaces can be more inclusive.

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RUTH BUSCH, Secretary

Ruth migrated to New Zealand in 1982 from New York. An expert in Family Law, she wrote the report which formed the basis of the Domestic Violence Act 1995. In 1994, her work on the Bristol Ministerial Inquiry led to the enactment of the violence provisions in the (now) Care of Children Act (for more information see the next page). She is also a co-founder of the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project, a domestic violence NGO which served as the pilot project for New Zealand. As a member of the Lesbian Elders Village, she is concerned that older lesbians are not driven back into the closet as they age.

  ruth busch


Tenisha has recently completed her Masters Degree in Human Rights and is a strong advocate for women's rights. She is especially passionate about combating domestic violence and specialises in therapeutic work with domestic violence victims, including children. She has substantial experience working with women, supporting them through transitional phases in their lives and helping them achieve their full potential. 

She has also spent time overseas working with not for profit organisations in South East Asia and South America, working to promote education and developing self esteem workshops for displaced female youth.



Margo spent most of her life feeling that something wasn't quite right and finally realised that this feeling was actually feminism. She brings experience in community development, business management, drumming and cycling along with an urge to make up for lost time! She is particularly passionate about pay equity and is interested in womens history.



Katherine is currently an assistant teacher and researcher at AUT University in both the social sciences and management departments. Her academic areas of interest include gender quotas, targets and reporting.  She has worked in arts, corporate and not-for-profit environments. Katherine is the 2017 co-coordinator of Auckland Feminist Action alongside Caryn Tasker.

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Ratika was born in Fiji and raised in Aotearoa. She brings her experiences from working in sexual violence prevention.  Her current role is at Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as a violence prevention specialist that involves designing and investing into family, whānau and sexual violence primary initiatives. Taking an intersectional, feminist analysis is imperative in her approach. Ratika is never too shy to raise conversations about to sex and consent. In her spare time she’s usually hiking, taking on creative DIY projects and spending time with her nieces. 



Sylvia joined the Women's Liberation movement in the late 1960s and has been an active feminist ever since volunteering for a number of women's organisations, including the Women's Studies Association (WSANZ). Sylvia presented a number of papers to various conferences, wrote for the New Zealand Feminist magazine, Broadsheet and tutored in the Continuing Education Women's Studies Programme 1990-2000. Sylvia retired recently and is keen to support our Governance, especially by being a bridge between the Centre and the newly revived Auckland branch of the WSANZ.



Nicola is a journalist and communications professional with substantial experience working in the women's health charity sector. She was active in the UK Fawcett Society (a non-profit for gender equity). Recently, she volunteered in Guatemala with a local micro-finance charity developing strategies to support and mentor local women.

   nicola brebner


Felicity works in film, TV, and graphic design and is interested in using her skills in areas of social justice, feminism, the anti-nuclear movement, and climate change awareness/justice. Felicity has been a member of Auckland Feminist Action and Auckland Women’s Centre for two years. She has previously volunteered at Living Wage shooting and editing interviews, and also at Women’s Health Action where she ran a logo design workshop for their Body Image Leaders in School group. Felicity is the Co-ordinator for Auckland Feminist Action with Teri Fong.




Feminism is Sabrina’s burning passion and life-long interest. She is a practising lawyer, a performance poet, and an active member of Amnesty International Aotearoa, where she is regularly involved in campaigns and raising awareness specifically in terms of women’s reproductive rights and sexual freedoms; LGBTQ rights in Aotearoa and abroad; and rights to peaceful protest and freedom of conscience.



Katie is a young feminist as well as an emerging social researcher working in the gambling and addictions field and studying part-time for a PhD in the young women's health area (focusing on lesbian health and wellbeing). She is interested in examining and questioning the influence of culture and society on individual choices, thoughts, feelings and behaviours as well as on broader issues like public health policy and practice. Her research is specifically guided by feminist, social constructionist, and discursive theory and practice, and so far tends to employ qualitative methodologies – She values talking with people and engaging them in the research process and is passionate about issues of equity and representation.

   katie palmer du preez