Our Board

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 TAITZ, Chair

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.

   mira taitz

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 KUMAR

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.

  Tenisha 

MARGO ATHY 

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.

   margo


KATHERINE MCALPINE

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.

  Katherine new photo


RATIKA RAI

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. 

  ratika 

TIARA BETHAM

Kia ora koutou katoa,

My Ngakau is inextricably woven by strands that underpin the wisdom and strength of Mana wāhine, Feminism and Faith.  As a mature student, Feminism is one of the cornerstones that influenced the completion of my LLB law degree, my advocacy for Te Ao Māori, my role as AUT Co-President of Maori and Pacific student law and my current role as secretary for my Māori hahi. I have been a proud fellow member, volunteer, participant of the Women’s Centre since 2008 and during that time, have been a mangai for vulnerable communities - particularly wāhine and taonga experiencing domestic violence.  I am privileged to be part of a collective kaupapa that continues to nurture, promote, strengthen and advance the aspirations of women in Aotearoa.        

   Tiara


SABRINA MUCK

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.

  Sabrina 

REWA GRIMSDALE

Rewa Grimsdale is Maori Pakeha and has beein involved in activism since her childhood. She has been involved with the AWC single mum's group since 2016 and has helped to empower mum's & women through this group.

In 2009 Rewa was a student in the full-time 1yr Course at Unitec gaining a Certificate in Traditional & Contemporary Maori Weaving. She has been tutoring RarangaHarakeke since 2012 for short courses, groups & 1 to 1 classes, also working as a Caregiver for 3 yrs during this time.

Most recently Rewa held a 2 year contract with the Point Chevalier Community Centre as a tutor of the  development of well-being through Maori traditions. She is currently teaching Raranga Harakeke (flax weaving) at Parnell Community Centre.

  rewa selfie


SARAH DUNN

Sarah is the editor and associate publisher of two award-winning trade publications targeting the retail industry: NZ Retail magazine and The Register. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington and a diploma in Multimedia Journalism from Whitireia NZ Media Training Centre. Sarah is one of Vend’s global Top 100 Retail Influencers for 2019, and has been a finalist for the Magazine Media Awards’ ‘NZ Post Best Editor Current Affairs, Business & Trade’ each year she’s been eligible. She’s passionate about equal representation in business, LGBTQ+ rights, pay equity and women’s financial empowerment.

  Sarah Dunn Website photo

 

CHARON LESSING

In the nearly 20 years I’ve lived in Auckland, I have ‘dipped’ in and out of a few groups looking for a place to commit to, a place to participate in, to learn from and be inspired by – and the Auckland Womens Centre feels like just that place.  I am privileged to walk alongside other women, and excited to be part of the kaupapa of the Centre. I am the proud parent of young adult twins, and I teach pharmacology and health economics at AUT.  

  Charon