How to survive Election 2023

Post-Covid fatigue, cost-of-living crisis, climate disasters, unchecked misogyny, the recent parliamentary grounds occupation – as chair and journalist Alison Mau put it, the upcoming election has the “most complex set of circumstances in my 30 years in this country.” Last Wednesday 26 July, Auckland Women’s Centre hosted a community forum to unpack what the election ...

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Posted: August 9, 2023Categories: , ,

A feminist critque of the Government’s latest budget

The Budget – how the government spends its money, and what commentators and opposition parties say about it in the following days – is an interesting reflection of the values of the country.  This year, the government allocated just under $74 million to prevent and respond to family violence.  This included $9 million to provide ...

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Posted: June 19, 2023Category:

The harm done by the staunch, invulnerable man-alone “myth of masculinity” was put under the spotlight from two different angles at the recent community kōrero on preventing violence against women.

She Is Not Your Rehab was repped by founders and spouses Taimalelagi Mataio Faafetai (Matt) Brown (of Samoan descent) and Sarah Brown (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa), while Dr Kris Taylor and doctoral student Minha Kim repped University of Auckland psychology research, in particular “Shifting the Line”. Both projects aim to support men to change men’s social ...

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Posted: May 31, 2023Category:

“We don’t want to be known as a nation that benefits off slavery.”

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo talks about the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry, the benefits of a Samoan childhood, and New Zealand’s exploitation of Pacific migrant workers. Empower the most targeted – and you can empower everybody. Dr Karanina Sumeo was “determined” to make this a key principle of the Human Rights Commission’s landmark ...

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Posted: March 14, 2023Category:

NZ’s lack of stalking laws “dangerous and outdated”

Better laws and public understanding of stalking are urgently needed to protect victims from the fear, toxic stress, silencing, violence and possible risk to their lives, says the Auckland Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children. “As multiple stories show, our lack of fit-for-purpose stalking laws is dangerous and outdated, leaving targeted women without ...

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Posted: February 7, 2023Categories: ,

Annual Report 2022

In 2022 we implemented our succession plan reducing Leonie’s hours and employing the amazing Kaitlin Henderson as our full time Programmes Manager. This increased the quality of our programmes and allowed us to undertake more feminist advocacy. Check out a re-cap of our year here.

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Posted: December 20, 2022Category:

AWC comment on The Women’s Employment Action Plan 2022

Te Mahere Whai Mahi Wāhine Women’s Employment Action Plan Comments for Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women July 2022 1. All policy should be developed first and foremost for wāhine Māori • As tangata whenua, as per te Tiriti; for example, employment programmes should be “By wāhine Māori for wāhine Māori.” • As a group including ...

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Posted: December 9, 2022Categories: ,

“They need to get out of our lives, they need to give us the money that they spend keeping us oppressed.”

Systems-change advocate Julia Whaipooti doesn’t mince her words about the Government of New Zealand Julia Whaipooti’s online discussion with Stacey Morrison was inspiring and thought-provoking – and near the end, came a supportive message from attendee Prof Tracey McIntosh in the chat box: “Moana [Jackson] knew that there was so much mahi to be done ...

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Posted: September 19, 2022Categories: , ,

Safe or scorned – which Auckland mayoralty will be best for women?

Probably the only opinion piece you’ll find on Auckland’s current local elections not written by a white man It doesn’t get the attention it deserves but local government is vital to making the lives of women safer and easier. Good lighting design makes public spaces safer – and bus routes linking schools to local shops ...

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Posted: September 19, 2022Category:

Korero with Tayi Tibble

NGĀTI POROU AND TE WHĀNAU-Ā-APANUI Tayi Tibble: “I feel like identity isn’t something that you arrive at.” Hats off to the remarkable Tayi Tibble who didn’t let the aftermath of a recent bout of “skody New York Covid” – a husky voice and suspected laryngitis – stop her from honouring us with her presence at ...

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Posted: September 14, 2022Categories: , ,