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AWHINA SOCIETY Inc.

WHO ARE WE?

The Awhina Society Inc. are the Taupō Women’s Refuge and the Taupō Community Food bank under the one roof with one team.  

The Awhina Society has seen many changes throughout the years and has developed services for the Taupo community in response to community requests and the needs apparent in our community. Today the focus of the Awhina Society is to offer a caring helping hand by promoting Women and children to live free from violence and also to reduce the effects of poverty on families and individuals.

TAUPŌ WOMENS REFUGE

Paid employees and a large number of dedicated volunteers allow Taupō  Women’s Refuge to offer a 24 hour, 7 day a week, 365 days a year Crisis Line.  We do not operate a call answering service. 

Taupō Women’s Refuge offers assistance, advice, information and at times home support.  We endeavour to always provide a listening ear and an empathetic voice to take your call.

TAUPŌ COMMUNITY FOODBANK

Taupō Community Food Bank (Awhina Society Inc.) provides support to families and individuals facing financial hardship. Community Food Bank is there to support families and individuals in reducing debt and becoming financially independent. 

We take referrals from our many social service partners such as Work and Income Nz, Budgeting services and many more. We pride ourselves on providing families and individuals with healthy and nutritious food parcels to ensure families and children are being supported and they are not going hungry. 

Taupō Community Food Bank (Awhina Society Inc.) provides support to families and individuals facing financial hardship. We are also here to support families and individuals in reducing debt and becoming financially independent. We take referrals from our many social service partners such as Work and Income Nz, Budgeting services and many more. We pride ourselves on providing families and individuals with healthy and nutritious food parcels to ensure families and children are being supported and they are not going hungry. 

MEET THE TEAM

EILEEN D

Awhina Society Co-ordinator
eileen@awhina.org.co.nz
07 377 1055

MEGAN GEORGE

Taupō Community Foodbank Co-ordinator
megan@awhina.org.co.nz
07 377 1507

JADE SHORTLAND

Taupō Womens Refuge Co-ordinator
jade@awhina.org.co.nz
07 377 1055

MISSION

TO SERVE THE TAUPŌ COMMUNITY BY:

  • Providing a 24 hour, 7 day a week means of escape from domestic violence.
  • Providing support, nourishment, encouragement and advocacy for families and individuals in need of such support.

OBJECTIVES

  • To reduce the incidence and effects of domestic violence for women and children.
  • To break the poverty cycle and reduce the effects of poverty on families and individuals.
  • To be an effective advocate locally, regionally and nationally for victims of domestic violence; and for families and individuals caught in the poverty cycle.
  • To maintain effective staffing levels and a strong resource base for the work of Awhina.
  • To ensure the financial base of Awhina is extended and secured for long term operational success.
  • To ensure the management, structure and internal administrative systems employed by Awhina are in line with national ‘not for profit organisation’ best practice.




    TE TIRITI O WAITANGI

    Taupō Women’s Refuge is committed to honoring Te Tiriti O Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Te Tiriti O Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document. It takes its name from the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed, on 6 February 1840. This day is now a public holiday in New Zealand. Te Tiriti is an agreement, in Māori and English that was made between the British Crown and about 540 Māori rangatira (chiefs).

    Taupō Women’s Refuge offer culturally appropriate services: we recognise that differing and appropriate support and advocacy is needed for the ethnically diverse groups of women and children in New Zealand

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