Caroline Herewini, NZOM

Photo courtesy of the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy

Aunty Caroline Herewini is now a member of the NZ Order of Merit, for services to women.

Her Investiture Ceremony was held on Thursday 25 May 2017.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe e te Whāea!

The kōrero below comes from the Honours list website:

Ms Caroline Herewini has been involved with Women’s Refuge New Zealand for 18 years.

Ms Herewini was the driving force behind the establishment and ongoing operation of Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge Charitable Trust, which provides prevention, early intervention, crisis intervention and post-crisis intervention services and support to Māori women and their families who are affected by physical, emotional, mental and/or sexual abuse. She has been Chief Executive of the refuge for the Porirua and Kapiti areas since 2003. She is a spokesperson for Women’s Refuge at a national level and for the prevention of violence against women internationally. She has presented on the impacts of domestic violence at a range of international events, including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She has been selected as a member of Pacific Watch New Zealand delegations at three CSW sessions in New York. She is a member of the Everywoman Everywhere coalition, an international coalition working to prevent violence against women. Ms Herewini is a delegate and founding member of the International Network to End Violence Against Women and Girls.

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