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 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


Ko Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa tōku iwi, ko Sarah tāku ingoa

Sarah is a lecturer in Te Kupenga Hauora Māori at The University of Auckland and previously held academic positions at Auckland University of Technology; School of Interprofessional Health (2018), and Massey University; School of Psychology (2007-2017). She volunteered at Manawatu Abuse and Rape Crisis Support between 2005-2009 where she supported many women seeking various forms of support. Her interests include pursuing health equity and social justice for Māori, and, gender equity and the empowerment of women in Aotearoa society. In her downtime, Sarah enjoys CrossFit training and spending time with whānau, friends and George; her handsome ginger cat.

  sarah herbert for website


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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Ko Marewa I Te Rangi taku ingoa. Through my mother, I whakapapa to Te Āti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Toa, and Ngāti Raukawa  and Tūwharetoa; I have Pākehā heritage via both my parents.

Like her parents, Rewa is an artist. As well as painting, she is qualified in traditional and contemporary Māori weaving, and has tutored raranga harakeke (flax weaving) since 2012, contributing to community well-being by passing on traditional knowledge. She has been involved with the AWC single mums group since 2015. Rewa is proud to be Mum to KaTeAo, Tai and Kahu (1992-2014), and has also worked as a high-needs caregiver.

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.

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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



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.  




Jo Elvidge is the Principal Advisor, Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Ministry of Health. Her professional background and qualifications are in public health. Jo established and managed the Ministry’s clinical intervention and family violence prevention programmes, working with DHBs, clinicians, NGOs and Maori and Pacific organisations throughout New Zealand. She set up a NZ Public Health Leadership Programme and a new university qualification in public health. She has a wide range of experience across the health sector including working for a sexual health NGO and managing relationships with sexual health providers for the Ministry.

In this role her focus has been on developing a national Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Plan focussing on health service quality improvement, service access, building health equity and promoting inclusiveness for diverse communities.  She describes herself as a pragmatic idealist, having a passion for human rights and a drive to get things done. 

  Jo Elvidge