Our Staff

Our full-time and part-time staff members are wonderful hard working women.

LEONIE MORRIS - CENTRE MANAGER 

Email: akcentre@womenz.org.nz
35 hours pw

Leonie started work at the AWC in 2001 as the Projects Coordinator and shifted into the Centre Manager position at the end of 2005. She has a Diploma in Social Work and an MA in Social Policy. Leonie has worked in community work for many years including the unemployment rights movement and many different campaigns for women's rights. Her two main concerns are finding solutions to violence against women, and poverty amongst mothers and children in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

   

leonie




CHRIS HENDERSON – FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Email: christine@womenz.org.nz
15 hours pw

Drawn to the Auckland Women’s Centre after attending our fabulous Clementine Ford forum, Chris started volunteering soon after. Now a part of the AWC team she is focused on fundraising. Chris has a background in advertising and her passion is social justice and feminism.

  Chris Henderson edit for website 


ELLIE LIM - WOMEN'S SERVICES AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Email: womensservices@womenz.org.nz
40 hours pw

Ellie Lim joined our staff in July 2008 coming from a background in community youth work and retail management. Ellie is responsible for managing our Women's Support Service, coordinating our community education programmes and training and supporting our volunteers. She brings enthusiasm, a passion for working with women and strong customer service skills to this frontline position.

   Ellie


EMILY PHILLIPS - SINGLE MUMS' GROUP COORDINATOR

Email: SMOS@womenz.org.nz 
3 hours pw

Emily Phillips (Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi) has a BA in Education and has spent the last 12 years working in a range of Early Childhood Education roles as well as journeying through motherhood, with her two boys. She is passionate about practices, policies and understandings that support whānau and tamariki.  

  Emily


GABRIELLA BRAYNE – YOUTH COORDINATOR

Email: youth@womenz.org.nz
12 hours pw

Gabriella Brayne (Ngāti Maniapoto, Falefa) established a feminist group at St Dominic’s College (Henderson) in 2016. Their achievements include: facilitating several student-led workshops; hosting a school-wide festival for International Women’s Day and running a sanitary item drive in collaboration with Women’s Refuge. We have employed Gabriella, a BA/LLB student, for twelve hours per week on our new two-year pilot project to support and nurture high school feminists.

  G Brayne

 

KIRIATAAHUA TE MAAPI PENE - RANGATAHI COORDINATOR

Email: rangatahi@womenz.org.nz
1
2 hours pw

“Tū toa mana wāhine, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui”. Kiri (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Haua, Te Whanau a Apanui) has a passion for Te Ao Māori with a focus on young people.  She has a heart to address, enhance and empower young Māori wāhine to recognise the tapu (sacredness) and mana (empowerment) within themselves and their whānau.  Kiri has been employed to work alongside the Youth Coordinator, Gabriella, within the high schools across Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

  Kiri


NICKY NOBLE – ADMINISTRATOR

Email: admin@womenz.org.nz
20 hours pw

Nicky has 20 years’ experience in office administration, most of which has been in the not for profit sector. She is passionate about social justice and is loving working in a feminist organisation.

  Nicky Noble 


SOPHIE RICHMOND – FUNDING AND FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Email: sophie@womenz.org.nz
22 hours pw

Sophie has over 10 years experience Coordinating Fundraising Campaigns in the not for profit sector. Passionate about people power and grassroots campaigning to affect change, Sophie is excited to be part of a strong feminist organisation.

   sophie richmond


TONI SYMONS – KAIMAHI HAPORI

Email: singlemums@womenz.org.nz
20 hours pw

A descendant of Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngati Manu, Toni is a passionate advocate for the support and success of Whanau, especially wahine and tamariki. 

She also has whakapapa to Ireland, England and Tonga and promotes inclusiveness through tikanga Maori. Toni is a single mum and has facilitated many parenting groups at both Te Waipuna Puawai and The Parenting Place. 

  Toni