Kokiri Marae Māori Women's Refuge was established in the mid 90's, with the support and guidance of Kōkiri Marae and the Lower Hutt Women's Refuge and has been in operation as a legal entity since March 1997. It was identified that there was a need for Māori Women and whānau within the Hutt Valley Community to have culturally appropriate:
- support services
- educational programmes
- holiday programmes
Māori for Māori support for wahine and tamariki living in and having been affected by whānau violence and/or abuse. We deliver a range of free and confidential services from our Resource Centre located at 57 Oxford Terrace, Lower Hutt, 5014.
Kokiri Marae Māori Women's Refuge are affiliated to The National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges.
- 24 Hour Crisis Line
- Safe House Accommodation
- Advocacy Support
- Court Support
- Health Education
- Play Therapy
- Safety Planning
Programs and counselling available:
- Whakaoho Wairua Living without Violence Group Program
- Tamariki Ora Child Play Therapy
- Wāhine Therapy Service
Therapeutic tamariki group programs during school holidays
We provide a therapeutic holiday program for tamariki aged 5 – 9 years three times through the year. The program focuses on building resilience, understanding emotions and feelings and developing safety.
Violence free whānau, hapū me iwi and we work to support whānau to develop safe and healthy environment's and choices.