The Aunties

Cause page created in the Bigger Gifts category by Jackie Clark for "a refuge in Auckland"

  • $57,664.29 donated
  • 459 generous donors

The Aunties provide sustained support to a refuge in Auckland and also help bring joy and dignity to the lives of vulnerable people.

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Four years ago, I became involved with a women’s refuge, getting clothes and baby gear for the women. My involvement with them grew and to make it sustainable, I had to involve other people. I call these people The Aunties.

The Aunties are a group of people who for various reasons - empathy, experience, and a sense of social justice - seek to provide support and be kaitiaki to the vulnerable, particularly those who have experience domestic violence.

The Aunties believe everyone has the right to be safe, to have shelter, to be fed, to be loved, to dream, to read, to write, to have their say, and to be heard. Where any of those things are missing, the Aunties mission is to help provide them - the practical things, and also in terms of advocacy and pastoral care.

The aunties believe in manaakitanga - protecting to mana of the people they help so that they can find their way towards living independently, and with dignity and joy.

Givealittle is a big part of that. Thanks to the Spark foundation, and the Aunties and their friends and family, from September 2014, we have spent around $30,00 on food alone in the last two years. In the last year alone, your generosity has meant that we have been able to spend around $40,000 on supporting the refuge, and vulnerable people in the community.

The refuge coordinator can explain the need for this better than me.

She says:

“ Over the last year, the refuge has accommodated 56 mothers and 84 children through their two refuges, all escaping some sort of abuse or are homeless. Their stay at the refuge has lightened their load, in order to make the right decisions for their future. The refuge aims to provide immediate provision of:

- groceries

- PJs

- undies

- toiletries.

They may have other needs such as:

- ID needed for themselves or children for applications

- drivers license

- mobile phones and credit for these

- school provisions for the childrens’ new school such as uniforms, stationary, and schoolbags.

When they leave, they are taken to shop for much needed kitchenware, bedding and small appliances for their new home.

On behalf of the refuge staff, board and refuge families, we would like to thank all who have given a little as it all adds up to make the difference to these families lives one at a time.”

Your support is invaluable, and we couldn't do this work without it.

We thank you.

If you ever have any questions, I can be contacted via email: whaeapower@aunties.co.nz

Or you can follow me on twitter

@whaeapower

Thank you all so very much for your past support, and I look forward to our continued work together.

Nga mihinui

Jackie Clark

#whaeapower

Page created by:

Jackie Clark

Individual
Auckland

I coordinate donations currently for 5 refuges, the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, and other community organisations. This is an unpaid and voluntary position at the moment.

All funds raised benefit:

a refuge in Auckland

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Victoria Edwards on behalf of a refuge in Auckland.

  • $57,664.29 donated
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This cause page was created on 13 Aug 2015 and closes at 23:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 31 Aug 2025.

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