Kōkiri Marae Māori Women's Refuge

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.

Services Provided:

    • 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.


Mission Statement

Violence free whānau, hapū me iwi and we work to support whānau to develop safe and healthy environment's and choices.   


Therapeutic School Holiday Program

This programme increases the awareness and understanding of violence in the lives of tamariki.

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Whakaoho Wairua

Whakaoho Wairua is an education programme for Māori women who are in, or have been in an abusive relationship.

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Social Services

24-hour Crisis Line Service

The Crisis Line Service is where volunteers are available to offer telephone support to Māori wahine needing assistance or needing to come into the safe house.

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Pakeke Therapy Service

We have a range of counselling services available to support whānau. This is your opportunity to share, discuss and express feelings in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Safe House Accommodation

Safe House Accommodation
 is provided to Māori wāhine and tamariki. It is a warm, safe, supported environment which allows them to rest and evaluate their options following a violent incident in their lives.

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Phone 0508 KOKIRI - [email protected]

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