Your official update from the Wellington Women's Boarding House committee. We can create a world where every woman has a safe place to call home.
Kohi-tātea 2013

Kia ora whānau  
From winning Grammy awards to painting rooms at the house, feminists in Aotearoa are making it happen in 2014. It's so great to see and hopefully there will be plenty more wins this year.  

Working Bee 2014  
The working bee turnout was fantastic, which was really humbling and inspiring to see! How many feminists does it take to paint two rooms in a weekend? Jo, Will, Lise, Barney, Tom, Henry, Michelle, Suzi, Lorey, Rachael, Emma W, Belinda, Mark, Anna, Ellen and Margaret can answer that! Thanks for all your hard work (and great company). 



OK so it is not the same corner (we didn't add windows) but it is the same room. Now we just need furniture for the biscotti colour-schemed room! Please email us if you have any living room furniture or large canvases in good condition you are willing to donate. 

Volunteers 2013 - you ROCK! 
We would also like to note the wonderful mahi aroha of Ellen, Carol, Lydia, Kate, Tracy, Nicola, Michelle, Steve, Diana, Connie, Fleur, Karen, Lizzie, Jenn, Emma T, Diana, Alice and Allison last year. You are an amazing bunch and the house only survives because of the dedication and support of volunteer workers.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to give an extra shout out to volunteer committee secretary Emma H, who does so much work for the house and keeps the committee very organised. We really appreciate your input and the wonderful work you put in each month.

If you are interested in volunteering in 2014 please email

Published pamphlets 
Central Wellington based printing company Thames Publications generously sponsored an entire print run of pamphlets for us (printable version available here). Thanks to the company's generosity (and the wonderful work of our communications and design volunteers) we now have a hard copy resource to give to those interested in staying at or supporting the house. We think this is rad.

Committee update 
The committee was very sad to see the Rebecca, Susan, Victoria, Lynzi, Pip and Jenny leave the committee in 2013. You are all very much missed. 

In replacement the committee welcomed Rachael, Neesha, Belinda, Anna, and MJ, who along with Beth and Emma W make up the current management team. We will be looking to recruit new members soon, so please watch this space (and Facebook), if you are looking for a extremely rewarding volunteer role. 

Articles of interest
On our Facebook page we post articles we think could be of interest to supporters. If you don't have Facebook, or are not an avid user,  we have included a few January highlights below.

A Toast Story is a beautifully written investigation into the latest San Francisco hipster food craze ($4 toast). It also highlights why emergency and temporary accommodation is so important. Seriously - it does. Read the story, it’s incredible.

The Female Face of Poverty looks at why poverty hits women harder than men. It’s an American perspective, but it doesn't take much imagination to draw parallels to the situation in Aotearoa. 

If you are interested in some more detailed reading, Where Will We Live looks at how and why the housing crisis has occurred. A British context this time, but (again) the parallels to here are striking. 

Furnishings found and sought 
Thank you to all of you who gave generously to the house, with a special mention to Helen Costello and Hannah Shirer for their donations. We would also like to acknowledge the Cotton Store which donated tea towels to the house when we purchased the lamp shades (pictured above).

We are still on the look out for many items, so please if you have any good quality secondhand goods (or new, we are fine with new too) please email us. You may have just what we need. 

Ka kite anō
We hope your year has got off to a fantastic start. And we look forward to collaborating again this year to ensure all women have a safe comfortable place to live.

Ngā mihinui a koutou katoa.
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