Community Champions

Since 2019, Taranaki Women’s Refuge has been recognising outstanding commitment and contribution to our cause by rewarding our Champions with Community pins.  It is our pleasure to honour these heroes.

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Evan Davies

From the first time we reached out to him, Evan Davies was 100% in, committed, enthusiastic and ready to support the mahi and the people of Taranaki Women’s Refuge.

As the Head of Culture at New Plymouth Boys High School, he has encouraged a fleet of students to get involved in their community, fuelled by his passion for good.  Whether he is volunteering for every Annual Appeal, prepping info packs for mail outs, volunteering, entertaining or MCing at our events, creating his own fundraising events on our behalf, or supporting education and awareness of Domestic Violence, Evan is a consistently dedicated Champion for our Refuge. He has been involved in almost every fundraiser we have had in the last 5 years, lifting the awareness and raising funds to help support women and children in Taranaki who face Domestic Violence.  No job is too big or small and every need is always met in Evan’s ‘above and beyond’ way. Evan believes the work of Refuge is critically important.  His ongoing dedication to our cause made presenting him with our first ever community pin a very special occasion.

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Dame Trelise Cooper

Celebrated New Zealand fashion designer, business woman and icon, Dame Trelise Cooper is well known for creating gorgeous garments that make women look and feel fantastic.

Few people would be aware of the dedication and length of time Dame Trelise Cooper has given to the Women’s Refuge movement in New Zealand.  Dame Trelise first volunteered for an Auckland Refuge in the 90s as a call-out worker, collecting women from safe meeting points at any hour of the night and admitting them into a safe house.  She continued to gift to Refuges throughout New Zealand and in 2017 Dame Trelise became a committed friend of Taranaki Women’s Refuge.  Making considerable donations to our annual Pop-Up Clothing Shop fundraiser, she has most certainly supported the growth and popularity of this event.   Her strong belief in the empowerment of women has significant influence and continues to raise awareness of the need for Women’s Refuge services.  It was an honour to award Dame Trelise Cooper with our second Community pin, acknowledging her support as a Taranaki Women’s Refuge Champion.  Taranaki Women’s Refuge is endlessly grateful for Dame Trelises’ dedication to our cause and for her active leadership for women.

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Annalee Kemsley 

In 2016, Annalee delivered a box of make up to our office to be gifted to clients.  At the time, none of us could have guessed how much of an impact this small gesture of kindness would have.

From providing clients with a sense of care and welcome during the most vulnerable of times, Annalee has become one of our most dedicated supporters.  Annalee is an incredibly talented Make Up Artist, Social Media guru and creative who uses her considerable platform to champion awareness of Domestic Violence in our region to a local, National and International stage.  Whether she is presenting, attending or hosting her own fundraiser Annalee is consistently committed to supporting positive change for our women.  Her passion and drive has invited a whole new generation into the movement where the rights of women and children to live free from violence are at the center.  It was an absolute pleasure to present Annalee with our third Community pin acknowledging her varied contributions, on-going efforts and her choice to use her voice for change.