Our Partners

NACEW recognises the importance of working with other women’s organisations on similar issues. We work closely with our partner organisations, the Māori Women's Welfare League, National Council of Women of New Zealand, PACIFICA, Rural Women New Zealand, YWCA, Global Women, Māori Women’s Development Inc., the Human Rights Commission, Iti Rearea Collective, and Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust. 

Māori Women's Welfare League

Founded in 1951, the Māori Women's Welfare League is a pan-tribal organisation with over 3,000 members and around 130 branches throughout New Zealand.  The League was established to deal with the severe social problems arising from the post-war migration to the cities and to give Māori women a voice in responding to these social changes. Increasingly the League has sought an active role in addressing the social problems confronting Māori families, undertaking major service delivery contracts through its members. These have included programmes to improve rates of immunisation among Māori children, and to develop parenting skills where the supportive networks of whanau and hapu have been lost through urbanisation.

National Council of Women of New Zealand

Since 1896 the National Council of Women of New Zealand has lobbied for social justice by educating women on topical issues, collecting their opinions, and representing those opinions to decision makers.

The National Council of Women is involved with current women's issues including employment law reform, access to credit and the cost of education. It is a network of women throughout Aotearoa / New Zealand, and is an umbrella organisation for women's groups. It aims to serve women, the family and community at local, national and international level through study, discussion and action.


PACIFICA Inc, established in 1976, is a national organisation for Pacific women. Its founding President was Eletino Paddy Walker. PACIFICA is a non-profit organisation whose objectives centre around the empowerment of Pacific women through advising Government departments on issues affecting Pacific women, uch as anti domestic violence campaigns, literacy and cultural identity workshops, information workshops, and early childhood programmes. PACIFICA is made up of women from different walks of life, different Pacific Islands, and different age groups.

Rural Women New Zealand

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is a network of women who share a love of the land and a desire to make their communities great places to live in. They have groups throughout New Zealand who meet for fun, friendship, community support or education. Formerly known as the Women's Division Federated Farmers, RWNZ has a history of providing strength to rural communities, and for campaigning on behalf of the rural sector.


The YWCA of Aotearoa-NZ links nine local associations throughout the country and has global affiliations to the world YWCA. Each local YWCA is an autonomous community-based non governmental organisation. As a non-profit membership association, each YWCA is run by and for women of the community. Our key focus is to empower women and young women, and to fulfil the World Y aim to eliminate all forms of oppression and violence against women.

Global Women

Global Women is a non-profit membership organisation which aims to increase diversity in leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand through promoting, encouraging and facilitating the development of women. Global Women partners with and supports some of New Zealand’s most ambitious organisations, who are committed to driving increased diversity and inclusion in their workplaces. 

Māori Women’s Development Inc.

Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) was established in 1997. It is a unique, indigenous financial institution. It is governed, managed and operated by Wāhine Māori, for the economic development of Wāhine Māori and their whānau.

Human Rights Commission

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission is New Zealand’s national human rights institution and works under the Human Rights Act 1993. Its purpose is he whakamana tāngata, a life of dignity for all. It works to make Te Tiriti and human rights real and relevant in Aotearoa New Zealand. Commissioners include an Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner. 

Iti Rearea Collective

Iti Rearea Collective provides business workshops, coaching, microfinance and mentoring to enable aspiring migrant entrepreneurs to achieve financial independence and social inclusion by creating successful businesses. 

Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust

Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust is a social service organisation that provides culturally-appropriate support, advocacy, and programmes to ethnic women, their children and families.