About Us

The Women’s Centre Rodney was first established as The Women’s Resource Centre in 1987 by a group of Rodney women who recognised the need for a women-only space in the community.

Our focus is on supporting women as autonomous, self-determining, inter-dependent human beings within their families, work, cultures and communities. We work towards social change, advocating for equality and empowerment of all women.

We recognise that women are disadvantaged in our society. One of our ultimate goals is to work towards a society where relationships are based on co-operation and respect, rather than competition and power-over.

We are opposed to all oppressions, including those based on gender, race, social and economic status, education, ability, sexual orientation and religion.

As such, we are a community-based organisation offering a range of affordable, quality services to meet women’s needs.

The Warkworth Centre is a space to sit quietly or link up with others, providing a safe, friendly, caring and confidential environment.

The Centre continues to evolve to meet the needs of women in the Rodney district.
Our Governance Committee meets regularly throughout the year to oversee and contribute to the running of the Centre. 


Colleen has been employed at the Women’s Centre for the past 16 years as a  fulltime Manager. 

In 2018 Colleen graduated from UNITEC with a Graduate Diploma in Not For Profit Management.

Colleen enjoys reading, food, spending time outside, preferably at a beach, tramping and fabric design.




Heidi has been facilitating support groups for the Women's Centre since July 2005. She is also a counsellor at the Centre.

Her grounding is in strengths based facilitation, relaxation techniques, communication skills, outdoor education and group dynamics.

Other passions are art, kayaking, travel, learning from other cultures, writing, nature and her garden.

Heidi holds a Dip Counselling (NZ), Dip Holistic Pulsing (NZ), NVQ III Adult Ed Teaching(UK), Cert ESOL(Cambridge).
Other training includes: Te Rito Family Violence training, Supervision & Mentoring, Interactive Drawing Therapy, She holds a Current First Aid Cert and is a Full Member of NZAC.



Lianne has been the Chairperson of the centre's Governance Board and has previously served on boards within the Health sector in Northland and Auckland. Lianne raised her four daughters in the Mahurangi District as a single parent and is passionate about empowering women.



Bridget is our course coordinator and administration support person at the centre. Bridget is also one of our resident counsellors and facilitator of our Perinatal Distress Support group. Bridget has a long standing interest in women's health and wellbeing and has completed research in this area. Bridget graduated with a Master of Counselling Studies degree from Massey University in 2018.



Sarah is one of our resident counsellors. Sarah has been working as a Counsellor now for 18 months with the Warkworth Women's Centre. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Counselling at Weltec in Wellington and worked in Wellington for 3 years before moving to Warkworth. She previously worked as a Registered nurse for 30 years, mainly in the community with Family Planning, Mental Health and as a Practice Nurse. Sarah works with individuals and couples and particularly enjoys working with women. She offers a holistic, client centred approach using different approaches for different clients, some of which are, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Brief Intervention, Strengths based and Narrative therapy.

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