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 12 years as a  fulltime Manager. 

She is presently studying at UNITEC towards a graduate diploma in Not For Profit Management.

Colleen enjoys gardening, books, food, spending time outside, preferably at a beach, fabric design and sculpturing.




Heidi has been teaching and facilitating groups for the past 20 years in NZ and the UK and has been facilitating Living With Confidence, Healthy Relationships & Supports Groups for the Women's Centre since July 2005.

Her grounding is in student centred teaching, massage, 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), Cert Massage (NZCM), NVQ III Adult Ed Teaching(UK), Cert ESOL(Cambridge). 

Other training includes: Te Rito Family Violence training, Supervision & Mentoring, Interactive Drawing Therapy, Counselling & facilitation (Youthline), She holds a Current First Aid Cert and is a Provisional Member of NZAC.

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