Wellington Women’s House is a non-religious, women-centred organisation. The house is open to women of all backgrounds. The house in Mount Victoria offers home comforts and is close to the city. There are sixteen rooms (please note, we do not provide very short-term stays), a shared lounge, and a kitchen where the women do their own cooking. The women provide just their food, soap, and personal effects — the house provides the rest. A manager ensures things run smoothly. The house is for women who can live fairly independently.
“The women who come here are amazing, talented women; they just need some time and space to get themselves back on track.” —Rachel, Committee Member
Origins Of The House
In 1987, women working in the city’s social agencies could see that there was no low-cost accommodation for single women in Wellington. A group was formed to solve the problem, and in 1989 the Housing Corporation bought and renovated the house. It is managed by the Wellington Women’s House incorporated society. The house was opened in 1992 by the (then) Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard. All its furnishings, equipment, and even topsoil for the garden was provided by volunteers.
“Wellington is very blessed to have such a place available to women who need time to get themselves together.” — Fran, resident
Women Who Stay At The House
The house is usually full. Residents may be escaping an abusive or violent situation. They could be a young woman newly arrived in Wellington, or an older woman needing the company of others. Some women have particular psychological needs or have recently left institutions. The house is a safe haven that lets women get back on their feet and take the next steps in their life.
“Having a free phone was a great help while job searching and on temporary work.” —Paula, resident