About Us / Mō Mātou

whc-logo-high-resOur Collective

The Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective is governed by a group of women who want to make a difference in their community.

The Collective is made up of women who are active volunteers who work alongside our manager and other paid staff. We also draw on the knowledge and experience of our advisory members who are past members of the Collective who are no longer able to take an active role but still support our aims and objectives.

Our Mission

Our vision is a future where every woman/wahine understands, cares for, and is able to heal her body, mind, spirit, whānau and community. We believe that with adequate support and information all women are capable of making their own decisions about their bodies, and have that right.

The Collective is committed to working in a way that is consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Our approach is a holistic one and as part of this we respect and draw from Māori models of health such as Te Whare Tapa Whā.

We are committed to providing a free service and helping women to access other free and lower cost services.

We adopt a self-help approach. This means encouraging women to understand and take back responsibility for caring for, and healing their bodies. It also means defining women’s health needs from women’s own experience.

Read our latest annual report: PNWHC Annual Report 2018

Our latest audited accounts can be downloaded here: Audited Accounts 2017-2018

womens_health_collective-29How we are Funded

Ongoing funding is paramount to our continued service.

The PNWHC is a registered charity (no: CC24790). As a non-profit organisation we rely solely on funding and donations to allow us to provide services to women in need.


We would like to thank the following organisations for their continued support:

  • MidCentral District Health Board
  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Palmerston North Community Services Council
  • NZ Lotteries
  • COGS
  • Eastern and Central Community Trust
  • The Box Trust
  • Central Energy Trust
  • The Lion Foundation
  • Pub Charity
  • Page Trust
  • John Ilott Charitable Trust
  • Thomas George McCarthy Trust
  • New Zealand Community Trust
  • Infinity Foundation
  • Mainland Foundation
  • Blue Sky
  • Community Post
  • My Cup NZ