New man­ager for refuge

Ruapehu Press - - Farming - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A new man­ager has been ap­pointed to the Tau­marunui Women’s Refuge and Sup­port Cen­tre.

Tracy Mil­ward was wel­comed with a powhiri last Fri­day re­plac­ing Kay Wal­shaw.

Mil­ward has a back­ground in so­cial work and has worked in var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions.

She has worked with chil­dren and fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing of­fend­ers at Waik­e­ria Prison. She said the op­por­tu­nity to put her skills to good use mo­ti­vated her to ap­ply.

‘‘It was an op­por­tu­nity to work in the com­mu­nity but to pro­vide that ser­vice to women and chil­dren in a re­ally im­por­tant sec­tor and to make a dif­fer­ence and ef­fect some changes which I think will be re­ally im­por­tant.

‘‘Given the high do­mes­tic vi­o­lence lev­els ev­ery­where, it’s good to be part of the process of try­ing to change and ed­u­cate peo­ple.’’

Mil­ward moved to New Zealand from Eng­land 10-years ago where she worked as a child pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer.

Now she lives in Owhango with her hus­band and son.

Cover­ing the whole dis­trict from Ohura to the south of Tai­hape, strong net­works are hugely im­por­tant for Mil­ward.

She in­tends to en­gage the com­mu­nity and de­velop her team fur­ther so the or­gan­i­sa­tion can reach women and chil­dren in need.

‘‘It was an op­por­tu­nity to work in the com­mu­nity but to pro­vide that ser­vice to women and chil­dren in a re­ally im­por­tant sec­tor.’’ Tracy Mil­ward

The new man­ager of Tau­marunui Women’s Refuge and Sup­port Cen­tre, Tracy Mil­ward (mid­dle) is wel­comed into her new role.

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