Deborah Mackenzie



Deborah Mackenzie, Co-Founder, The Backbone Collective Deborah has worked for many years trying to improve New Zealand's system response to violence against women and children. She has worked in advocate roles and policy positions both in NGOs and within Government (woman’s advocate, interagency network coordinator, policy analyst, project manager, and researcher). Deborah has a special interest in the justice sector response to women survivors including writing in depth reports on specialist domestic violence courts and female offenders. During the last five years she has worked as an independent contractor and managed an NGO. In 2014 Deborah co-wrote The Way Forward with Ruth Herbert which proposed a new model for an integrated response system in New Zealand to respond to violence and abuse. Deborah has significant experience as a trainer, presenter and media commentator. She has a Master of Arts in Education (first class hons).