Ruahine (Roni) Albert



Ruahine (Roni) Albert (Tūwharetoa, Maniapoto and Tainui descent) is one of the co-founders of New Zealand's first Māori Women's Refuge in 1987. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and has worked at a local, national and international level to improve government and community services to survivors of violence. Roni has continuously been raising public awareness about the issue of family violence and has helped establish a family violence response system within the Waikato that ensures that the safety of women and children is paramount. Roni is a Justice of Peace and received the Queen's Service Medal in 2012 and a Hamilton City Council Civic award in 2015.