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Support for 'Reclaiming Another Woman' in the Waikato

Support for RAW in the Waikato has been overwhelming!

The pilot of the Reclaiming Another Woman (RAW) programme has been a ‘huge success’ according to its founder, Annah Stretton.

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of women who have reached out for support and we are only two weeks old,” says Stretton, who launched RAW this month in the Waikato.

RAW exists to support all women in finding a safe and meaningful pathway forward that is free from violence as they look to achieve the life that they desire.

The program will move throughout the country in the coming months.

More than 30 Waikato women have joined the mentoring service so far and have been set up with educational programmes that include nursing, literacy and social services as well as having dental work done and sitting driver’s licenses.

”RAW believes that educating women is fundamental to breaking the cycle of family violence in New Zealand, therefore RAW will ensure all women have access to relevant and achievable educational programs.”

With the assistance of an “outstanding” pool of mentors Stretton has set a goal of providing at least 1000 women with the keys they need to lead successful lives and she is now looking to broaden the group of capable supporters.

“Becoming a RAW mentor is an incredibly rewarding experience. With the support of the RAW administrative team you will walk side-by-side with a woman who has left the refuge environment and work with her as she establishes a successful pathway forward.”

To view the supporter criteria visit

Read what RAW mentors have to say:
“Thank you for the opportunity to mentor for RAW. I get to work with amazing women with huge potential and am able to share skills that might be useful to others. I will be spreading the word to those I know, of the work that your organisation is doing and hope that, like me, they are happy to give a little of their time to impact. It has been hugely rewarding.”

“I read Annah’s article in the Waikato Times and thought, if someone like that can find the time why can’t I? So I rang RAW and the next thing I’m a mentor. A bit daunting but the support and guidance that I have received as been fantastic. My time with the woman I am walking alongside is has become something I treasure – it’s not only her that’s gaining so much but me too. The progress and the pride I see in this woman makes me realise what a simple and effective concept Annah had – and how just by supporting one woman I am truly making a difference”

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a RAW supporter contact

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Annah Stretton is the founder of the Annah Stretton fashion label and is a wildly successful New Zealand entrepreneur, author and speaker. With an online following of over 210,000, over 30 retail stores, 3 books and a strong business leadership programme under her belt, Annah frequently appears in the media and on stage discussing everything from entrepreneurialism, living fearlessly, females in the work force, right through to her philanthropic efforts which provide substantial support to a very wide range of charitable groups and organisations across New Zealand. In September, 2013 Annah released her third book, Rock the Boat. She has also been the recipient of the coveted Veuve Clicquot Award.


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