Verle Cahill. One of three of the original founders.
.The Women's Centre Waitakere was developed in 1983, in the back room of a comfortable old house at 111 McLeod Rd. It was run by a collective of women lead by Verle Cahill. Verle's comprehensive knowledge of community development and her sound understanding of the role of women in Aotearoa (New Zealand) society lead to great beginnings for the Women's Centre in Waitakere. Verle played an integral part in bringing cervical screening to its fruition. She was a founding member of the first Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Waitakere. In 1983 the West Auckland Women’s Centre. (Now Women's Centre Waitakere) was formed..
In 1989 the Women's Centre was granted Legal Status as a Charitable Trust and is still based at 111 Mcleod Road, Te Atatu South, a not for profit where we rely on the kindness of Funders, Government and the Community to bring the best quality services to the women of West.
Since the centre opened, courses have been organised each term. Focusing towards, assertion, parenting, alternative health. The centre is constantly evolving to needs of women in the community.
Women who use the Centre are empowered through information, skills and resource sharing to exercise more control over their lives and make better informed choices with regard to the issues they face. The Centre provides a safe environment for women (and their children) who access their services, with emphasis on supporting women with a variety of issues including family violence.
The Women’s Centre works under the following principles: