Jan Henderson


Welcome, I’m Jan (née Riggir).

I am so proud to be asked to take up this role for the Nelson Women’s Centre. 


I grew up in Nelson going to Enner Glynn Primary, Nelson Intermediate, and Nelson College for Girls.

My family life was spent in Christchurch and my eyes were opened to the possibilities of ‘women power’ at the National Women's Convention held in Christchurch in the 70’s. It was a turning point for me. The possibilities I could see were endless!


In Christchurch I spent many years in the dental industry plus volunteering for Red Cross, Christchurch Women's Refuge, Christchurch Arts Centre. On relocating to Nelson, Save the Children Committee and Kai Rescue took my interest.


I am a committed mother and grandmother and would like to see Nelson Women's Centre continue to grow to support lives of all women to be brave to face change and to help lighten the tunnel of darkness that many of us feel in our lives at different times.

Laurie Knight

Kia ora,

I’m Laurie. I’m keen to get involved and help grow the Nelson Women's Centre so that more women can benefit from the services and programmes it provides. 



Clare Fairbrother


Kia ora koutou, I'm Clare. I originally hail from Timaru and have lived in sunny Whakatū for the last 10 years. I live with my partner and our several pets. Since learning about feminism in my teens I have been passionate about talking with others about equity and equality. 


I trained as a social worker when I moved here and want to support people to have access to the resources, they need to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. I previously worked for Q-Youth and would love to see a wider range of rainbow folks - particularly trans women, non-binary and takatāpui people feeling like the Women's Centre is a place where they can feel safe and drop in for a cuppa. The Women's Centre offers so many different things and my goal is awhi the centre to continue to grow and be fully utilised within our local community.



Joanna Simpson

Penny Molnar

Contact us

Phone: 03 546 7986

Email: office@nelsonwc.org.nz

Visit us:

44 Trafalgar Street, The Wood

Nelson 7010, New Zealand

Centre opening hours:

Monday - Thursday 9am - 2pm

Fridays 9am - 1pm


Closed on public holidays

 About us


We are an Incorporated Society since 2008.

NZBN number: 9429042921783

Charity registration number: CC25321