The Shine Story

Shine was founded in 1990 and has grown to become New Zealand's largest domestic abuse charity registered with the Charities Commission.  

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Shine provides a range of effective, practical and innovative services to achieve our mission to stop domestic abuse in New Zealand. We directly help thousands of adult and child victims every year to become safe and stay safe through our frontline services, and we indirectly help thousands more every year through professional training programmes. 

Shine works in partnership with a number of Government agencies, community organisations and businesses to achieve our goals more effectively and stretch our limited dollars much further, from the NZ Police and Child Youth and Family Services to Auckland District Health Board (and other DHBs), Community Probation, and other not-for-profits such as Lifeline and Youthline. 

Shine has been honoured by the Patronage of Dame Silvia Cartwright PCNZM, DBE, QSO since 1998. 

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Shine is an acronym that stands for Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday.“The name of our organisation is hopeful, optimistic and positive, reflecting our values, objectives and services. It conveys the attitude of the people who work in this organisation and what we achieve. These are tough times and family violence is a grim issue – on both counts, this country needs to feel that a light is shining on a terrible problem and that some brightness is coming.” 

- Jane Drumm, Shine General Manager 

As of July 2016, Shine is a service division of Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN). PSN delivers social services to build strong families and help anyone struggling with age, disability or injury to enjoy a better, happier, healthier life. With almost 1000 staff in 25 service centres, PSN works in communities throughout the upper North Island from Whangarei to Turangi. PSN's other service divisions are Family Works and Enliven. Together with six other autonomous regional organisations, PSN makes up Presbyterian Support New Zealand. Historically, PSN shared in the mission of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, but has been an independent charitable trust since 1954. While PSN still has links with the Presbyterian Church, PSN services do not promote religion, and staff, volunteers and clients come from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds.


The Shine Foundation raises funds solely for the purpose of supporting Shine services. The Shine Foundation is registered with the NZ Charities Commission: #CC53385.