About Us


Sandra is a Pākehā cis woman who has been involved in Wellington Bisexual Women’s Group for more than 25 years and worked in family and sexual violence for nearly as long.  She has held national Tauiwi roles for Women’s Refuge and Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together; delivered violence prevention programmes with LGBTIQ+ young people; run training in working with LGBTIQ+ survivors; introduced LGBTIQ+ content into mainstream violence prevention work and managed a safe house for women escaping similar-gender partner violence in London.  Sandra developed the Rainbow Competency Framework for Ara Taiohi, the national youth work umbrella agency and does voluntary work with Outerpaces in Wellington.  She loves being queer and is passionate about Rainbow communities being safe, vibrant and free from all kinds of violence.

Sandra set up Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence in early 2015 to raise awareness of partner and sexual violence in Rainbow communities, and develop strategies and resources in consultation with communities around Aotearoa New Zealand.

The project has produced reports, factsheets and recommendations in 2016 and 2017.  Sandra is currently working on the recommendations from communities with government agencies, Rainbow organisations and specialist agencies responding to family and sexual violence.  Contact Sandra with any questions about Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence.


The first stage of Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence – establishing the website, holding community hui, running a survey and releasing the first report of this research – was guided by an advisory group who were generous with their time, energy and expertise.  In alphabetical order, advisory group members were:

Duncan Matthews (Rainbow Youth); Elizabeth Kerekere (Tiwhanawhana Trust), Fetu-o-le-moana Teuila Tamapeau (Box Events Oceania), Kassie Hartendorp (Tiwhanawhana Trust, Outerspaces and Box Events Oceania), Moeawa Tamanui-Fransen (Te Kaha o Te Rangitahi),  Rachel Fabish (Te Ohaaki a Hine National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together), Sam Orchard, Sandz Peipi (Te Ohaaki a Hine National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together), Siaosi Mulipola (The Village Collective), Tabby Beasley (Inside Out), Tamara Anderson (The Project), Te Ahi Wi-Hongi (New Zealand Prostitutes Collective) and Trevor Easton (OUTlineNZ).