Founding member and CEO (QSM)
Ruahine (Roni) Albert (Tuwharetoa, Maniapoto and Tainui descent) is one of the founding members of New Zealand's first Māori Women's Refuge in 1987. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and has worked at local, national and international levels to improve government and community services to survivors of violence.
Since 1987, Roni has continuously continued to raise public awareness about the issue of family violence while establishing a family violence response system within the Waikato that ensures the paramount safety of women and children.
Roni is a Justice of Peace and received the Queen's Service Medal in 2012. In 2015 Roni was a recipient of a Hamilton City Council Civic award.