Auckland woman Jackie Clark has been named the supreme winner at the Westpac Women of Influence awards for her work with charity The Aunties.
Ms Clark founded the charity six years ago with the aim of working with women who are living or have lived with domestic violence.
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Primarily, she provides women with material needs like clothing, food or money. She told the audience her work was about helping people rebuild.
"When somebody's left a relationship they've got nothing, they've got absolutely nothing and I say 'I know what, let's take you shopping'," she said.
Westpac CEO David McLean said Ms Clark was inspirational.
"Jackie and her fellow Aunties give without seeking anything in return and without judgement," he said.
"She, and her core of other Aunties, ask vulnerable women what they need and then set about making it happen, in a completely selfless way.
"They have made an enormous contribution to our local communities at grassroots level."