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Women's Refuge New Zealand is an organization located in New Zealand dedicated to women and children, fighting to prevent family violence. It is the first women's refuge in New Zealand, founded in 1973. Since then, it has fought to protect children, young people, Māori women, Pasifika women, migrant and refugee women, lesbian women, older women and women with disabilities. It also informs people on the impact of domestic violence.

During Melanie Martinez's time in New Zealand in 2016, Melanie designed a stuffed animal named Mr. Soft Serve and was interviewed for a Women's Refuge charity. She stated that she decided to do this because "It's really important to support people who are struggling with any kind of family issues, especially dealing with family violence, because family is one of the most important things and it makes me really heartbroken and sad, like just even thinking about people struggling with that. I'm hoping that this little bear guy will make someone really happy and can bring them a bit of love.

Interview Transcript

Hello, I'm Melanie Martinez and I'm doing the Women's Day Quick Fire Quiz.

Q: What's the funniest sounding word?

A: Definitely zipper. I like zipper, it's a cute word.

Q: How long can you live without your phone?

A: I wish that I could say longer, but honestly, like ten minutes tops, like it's really bad. Only because I'm thinking of so many things, wanting to record voice memos if I have song ideas or theme ideas just for music videos, any little idea. I like to write it down and that's super important to me, and my phone's the easiest way to do that, so yeah 10 minutes.

Q: Last show you binge-watched?

A: The last show that I binge-watched was Stranger Things. It's so good. Eleven is my spirit animal. I love her. She's incredible. Bae.

Q: What's your favorite book?

A: Definitely Go Ask Alice. So yeah. Thank you for watching.

Charity Drawing Transcript

I'm obsessed with vintage stuffed animals so I'm trying to make this as close as possible to something that I would have at home. I used to paint and stuff a lot when I was younger and it was my favorite thing to do, besides write music.

The charity that I picked is Women's Refuge. I think it's really important to support people who are struggling with any kind of family issues, especially dealing with family violence, because family is one of the most important things and it makes me really heartbroken and sad just even thinking about people struggling with that. I'm hoping that this little bear guy will make someone really happy and can bring them a bit of love.

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