Central North News – July 2017

Central North RC
Gonny Ormsby
07 281 1137 or
027 501 0393

Kia ora koutou

Kia kaha to the grandparents who met with Scott Simpson recently.  I look forward to hearing how it went.  I enjoyed meeting up with fellow grandmothers at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, (GRG) meeting on 9 June and hearing your stories – the challenges and the triumphs.

GRG Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month 10 – 12.30 at St Peters in the city Cnr Cameron and Spring Streets.  Phone Karen 0212255108 for more details.

Creators Awhi – Caregivers have recommended this not for profit service for caregivers of young children.

Check it out on www.creatorsawhi.co.nz or 0800 creators.

  • Do you want to find out more about the effect of trauma on the brain, so you can support and understand a child placed in your care?
  • Do you know about the inside/outside age of your child and what this means to their development across the four areas of wellbeing (Te Whare Tapu Wha)
  • How redeveloping trust can assist you as a caregiver?

To find out these and more come along to a training near you. Here is the Link to our training calendar.

Association Information

Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association

Support Group for all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month 10am till 12 midday at the Hillier Centre, Gloucester St, Mount Maunganui.  Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do.

A big thank you to Shereen Bartlett of Bartlett Swimming School who presented two vouchers of six months free swimming lessons to two Home For Life children at the last support group meeting.

Email Elissa Langton for more info elissalangton@nullhotmail.com

Forever Families is a support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency.  They meet monthly according to interest. July meeting will be held on Monday 3 July 10-12, at Kirsty Thomas’ home.  Email Kirsty for more information on kirstythomas1976@nullgmail.com

Tokoroa/Rotorua Association

Rotorua Support Group/Morning Tea:  Thank you to Colleen Ellis who hosted a morning tea recently for caregivers to learn off each other’s experiences.  There will be another opportunity for any others interested in coming along.  For more details email mcellisnz@nullyahoo.com.au

Tokoroa Support:  Email Sharron Livingstone werwhanau@nullgmail.com.  Thanks Sharron for helping with the Family Rock Hunt and afternoon tea in Taupo on the 24th June.  Look forward to hearing how it went.

Taupo Association

Email Belinda Merz bmerz@nullclear.net.nz for support and get togethers. Hope the Family Rock Hunt was good fun and the weather smiled on you all.

Whakatane  Association

Support/Coffee Group:  Email Wendy Hickman desertrose@nullmaxnet.co.nz  for support and get togethers.


It was lovely to meet with those who attended the Taupo training on 7 June where we looked into the complexities of Identity & Belonging.  I really enjoyed exploring with you the wider meaning of “culture” and what it must feel like for the child who is moved from one family’s culture to another family’s culture.

Also a big shout out to those who made it to the Rotorua training, Understanding & Managing Behaviour at the end of May.  So much emotion behind the outward behaviour of the child to understand and heal.

Don’t forget to register for Safety & Prevention to be held on 5 July in Tauranga at the Hillier Centre. Go to this link to attend.


Nga mihi

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