East Coast News – July 2019

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

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

I trust all is going well with Matariki celebrations/remembrances in your region.  So lovely to have something to look forward to in winter.

The Family Day held on 30 June in Tairawhiti/Gisborne was a fine sunny day full of games and goodies. A big shout out to the Regional Committee members (Moana and Sarndy) who put in the effort to organise this event.

I just want to highlight that many caregivers can often feel isolated as friends, whānau and other parents don’t understand the challenges to this selfless role.  This is why getting together with other caregivers or support groups can be so valuable, so please get involved.  Have a look further on in these Snippets for groups / contact people in your area.  If you’ve got an idea for a group or would like to start one close to you, I’d love to help.  See my contact details.

Extraordinary Care Fund (ECF)

If you receive the Unsupported Child or Orphan’s Benefit for a child in your care, you are eligible to apply to the ECF for a grant of up to $2,000 in each financial year (1 July to 31 June).

The ECF is designed to support children who are:

• Experiencing difficulties that are significantly impacting on their development; or

• Showing promise in a particular area

For more information, click the following link: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/extraordinary-care-fund.html#null

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Tricia Corin, Benefits Advocate for GRG.  Please contact Tricia through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637.

Support Groups

Should you wish to set up a support group of any particular nature e.g geographical, permanency, kin carer, health oriented etc, go to our website and register under Support Groups. I am here also to help and able to visit during a meeting or present a topic/video if asked. 


It’s great to see this group connecting and thriving.  To find out the next gathering, touch base with:

Sarndy Matthews email: sarndym@nullhotmail.com or cell: 027 426 600. 

Also, Moana Kerr email: moana_kerr@nullhotmail.com or cell: 021 456 541

Or on the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tairawhiticaregivers/


For Hawkes Bay gatherings, contact the following:

Email Cherie Hames (Hastings) cherie.mark@nullxtra.co.nz for support or details on get togethers/meetings.

Or Jessica Uri (Napier) urifamily10@nullgmail.com ph: 021 0269 0067.

Thanks Cherie and Jessica for making yourselves available to caregivers in the Hawkes Bay.

Training Reflections:

“Keeping Memories” Discussion Session in Hastings helped us all understand the importance of keeping a Life Story Book for our tamariki. We learnt what we could include in them, where to find important details and how to include beautiful descriptors for photos.

By the time you read this Tairawhiti/ Gisborne whanau will have attended the “Securing Permanency” Discussion Session on 26 June.  There are important considerations covered in this before achieving permanency for a child.

Trainings in Term 3:

There are workshops coming up after the school holidays in Hastings, Waipukurau and Gisborne and an evening Discussion Session in Napier.

To register please go to our website. Should you not be able to attend for any reason after registering, could you please send in your apology ASAP to Christine (0800 100 849) so that we can anticipate numbers and cater accordingly. Thanks, much appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Nga mihinui/Kind regards


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