Central North News – October 2018

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

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

The year is zooming by, especially now that the weather is warmer.

I wish you all a happy school holidays. I hope that you can enjoy lots of outdoor experiences in some of the wonderful nature playgrounds we are blessed with.  Nothing like a dose of nature with an abundance of sensory experiences to calm the brainstem!

We have two Regional Hui that are being held in Gisborne on Tuesday 30 October and Hastings Regional Hui on Thursday 1 November. I realise it may be a fair distance to travel but everyone is welcome to attend. It may even be a good opportunity to incorporate a visit to family or friends…

Registrations are now open, you can register for the Gisborne Regional Hui here and the Hastings Regional Hui here.

Those who attend will also receive L’Oréal packs from our wonderful sponsor.


Nga mihi/Kind regards


Support Groups

Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get togethers on the first Monday of each month at 10.30 am.

Please ring Win Macreadie on 028 402 1794 if you are interested.

Tauranga Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Contact Karen (07) 579 3571 or email jewelzs@nullhotmail.com for more information.

Papa Kainga Foster Care Support – In home monthly visits by ECE trained educators for under school age children.  Contact Kathryn Hawkes papakainga@nullikindergartens.nz or 0800 250 052 ext 3 to learn more about this wonderful service. This service is available for caregivers with children in care in the Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo regions.

Tricia Corin, Benefits Advocate for GRG has assisted many grandparents receive the entitlements they are due. Tricia is a passionate campaigner for this growing group of caregivers.  Please contact Tricia through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).

Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Support Group – On the first Friday of each month 10.00am till 12.00 midday at the Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui.  Caregivers of all types are welcome to come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi/cherish each other in the wonderful work you do.

Thank you to the Oranga Tamariki Caregiver Social Worker Team who came along to the last meeting. Everyone said what a wonderful opportunity it was to have an informal chat and get to know each other. We must do it again before too long!

The next support group coffee morning will be in the school holidays so no doubt children will be there.  If the weather’s fine, how about a picnic lunch and a run around at the beach?

Email Elissa for more info elissa_langton@nullhotmail.com  or mob 021 462 030

Forever Families – This is a support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency.  They meet monthly according to interest. Email Laura usakiwi@nullme.co.nz

Tokoroa Caregivers – For caregivers in the Tokoroa region wishing to get together for support and a cuppa please contact Jill Lagas by email: jill.lagas@nullgmail.com or cell: 0274 816 182

Taupo Caregivers – Email Belinda belindamerz1@nullicloud.com  cell: 027 241 1775 for support, information and get togethers.

Whakatane  Caregivers 

A big thank you to Wendy Hickman who has made herself available to Whakatane caregivers for so long.  Wendy lives in Kawerau so if you live there too and need a chat give her a call on 027 462 7356 or email desertrose@nullmaxnet.co.nz

Watch this space for a new support group in Whakatane.


“(The effects of) Maltreatment & Family Violence” workshop was held in Tauranga Thursday 6 September in The Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mount Maunganui. We had a great turnout with plenty of lively participation as we examined what it must be like for the children/young people who have experienced maltreatment.  However, once that has been understood we moved straight into what we as a community can do to help with the healing process for the children.

“Understanding & Supporting Behaviour” workshop was held on 14 September at Oranga Tamariki, Ministry For Children in Pyne St, Whakatane.  We looked at what’s going on underneath the behaviour emotionally for the child and how we can best respond. We welcomed a new caregiver couple into the whanau as well.

Coming Up:

“Keeping Memories” Discussion Session Tauranga – Thursday 18 October 7.00pm -9.00pm The Kiwi Room at The Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Bayfair, Mount Maunganui.

The gift of a Life Story Book to a child who has been in your care will go a long way in helping the child make sense of their experiences, to give them some precious memories at a time when they are feeling overwhelmed, so they can remember their time with you. Come along to our first evening session, enjoy the company, share a cuppa and learn something at the same time!

 “Working With Adolescents” Taupo – Friday 26 October 9.00am – 3.00pm at REAP.

Come together and we will look at how the adolescent brain ticks – “out for renovation” as Nathan Wallis puts it.  Then we will share how to support our young people with some of the issues facing adolescents today.

Please check our Training Calendar here and be sure to register for the workshops offered or book with Christine 0800 100 849.   Look forward to meeting you there!


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