East Coast News – December 2017/January 2018

East Coast RC
Gonny Ormsby
07 281 1137 or
027 501 0393

Kia ora koutou

It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whānau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle.  Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  I wish you well over the holiday period.  Have lots of safe fun.

I will be on Christmas leave from Friday, 22 December 2017 until Monday, 15 January 2018. During this time, should you require URGENT support, please contact 027 369 3323 and leave your name and contact number.  These messages will be checked daily.

A gem from our National Conference last September in Christchurch:

One of the things that stood out for me at the presentation called “Re-awaken the Capacity to Connect in Hurt Children” by Dr Courtney Rennicke.  A simple summary of how to connect with hurt children from her presentation is the PACE Model.

P       PLAYFULNESS * Help child to experience enjoyment in the relationship.  An open, calm, ready, relaxed and engaged attitude.
A       ACCEPTANCE * Unconditionally accepting a child makes them feel secure, safe & loved.
C       CURIOSITY * Curiosity involves a quiet, accepting tone that conveys a simple desire to understand the child. Stay curious, wonder why.
E       EMPATHY * A sense of compassion for the child & their feelings. Stay with the child emotionally, providing comfort & support.
  Click here to view the full powerpoint presentation.



Family Fun Day

Tickets to the free Pool Party at the Gisborne Olympic Pool, 45 Centennial Marine Drive, on Saturday 16 December 2017 at 10am-2pm; will be available from Sarndy Matthews (see contact below).

Your Key Contacts for support and get togethers:

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

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

Thanks Sarndy and Moana for your help and making yourselves available to Tairawhiti caregivers.


Family Fun Day

Tickets to the free Pool Party at the Napier Aquatic Centre, Maadi Rd, Onekawa, on Sunday 17 December 2017 from 11am-3pm will be available from Cherie Hames (see contact below).

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


It’s great to see the trainings in Gisborne so well attended.  The Teamwork workshop in November highlighted keen caregivers willing to learn about their role in ‘The Team around The Child’ as well as the roles of the other members in their team. After examining communication styles a simple, effective and respectful formula/framework was provided for caregivers to use when asking for an unmet need. Thanks everyone for your enthusiastic participation!

The Term One training schedule is now live on our website. Please go and have a look at what we are offering next term. I would love to see you at one of the trainings. This is such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role. Registrations are required, please register here.  Or, if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

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