East Coast News – Septmeber 2018

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

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

I hope you have all been able to make the most of the few fine days we’ve had to top up on vitamin D.  I am seeing the colourful flowers begin to appear in gardens and on the trees and shrubs. Don’t you just love to see colour popping up to push away the dark winter days? I know I do!  With the spring weather comes the birth of new life, new beginnings, new possibilities, fresh starts and hope.

The exciting news is we are getting closer to the One Day Hui in Gisborne on 30 October and Hastings on 1 November!  See the proposed panui/programme for the day with room for some additions. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity for caregivers to come and spend some time together, looking at how we can support each other for the good of the tamariki in our care.




Nga mihi/Kind regards


Support Groups

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 through the GRG website or call 0800GRANDS/0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).


Your Support Group liaisons for support and get togethers:

Sarndy Matthews email:  brook.kjacobs@nullgmail.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/

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


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


September will be a busy month for trainings on the East Coast as I have been occupied in August with delivering the Foundations For Attachment training, as part of the LIFT Programme, in Tauranga every Tuesday with our therapist Rob Surtees.  Hopefully we will be able to offer the LIFT Programme, which also includes ongoing support, to East Coast caregivers in the future. This “way of being” was developed by Dan Hughes and incorporates the P A C E (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, empathy) and DDP (Dyadic developmental practice) principles.  You’ve probably heard me referring to them in our workshops.



GISBORNE, 18 SEPTEMBER  9.00am – 3.00pm, Salvation Army upstairs at 389 Gladstone Rd.  


NAPIER, 26 SEPTEMBER 9.00am – 3.00pm, EIT Room A101, 501 Gloucester St, Taradale.  


WAIPUKURAU, 27 SEPTEMBER 9.00am – 3.00pm, Epic Hall opp. St Andrews Church, Andrews St.


**NEW: We are now offering two hour follow up discussion sessions for these workshops so you can reinforce the learning and integrate them into your every day caregiving practice. **

Check out our training calendar link. Or contact Christine 0800 100 849 to book.   Look forward to meeting you there!


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