In this issue: School Holiday Programme cancelled | Are you really OK? Learn about perinatal anxiety | New Year’s Picnic Update | Youth Mentoring Update | Need a ride to Claris from Okiwi? | Over 60s Meal and Senior Activities this month.

Note: All advertised dates and timings are subject to changing COVID restrictions. Check online on or our Facebook page for notices of cancelations and postponements. If in doubt, call us.

School Holiday Programme cancelled

With great regret, we decided that we cannot do the school holiday programme due to many rules and regulations with Covid19. We have thought long and hard about this and discussed with many people and decided that it is best to just send out activity packs instead.

We hope that you all can understand our decision in this trying time for everyone. Hopeful by January 2021 we’ll be able to run our usual youth activity programmes.

If you did not receive a letter through school, contact me or the office to find out if packs are still available for $5. Keri

Are you really OK? Learn about perinatal anxiety

We can now confirm November 12 for a free seminar for our families to discuss antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression, and ways we can manage it: information, advice and practical solutions. Taken by Liora Noy, educator for PADA – Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa. Venue and time will be in the November What’s Up.

New Year’s Picnic Update

This year is slipping by and New Year’s will be upon us before you know it.

Crowd favourites the Celtic Connection featuring Sean Kelly & Gerry O’Neill will be back as will Ngaire, the very popular face painter. There will be lots more entertainment too, watch this space. Or get in touch with Verena if you are keen to be involved!

We would love to see a variety of food stalls at the 2021 Picnic and I know there are lots of great chefs and home cooks on the island so start planning now. In previous years over a thousand people have passed through the event so it’s a great opportunity to sell your goodies to a captive audience.

With all the uncertainty this year there will be a postponement date set and we can help you find freezer space, in case things do suddenly change.

To book a stall, ($50 for a food stall, $25 for other goods/services, pay on the day), contact me: nyp or text 021 683 39.

Your generosity would also be much appreciated to support the fundraising raffles and live auction; if you would like to donate goods and services please get in touch. Nga mihi nui, Verena

About Us

The Aotea Family Support Group Charitable Trust has been supporting families and the community on Great Barrier Island since 1988.Find out more online at

Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, @AoteaFamilySupportGroup.

The Office is open daily, except Wed, at least from 9 to 1:30.
For general enquiries you can call Sue Thompson on 4290 465, or reach Lisa and Rendt directly on 4290 174.
Or email: office.

Community Worker: Kellie Cleave

à New hours

Kellie Cleave, the Community Worker, is based in the annex of the Aotea Health Centre in Claris, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesdays she is at Okiwi or Port Fitzroy on alternating weeks – just call to check.
She can be reached on 4290386 or

Your Mental Health — Essential Contacts

If you want to sit down with a professional and, in confidence, talk through issues you are having to deal with, Cait Devey is an accredited counsellor. Counselling for children and their families is subsidised thanks to the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki, and the Ministry of Health.

Call or text Cait on 021 222 6410

More help

Depression helpline: Free call 0800 111 757 or free text 4202

Alcohol Drug Helpline: Free call 0800 787 797 or free text 8681

Youthline: Free call 0800 376 633 or free text 234

Plunketline: Free call 0800 933 922

Just need to talk to someone? Speak to theSamaritanson 0800 72 66 66

Also check out for many other specific counselling needs and support numbers.

But if your needs are more practical – though no less critical – please call one of us at the Support Group and together we are sure to find a solution.

Youth Mentoring Update

The new programme is starting up with 6 mentors getting prepared. Mentees are identified for a pilot phase, with several already matched up and ready to start next term. You can contact me on 0210 838 4496 or deb.badraun. Deb Badraun

Over 60s Lunch at Whangaparapara Lodge, Saturday 31st October at 12:30

Please book by Friday 23rd October.

Mains ($12.00)
  1. Oregano chargrilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, roasted olives, avocado puree, feta vinaigrette, balsamic reduction (gf, keto).
  2. Oven baked fish, lemon pea puree, asparagus, pancetta, pickled red onion, grilled citrus (gf, keto, df).
Dessert ($5.OO)
  1. Lavender crème brulee, fresh blueberries, frozen white chocolate (gf).
  2. Chocolate torte, spike blackberry coulis, hazelnut ice cream.

Your caterer: Angeline Your hostess: Lisa Eves

Bookings: Email lisa.eves, or call 962.

Cancellation: Please, if you miss the cut-off date but still want to attend, or are unable to attend, call Lisa on 174, not the caterer.

Transport: Depart at Mulberry Grove School at 11 AM, then pickups along the way. Gold coin koha please.

Next event: Christina’s Café. Kaitoke. November 21st.

Next Seniors Activity Fri Oct 16th. Glenfern Sanctuary

This month the Seniors activity is a trip to Glenfern Sanctuary. A walk around this beautiful reserve and a talk with the Artist in Residence. An AFSG vehicle will be leaving Tryphena Hall at 10am. Your host is John Garlick. Please book by calling AFSG booking line 4290 962 by Thursday 15th October, or speak with Lisa Eves on 4290 174.

Meals And Outings For Senior Residents Subsidised By Auckland Council Thanks To The Gb Local Board

Need a ride to Claris from Okiwi?

In term time, our van departs the school 8AM Tue to Fri going to the Aotea Learning Hub opposite the health centre. Returns 3PM on Tue/Wed and 2PM Thu/Fri. Gold coin koha appeciated.

Our work is possible thanks to ongoing financial support from The Aotea/Great Barrier Local Board, Foundation North, and the Lottery Grants Board, as well as others.

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