After school program:

Every Thursday after school during term time, the year 7 and 8s alternate with the Te Kura students to take part in different activities, to meet up and to do things together, from playing team games, physical outdoors activities, or working together to raise funds for the end of year youth trip.

School Holiday Programme:

Every term break, and at the end of the summer break, we run an action packed holiday programme. Check out the latest programme here.

Youth trip:

For the year 7 and 8s there is an exciting trip every year, normally alternating off and on-island. In 2019 it was a visit to Auckland, with visits to the police, a bank, the botanical gardens, the museum, and a train ride to Rainbows End.

Home Help Scheme:

The Home Help scheme started in 1994 and is a contract with Aotea Health. People are assessed by Aotea Health and the Aotea Family Support Group finds the worker for the client and manages the service.  At present there are nearly 30 workers who go into the home to do everything from washing floors, general housework to laundry and shopping.  Personal care is also available where required.  This service enables people to remain in their own homes and stay on the island for as long as possible.  It gives isolated elderly people contact with other people in the community and it provides employment for the community.

Crisis support:

The Support Group can often help people that find themselves in crisis. Call us or call in to find out if we can be of assistance with emergency travel, food grants or other issues that you need help with.


Counselling is available on a regular basis and is subsidised through the Aotea Family Support Group. It is available to people of all ages and is provided by fully qualified family counsellors. There is a small cost for the consultation. All children’s counselling is free.


Sometimes you just need someone on your side to get through bureaucracy and find the help you are entitled to. Come and talk to us if you feel stuck.​

Funding advice:

Do you have a project idea and is there a group of you ready to start but in need of funding? The staff at the Support Group can advise other groups on finding funding​ agencies and with he preparation of grant applications.

Youth Opportunity Grant:

The Youth Opportunity Grant is offered every two years in May/June (odd years, not even), with a closing date of 30th June and is open to Great Barrier youth aged 13 to 17 years of age.

The grant should be for:

  • a specific purpose, event, learning opportunity
  • something you are motivated and/or inspired to do
  • something that may further develop your skills, passions, or hobbies or a learning opportunity that could enhance your employment prospects

The sum offered is confirmed in the May meeting of the Aotea Family Support Group but is currently $2000. The grant will be advertised in the Barrier Bulletin.

Applications need to be in writing to the office of the Aotea Family Support Group with as much information and detail of costs and dates as possible. The trustees will make a decision at the July meeting of the Aotea Family Support Group. The decision will be sent to the applicants in writing and the winning applicant will receive the grant by cheque or online payment.

The successful applicant will be expected to write an account of their experience for the trustees and possibly also for publication.