This month: Planning 2020, AFSGS Youth Assistant wanted, photos from the 2020 New Years Picnic, Over 60s event and Seniors Activities.

In the pipeline for 2020

The new year is well underway and we have been busy planning. So, watch out for notices of

Monthly meals for Over 60s at Claris Club, Tryphena Club and Whangaparapara Lodge.

Seniors Activities every last Friday of the month, visiting Okiwi Passion, Glenfern, Haratoanga, the Whaling Station, and more.

After School Programme for year 7 and 8s (Parents will be invited to meet with the Youth Activities Coordinator once schools are under way again.)

School Holiday Programmes for 2 weeks every break.

A Youth Trip later in the year.

Mainly Music sessions with pre-schoolers meeting weekly.

A Parenting Workshop.

At least one Family Picnic.

And a Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Partnering with Mori workshop (2 Sept, with ANCAD)

All this alongside our usual caregiving and community services.

Our work is possible thanks to on going financial support from The Great Barrier Local Board, Foundation North, the Lottery Grants Board, among others.

Job Vacancy: Do you like working with children?

AFSG Youth Assistant

We are looking for an energetic and responsible person to help our Youth Activities Coordinator, Keri Lyon, with the weekly After School Program (5h/week), and the School Holiday Programs, 4x year (up to 60h over 2 weeks).

The role also includes driving Year 7 and 8s from Okiwi School every week and during the holidays to various locations around the island.

You must pass a police check and have a clean drivers license. The pay rate is $20.50 per hour. Immediate start.

Contact our office by phone or email to find out more.

Need to talk?

Subsidised counselling for children and parents.

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.

You can contact Cait in confidence on 021 222 6410.

About Us

Supporting Families on Great Barrier Island since 1988.

The Aotea Family Support Group Charitable Trust has been helping families and the community on Great Barrier Island for 3 decades.
Find out more online at

You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, @AoteaFamilySupportGroup.

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

Kellie Cleave, the Community Worker, is based in the annex of the Aotea Health Centre in Claris, and can be reached on 4290 386.
Her email is

New Years Picnic 2020: Were you there?

At our annual fundraiser, the 2020 New Years Picnic, we raised over 6,500 dollars thanks to generous donors, auction and raffle sponsors as well as stall holder fees. This money will go directly towards supporting families and especially those in crisis.

And a Big Thank You to the helpers!

Over 60s Lunch at Great Barrier Lodge Whangaparapara
Saturday 15th February at 12:30

Please book by Friday 7th You can call 962 or email

Mains ($12.00)

  1. Slow braised beef with garlic mash and vegetables.
  2. Chicken and mushroom fettucine with basil cream sauce.

Vegetarian option:

  1. Garden vegetable salad with berry vinaigrette.
Dessert ($5.OO)

1. Pavlova with berries and cream.

2. Apple strudel with cream.

Your caterer: Gordon

Your hostess: Sue Eves

Bookings: Email sue.eves, or call 962.

Cancellation: Please, if you miss the cut-off date but still want to attend, or are unable to attend, call Sue on 962, not the caterer.

Transport: Pickup at M G School at 11.00 AM, then pickups along the way. Gold coin koha please.

Next event: March 21st Claris Club

Next Seniors Activity on Friday February 28th

This trip will be a tour of Okiwi Passion gardens in Okiwi. Please bring along a shared picnic lunch and morning tea, tea and coffee supplied. The van will be leaving M G School at 10 am. Your host is John Garlick. You can book by calling Sue Eves on 174 or on our booking line 962 by Thursday 27th.

Meals and outings for senior residents are subsidised by Auckland Council thanks to the Great Barrier Local Board

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