In this issue: New Youth Mentoring Programme | Building Awesome Whnau | Over 60s Meal and Senior Activities

New Youth Mentoring Programme

We are excited to announce that we are starting a new activity, the Aotea Mentoring Programme. A youth mentoring pilot has just been funded by Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Children.

The programmes goal is to develop a best practice model for an effective and safe youth mentoring programme on our island. Mentors will be matched with selected young people aged 12 and over, who would benefit from the guidance and support that a mentoring relationship can offer.

Deb Badraun has been employed as the coordinator. Deb trained with the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network and has now completed the preparation phase of the programme.

The first phase was made possible thanks to funding provided by the St Johns Church Op Shop and funds raised at the 2020 New Years Picnic.

Recruitment for volunteer mentors is underway, then training and safety checks will be completed, so that the mentoring programme should be up and running during Terms 3 and 4 this year and Terms 1 and 2 next year.

The word Mentor comes from the Greek language and means a wise guide. In ancient times traditionally this was the master/apprentice relationship where skills where shared and learned .

These days a modern mentor is still a wise guide but may also be both a friend and a role model to the young person.

The pair meet regularly to engage in recreational activities and / or share and learn new skills. These close connections assist young people to discover who they are and develop positive aspirations for their future. As a result, young mentees are better able to grow and flourish to their full potential and to engage with and contribute to the world around them.

For any more information about the Aotea Mentoring Programme
please contact our office on 465.

Building Awesome Whnau

This course from the Parenting Place draws on the wisdom of mtauranga Mori and the best of the Toolbox, to offer you and your family a kaupapa that is unique to Aotearoa. The Parenting Toolbox was the topic of an earlier weekend workshop held at Orama that proved very popular.

Designed for whnau raising children aged 0-12, you will find this inspiring, whether you are Mori or not. Watch out for confirmation if, when and where this awesome two-day workshop will take place.

Contact Kellie on 4290 386 to find out more.

Over 60s Lunch at Tryphena Social Club

Saturday 25th July at 12:30

Please book by Friday 17th July – call 962 or email

Meat option ($12.50):

  1. Fish n chips with garden salad, tartare and lemon.
  2. Roast Pork, gravy, apple sauce, cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes and green peas & carrots.

Vegetarian option ($12.50):

  1. Red lentil and Butternut Curry, basmati rice, garden salad.
Dessert ($5.OO):

  1. Chocolate Walnut Brownie with vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis.
  2. Toffee Apple Crumble with creamy vanilla custard.

Your caterer: Kat and Jonks 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: Pickup at Cross Roads 11 AM, then pickups along the way. Gold coin koha please.

Next event: August 22nd at Great Barrier Lodge Whangaparapara.

Next Seniors Activity Friday July 24th: Whangaparapara whaling station

This trip will be a visit to the small museum at Whangaparapara Wharf and a boat ride with Tony Litherland to visit the whaling station. Tony can take 6 people at a time for a quick trip.

Please bring along a shared picnic lunch. The van will leave Tryphena Hall at 10 am. Your host is John Garlick. You can book by calling on our booking line 4290962 by Thursday 23rd,or speak to Lisa Eves on 4290174.

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

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

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