Monthly Notices and News From the Aotea Family Support Group

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

“Mainly Music” is an opportunity for children under 5, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, to come together and have fun with music. The Great Barrier Island Sports and Social Club has made the conference centre available for the weekly sessions since they started last year.

There is a lot going for exposing very young children to music, especially in a social environment where they can interact with each other. But a parent doesn’t need an expert to tell them that – just watch the kids in action to convince yourself.

Everybody together now … row, row, row your boat!

Want to join in with your pre-schooler? Give Keri a call or just come along any Monday at 9:30. Just be ready to get up yourself and dance along like a child! Gold coin koha, thanks.

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.

About our donors: The Great Barrier Local Board

The cost of services provided by the AFSG is dependent on various funders. The Great Barrier Island Local Board has set aside $30,000 per year to support AFSG ‘to develop and deliver a range of community support and capacity building services to the local community.’ That contributes to costs of the after school and holiday programmes, senior’s events, two community vans, parenting workshops, crisis support and much more. For the board our work contributes to the priority that “We have more residents and visitors, but we won’t lose our way of life.”

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. Call Keri on 021 105 0912.
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

Can you volunteer to help with youth activities?

Every week Keri takes young people from the three school’s senior classes out for fun activities, indoors or outdoors, as the weather dictates. Numbers vary between 6 and 12, but it is always very entertaining for all.

Can you help drive and organise the children? We need an extra adult so we can bring everyone from Okiwi, Kaitoke and Mulberry Grove after school, to meet up wherever we are meeting that day. And during the school holidays, there are activities every day for two weeks taking place all over the island.

Call or email us to find out more. Please don’t be offended if we request a police check, but we are obliged to do that.

AGM of the Aotea Family Support Group

10AM, Tuesday 31st March 2020,

in the School Master’s House at the Art Gallery.

All welcome.

Over 60s Lunch at Claris Club
Saturday 21st March at 12:30

Please book by Friday 13th March – call 962 or email

Mains ($12.00)

  1. Roast beef and steamed veg with roast potatoes, roast pumpkin with gravy.
  2. Fish and chips with garden fresh salad.

Vegetarian option:

  1. Vegetable lasagne with garden fresh salad.
Dessert ($5.OO)

1. Apple crumble with cream.

Your caterer: Mickey Oppert

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 11.15 AM, then pickups along the way. Gold coin koha please.

Next event: April 18th Tryphena Club

Next Seniors Activity on Friday 27th March

This trip will be a visit to Christina Blackwell’s gardens, with a possible surprise! Please bring along a shared picnic lunch – tea and coffee supplied. The van will be leaving Tryphena Hall at 10 am. Your host is John Garlick. You can book by calling on our booking line 4290962 by Thursday 26th,or speak to Sue Eves on 4290174.

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

Monthly notices and news from the Aotea Family Support Group. This is an electronic version of the A5 folded leaflet delivered to all mail boxes on Great Barrier Island. If you would like to no longer receive this email, simply reply to the sender to say so.

Please follow and like us: