Monthly Notices And News from the Aotea Family Support Group

This month: A new community worker + A workshop on legal responsibilties of not-for profits + The invite to the next Over 60s Lunch.

New Community Worker

We would like to introduce Kellie Cleave as the new GBI Community Worker. Kellie has been the AFSG Family Services Coordinator for the last 2 years, working alongside the Youth Activities Coordinator and supporting Aotea families with compassion and care.

Kellie has extensive experience working with WINZ in Auckland, advocating for and helping people resolve their problems and access government support. In her new role she will continue to provide the wrap around service the GBI Community Worker Project is known for.

From the 2nd of September you can reach Kellie on the same number of 386, or call into the new office, located at the back of Claris Health Centre. You can also email

Kellie will also be available at the Community Room in Okiwi from 8 to 3:30 every fortnight, starting from Wednesday the 4th of September.

Our work is possible thanks to …

Need to talk?

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 2226410.

October School Holiday Programme

The programme for the next school holidays 30 Sept to 11 October will be sent out to all school pupils through the schools in the week before. Or check online at

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 Sue Eves, Lisa and Rendt directly on 4290 174.
Or email: office.

“Supporting Families on Great Barrier Island since 1988.”

Workshop: Legal responsibilities for NFP boards

The governors and leaders of not for profit organisations need to understand the legal responsibilities involved. Auckland North Community And Development (ANCAD) are bringing back Carol Scholes to advise on how to set up robust evaluative and review practices that ensure the board and the organisation are doing the right things. This includes financial accountability, compliance reporting standards, risk management and funding pressures. You can email us to find out more. The cost is $60.

Register directly with ANCAD: info, 09 486-4820

Wednesday, 11 September, 10am – 3.30pm at the Arts Village.

Our Resources

Did you know …?

· Our Community Vans are available for events and meetings of other community groups, with only reimbursement of mileage costs expected, thanks to a Great Barrier Local Board subsidy.

· We also have marquees for hire for private functions and public events, with income going towards repairs and replacement costs.

· Doing a fundraiser yourself? You can borrow our BBQ if you provide your own gas bottle.

· At the health centre in the waiting area, you can find our library of useful reference books.

· And then there is of course the Clothing Exchange behind our office in the Old School Building, where you can leave or find clothing in good condition for children and adults.

Over 60s Lunch at the Claris Sports Club
Saturday 21st September at 12:30

Please book by Friday 13th You can call 962 or email.

Mains ($12.00 / $25.00 for visitors)

1. Roast pork with roast potatoes, steamed vegetables and gravy.

2. Fresh Snapper battered or pan fried, chips and salad.

Vegetarian option:

3. Creamy spinach and mushroom fettuccine.

Dessert ($5.OO)

1. Chocolate cheesecake

2. Pavlova with cream

and fruit.

Your caterer: Jeanne Payne

Your hostess: Maud McLean

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 MG School at 10.30 AM, then pickups along the way. Gold coin koha please.

Next event: October 19th at Mt St Pauls Lodge.

Next Seniors Activity on Friday September 27th

… a trip to Shirley Gray’s gardens for a wander and a shared picnic lunch. Bring along a picnic – tea and coffee provided. You can book by calling Sue Eves on 4290174. Van leaving Tryphena hall at 10 am.

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

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