Aotea Family Support Group Monthly Notices And News

School Holiday Programme 14-25 January

The regular programme of two weeks outdoors fun for younger kids will be sent out through schools again, as well advertised on our website, before end of term. Book before Christmas to be in.

Christmas Family Picnic: Twin Pines, 5pm 22 Dec

All children and their families are invited to the inaugural ‘Christmas picnic’ at Twin Pines playground, on 22 December starting at 5pm. Shared meal, BBQ, games and Carols around our Christmas Tree.

Forming right attitudes

A speaker form The Parenting Place will meet with older students at the Aotea Education Trust Learning Hub during the last term of this year to give a talk that gives …

“practical advice on how to get through the hard chapters of life and delivers the ‘life messages’ teenagers need to grow mental and emotional resilience. It covers the importance of making positive decisions, and how to build the four cornerstones of a meaningful life.”

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.

About Us

The Office is open daily, except Wed, at least from 9 to 1:30.
You can call Sue Thompson on 4290 465, or reach Sue Eves, Lisa and Rendt directly on 4290 174. Email:

If you want to talk about Family Support Services, Kellie Cleave is available by appointment, on Thursdays in Claris, in the Annex of the Health Centre, and on Tuesdays in the North.
You can txt Kellie on 021 1280267 to confirm a suitable time.

Find out more online at

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2019 Senior’s Programme

Over 60’s lunches Senior’s Activities/Garden visits
Feb 16th Stray Possum Lodge

March 16th Whangaparapara Lodge

April 27th Bob and Tipi’s

May 18th Golf Club

June 15th Tryphena Club

July 20th Mid-Winter Xmas Claris Club

August 17th Stray Possum Lodge

September 21st Port Fitzroy Boat Club

October 19th Mt St Paul Estate

November 16th Claris Club

December 21st Xmas Lunch Tryphena Club

Feb 22nd Christina Spence and beach walk

March 22nd Julie Bowers, Rakatau Okupu

April 26th Paddy Forsyth, Tryphena

May 26th Navy Station

June 28th Coastguard trip (limit 10, $5.00 donation for fuel)

July 26th Haratoanga Beach

August 23rd Val Foreman, Shoal Bay Estate

September 27th Shirley Gray, Palmers beach

October 25th Ben Sanderson, Claris

November 22nd to be announced

AFSG Fundraiser: Christmas trees for sale

Johnno Stapleton volunteered to cut and deliver Christmas trees again, for only $25, on Saturday the 8th of December, but no further than Awana. To order a tree, email Sue with drop off instructions on, or call 465. We will contact you with an account number to deposit your money or pay cash in the office, or on delivery. Thanks Johnno.

Over 60s Lunch at the Tryphena Club
12:30 Saturday December 15th

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

Mains ($12.00 or $25.00 for visitors)

1.      Mustard & Orange Glazed Ham, Roast Chicken w herb & cranberry stuffing, roast kumara, baby steamed potatoes with butter, mint peas, carrots and a dinner roll.

Vegetarian option:

2.      Twice baked Butternut squash with quinoa, feta, spinach with cranberry salad and a dinner roll.

  Dessert ($5.OO)

1.      Pavlova w fresh fruit salad, cream and vanilla ice-cream.

2.      Spiced Sticky Date Pudding with brandy butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream.

Your caterers: Kat and Jonquil

Cancellation: If you have forgotten to book but have missed the cut-off date call Kat on 038, likewise if you have booked and want to cancel.

Transport: Pickup at Cross Roads, at 11.15 am.

Next event: We will be at Stray Possum Lodge on February 16th 2019.

Next Seniors Activity

The next senior activity will be held next year on Feb 22nd with a day spent at Christina’s in her beautiful gardens with a walk on the beach and if the tides are right a swim in the Mermaid Pools. Wishing you all a very Happy and safe Xmas and New Year. Next year’s activity calendar is looking really good with new places to see and some old but popular visits. Thank you to John and Peggy Garlick again for the time that they volunteered to this programme during the year.

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

Save the dates: New Year’s Picnic Jan 1 and
Fitzroy Family Fest Saturday Jan 5

Warmest season’s greetings from all of us at the
Aotea Family Support Group Charitable Trust:
“Supporting Families on Great Barrier Island since 1988.”


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