News, Resources & Events/Workshops

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24 Ways to Thank Your Donors - Exult Fundraising

Got new fundraising staff on board for 2018?  Want to re-invigorate the way you thank your donors?  Then this poster full of ideas might help.


Tsunami Evacuation Maps for Gisborne and coastal areas can be found online at  Gisborne's harbour, the industrial subdivision and low-lying properties are some of the areas included in the tsunami evacuation zone.  The Gisborne city tsunami map spans across the district along the railway line, Anzac St, Kaihutia St and Childers Rd until the Turanganui River.  Kaiti Beach properties are also on the map.  Civil Defence advises people to prepare emergency survival items.  Equipment suggested include a touch with spare batteries, a batter-operated radio, wind and waterproof clothing, first aid kit, food and water to last at least three days.  They also advise for people to create a getaway kit that is easily accessible at home and work, and this kit should include similar items.  a full checklist is available at:


Action Station is a great NGO and website to see what submissions are open and how to quickly submit an email or sign a petition on a current issue. or


Special offer just for members of Community Networks Aotearoa and their networks - because we think you're great!

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

We are pleased to offer this opportunity not only to our member organisations but to their members as well. If you, or one of your network organisations, are interested in receiving an obligation free quote, please contact us for the special code you will require and Rothbury's contact details.


  Please read below for current and upcoming workshops here in Gisborne:

Ka Pai Kaiti Regular Events
  • Monday, 6-8pm     Romiromi Massage (koha)
  • Wednesday,  5.30pm   Whanau support around Meph
  • Thursday, 6-8pm     Ka Pai Kaiti KINGS Chess & Draughts Club

These weekly events take place at the Kaiti Mall, 500 Wainui Road.


Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care Programme

Hospice Tairawhiti is offering the Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care education resource to all staff. There are eleven learning packages, delivered in 2 hour education sessions. It is a truly multidisciplinary education resource. Certificates will be awarded for each session attended. All sessions are free of charge. Participants must attend the introductory session, Essence of Palliative Care, first and then may attend the other sessions in any order.

Date Session
15 May from 1:30 to 3:30 Communication Skills
5 June from 1:30 to 3:30 Last Days of Life
14 June from 10:00 to 12:00 Dementia

Syringe Driver training will be offered once per quarter in the Poutama Room, Wednesday May 23rd, Gisborne Hospital from 9am to 12pm.

Breakfast Sessions, with the generous support of the Cancer Research Trust New Zealand, will continue to be offered free of charge. This Palliative Care Lecture Series will be delivered via teleconference with a PowerPoint presentation that the speaker takes participants through. Lectures will take place on the first Thursday of the month, 7:30 to 8:30 am from February to December 2018.
7 June Complex pain management: the old and the new
5 July Spiritual care for people with dementia

There will be two seminars offered throughout the year, dates to be announced.
17 May Understanding me When I’m Dying: perspectives from different cultures

For registrations and further information please contact Clarice Alderdice, Hospice Tairawhiti Education Co-ordinator
Email: or Phone: 06 869 0552


Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement Training

a tool designed in Aotearoa/New Zealand that uses ancestral archetypes, animals, colour, imagery, narrative and cultural metaphors as powerful tools to connect individuals to their Mana (spiritual authority), their sources of strength, and their world.
The Model uses a culturally centred framework for a strengths-based conversation that explores who we are, our sources of strength and how we face life’s challenges.  The effective segmentation in the framework provides a powerful tool that develops emotional regulation and literacy, self-knowledge, early recognition, and the opportunity to do something differently, in a new and sustainable way, to manage crisis escalation at an early stage.

Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement is a simple and effective tool that supports cultural identity, builds capacity and achieves positive outcomes for all involved - individuals, whānau/families, staff and school/agency culture - that can be clearly
identified, shared and measured.  The effectiveness is evidenced by a growing number of schools, RTLB’s and Social
Service agencies along with an independent Kaupapa Māori evaluation. See our website for details.

Training in Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement is delivered by two presenters over 2 full days.
The first day covers the key concepts and how to use the framework.  Participants then try out the tool and reassemble a month later to review, share innovations and problem solve and discuss further aspects such as sustainability, data collection and analysis and using the framework as an holistic measuring outcomes tool.  A health check is carried out a further 2 - 3 months after the 2nd training day to ensure things are running as they should.

Presenters: Susan Ngawati Osborne (Ngati Hine) and Nigel Marshall (London/Aotearoa/NZ)

When: Day 1: Thursday April 26th & Day 2: Thursday May 24th  

Cost: Earlybird Registration $450.00 + gst 27th March to 17th April - From 18th April $500.00 + gst per person: includes a Manual, digitised resources (case management sheet, self-monitoring tool and visual progress chart), ongoing support and supervision.

Visit our website:

Susan 0272268395
Nigel 0274515267



Youth Volunteer Awards 2018

When: Thursday May 24

Time: from 6pm

Where: Senior Citizens Hall, Grey St



Te Pā Harakeke Orientation Workshop

Children are our tāonga. By working together we can realise our vision, for all Tairawhiti tamariki to be loved, be nurtured,
be treasured, belong.

Facilitators: Nicola Barrington, Workforce Lead & Henrietta Edwards-Henry, Administrator, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children.

This workshop is designed to orient participants to the work of the Children’s Action Plan, in context for Tairāwhiti, using Te Pā Harakeke, our way of working. At the end of the workshop participants will have an understanding of:

  • The Children’s Action Plan,
  • Te Pā Harakeke, Tairāwhiti Children’s Team approach
  • Roles and responsibilities
  •  Process

Anyone working with children and whanau who would like to know more about becoming involved in the Te Pā Harakeke, Tairāwhiti Children’s Team approach, including government agencies, iwi, NGO’s and community organisations; are
encouraged to attend.

When: Tuesday June  12

Time: 9.00am to 3pm - morning tea and lunch is provided

Where: Oranga Tamariki

To register your interest, please contact 

More information


Your rights, and how to access them; An introduction to self and peer advocacy

For disabled people and their families, CAB, Women’s Refuge, Work & Income advocates etc.
We have more rights to quality support services, benefits and inclusion than ever before. Yet to put these into effect people need to

  • know their rights
  • confidently speak up so their views are heard and taken seriously.

This three session course is interactive, with participants working in pairs and small groups. In the
afternoons, new learning and skills are applied, using scenarios based on issues commonly facing participants.

  • Self-advocacy
  • Information on rights and complaints processes
  • Assertion: confidently communicating with people in positions of power
  •  Recognising stressors and emotional needs:self-care and support
  • Planning: setting goals, choosing strategies and preparing for meetings
  • Keeping records

Peer-advocacy (disabled people/families supporting one another) An empowerment model of peer advocacy

  • The importance of confidentiality and mandate
  • Accepting others perspectives (cultural safety)
  • Supporting others to make informed choices
  • Communication skills
  • Cultural difference in communication styles
  • Listening skills
  • Supporting people’s emotional needs

When:Tuesdays 12, 19 & 24 June

Time: 9am to 2.30pm

Where: Sport Gisborne Tairawhti, 74 Grey St

Tutor: Ruth Gurzon

Cost: Free for disabled people and families (funded by Te Pou).
All others: $175 (incl. GST) for all 3 days (includes lunches and handbook).

Any questions? Ph Ruth on 027 4308 149 or email

more information

Way to Play Workshop - Playing joyously with a child on the Autism Spectrum

A one-day introduction to playing with children on the Autism Spectrum. Playing with a child with autism can be challenging, so the Way to Play workshop offers simple, easy to use strategies to begin playing joyously together.

Participants will learn to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of play for a young child with autism.
  • Use simple play strategies such as pretend play, playing with toys and being a guide.
  • Identify methods of play such as, pattern, memory, variation and interrupting.
  • Set play goals.
  • Identify their role in playing with a young child.
  • Identify the style of play that best suits the child.

Way to Play is specifically designed for parents/caregivers/whānau, health and education professionals, and anyone directly involved with a young child on the Autism Spectrum, who want some practical strategies for how to play in fun and exciting ways together.

When: Wednesday July 4

Time: 9am - 3.30pm

Where: Gisborne Hospital Social Club Rooms

Cost: Family/Whanau: $20.00
Professionals: $100.00

Please complete the Way to Play Registration Form here


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