Agency news

There are heaps of wonderful agencies that support the Hutt Valley!

Below is news, relevant to those agencies - if you have anything that you'd like to add to this blog please contact us.

  • Parent Help parenting course

    Parent Help parenting course for the parenting of challenging teens, “DIFFERENT APPROACH, DIFFERENT RESPONSE”

    Who we are
    Parent Help is a Wellington based community agency that has been offering services to families since 1989.

    We provide help with all parenting issues from the smallest to the most serious issue of child abuse. We are affiliated to Jigsaw – a national child abuse prevention and advocacy organisation. We are an approved Child, Youth and Family Services provider; and registered with the Charities Commission (10475).

    Parent Help’s mission
    To support, educate and empower New Zealand parents to nurture their children and young people in a safe and positive environment.

    We work to achieve this by a number of different ways:
    One of the ways is by promoting positive parenting and enhancing family relationships through our parenting course “DIFFERENT APPROACH, DIFFERENT RESPONSE”.

    The course
    For the first time, our long standing course, will take place in the Hutt Valley. The course is for parents of challenging teens; however the parent defines that, even if it includes violence. A background of domestic violence might be better addressed in a different setting. It will be held at Pomare Medical Centre on Tuesday 21st April, 7-9pm for 8 weeks. The cost of it is $95 pp and $150 per couple. Subsidies may apply.

    Download registration form flyer.

  • Asthma education session

    Click image to download flyer


  • Cloud 9 coffee morning

    If you would like to come along and have a friendly chat with other parents walking the same road you find yourself on, you are most welcome. This would also be a good opportunity to browse through and borrow some library books.

    When: Thursday 19 March
    Time: 10.00am to 12.00 midday
    Place: Tawa Community Centre, Cambridge Street, Tawa

    If you feel like bringing a plate of eats, please do. Coffee and tea will be provided.
    Bill Murray
    Cloud 9 Children’s Foundation
    P O Box 51176 Tawa 5249
    Tel. (04) 232 4795

  • Strengthening families Newsletter

    Kia ora koutou

    Thank you for the great turn out at our joint network meeting last week at our new venue - Pomare Community Hall - to hear our inspirational key speaker Ross McCracken speaking about
    “Authorising Children and young people” - ensuring their voices are heard.
    His contact details are JTD Solutions Email

    Thank you to our other speaker - Kathryn Sullivan from Tautoko Services talking about their services Contact ph 233 0164.

    April 30 network speakers confirmed

    Jane Mills Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator Regional Public Health
    She is facilitating the development of the Wellington Regional Suicide Prevention Action Plan
    Attachment -Letter to stakeholders

    Robyn Armour will speak about Health Passports ( she sends her apologies for not being able to attend Feb network hui)

    In this newsletter

    · Two positions ICS MST team
    · Opportunity to train as Restorative Justice facilitator
    · Perinatal Mental Health NZ seminar - attachment
    · Skylight offer free facilitator training “WAVES” programme for those affected by suicide
    · New support group Upper Hutt for parents of children with any disability or health impairment
    · Free Dip in Adult Education TWOA see attachment

    Message from Ian Bishop team leader ICS team

    Two positions available in Intensive Clinical Services team offering Multi Systemic Therapy working with rangatahi / young people ( 10 – 14) and their families/ whanau around challenging behaviour
    Seeking registered health professionals
    Please check out normal NZ job seeking sites

    Information evening for those interested in becoming facilitators of restorative justice

    Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley (CLWHV) is the current provider of restorative justice services in the Hutt Valley, Porirua and Wellington District Courts.

    We would like to invite those interested in becoming Restorative Justice Facilitators (for standard and/or family violence referrals) to join us for a friendly information and Q&A session on Thursday the 12th March 2015.

    We’ll address common questions like:
    What sort of cases go to restorative justice? How can I be involved? How does it work? Is there training? How do I apply? What do you pay? What about RJ in family violence cases?


    Restorative justice is a process that brings together someone who has been harmed, and the person that caused that harm. It provides an opportunity for them to meet in a safe environment and talk about what happened, what the impacts of that have been, and how things might be “put right”. The process is victim-centred and completely voluntary for all parties.

    Currently CLWHV’s work in restorative justice is across standard and family violence charges in the district courts. Restorative Justice in cases of sexual offending is currently overseen by a national provider, Project Restore:

    · Kei hea? Community Law offices, Level 2, Community House, 84 Willis Street, Wgtn
    · Āhea? 6pm-7.15pm for general information
    · 7.30-8.30pm for further information exploring family violence facilitation specifically.
    · If you have a background in family violence we strongly encourage you to come to the first session also Thursday 12th March 2015
    · RSVP to by the Tuesday 10th March 2015
    You can learn more about restorative justice here:

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    The Restorative Justice team
    Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

    Registrations are being accepted for Perinatal Mental Health NZ Trust Seminar Wellington

    Of value to Social workers; Psychologists; Family &Community support workers; Health professionals; Psychotherapists; Counsellors; General Practitioners; Practice Nurses; HR professionals; Midwives
    8.30 am – 5 pm 13 March 2015
    Venue: St Andrews on the Terrace
    See attachment

    Free WAVES facilitator training for DHBs, PHOs, and other organisations

    Skylight offers a 2-day workshop to facilitators in your organisation to run the WAVES programme in your community.

    The Training will be provided by two Skylight Trainers. We encourage agencies to coordinate and combine for the WAVES training in their region/communities. The training is limited to eight participants and is free of charge.

    For further information contact Jenny McIntosh or look up our website

    The WAVES programme supports people (17 years and over) bereaved by suicide in their understanding and management of grief and development of resilience.

    New Parent to Parent and Autism NZ Upper Hutt Support Group

    For Parents/ Caregivers with children who have any disabilities or health impairments
    Please come & join us at our new Coffee Support Group
    starting on 20th March 10am – 12noon

    At Trentham Community House 71 Merton Street Trentham Upper Hutt

    Guest speaker is Carolyn Downer from Strengthening Families

    This group will be meeting every third Friday of the month except School holidays
    Drop in for as long or as short a time that suits you.
    Come & meet other parents of children with different abilities.
    Come & ask your questions, on issues you’re struggling with.

    Please bring a plate of food or a gold coin donation to help cover the tea/coffee/food.

    Children Welcome.

    Telephone: Shona or Sharyn 04 569 9398 email: or
    Telephone: Debbie Malneek 06 929 7004 email:

    Fees free 36 week class Diploma in Adult Education (Level 5) run from TWOA Porirua Campus. The pathway of study is attached 4 x 2-day noho, 4X 1 day wananga, Tuesday weekly tutorial & a component of online (moodle) activity.

    Information/ enrolment evening on the dates below from 6pm -9pm and I will be able to answer questions you may have. Please bring identification ( birth certificate/ marriage certificate/ passport) to enrol if interested. Please forward to any friends, whanau or networks you believe may be interested.

    Tuesday 3 March 6pm-9pm 3 Heriot Drive, Porirua
    Tuesday 10 March 6pm-9pm 3 Heriot Drive, Porirua

    Wednesday 4 March 6pm -9pm 16A Shakespeare Ave, Upper Hutt
    Wednesday 11 March 6pm-9pm 16A Shakespeare Ave, Upper Hutt

    Text or phone me on 0276 171745

    Alcohol and Drug Wellbeing Womens Support Group - to share with your families

    If you have experienced difficulties in the past or present with alcohol and drug misuse and would like some support then this group is for you. The aim of the group is to promote well-being at whatever stage an individual may be. Wellbeing can be achieved by education and therapy, along with going out to the community and enjoying experiences without the use of alcohol and drugs.
    “If you want something different you need to do something different.”
    Facilitator Bio:
    Janet Matehe is DAPAANZ Registered Alcohol and Drug Practitioner and Generic Counsellor. She recently finished level four in Te Reo and has a Certificate in Supervision. Janet comes from a recovery back ground and she has been in recovery for 10 years. She is passionate about her work and she lives and breathes recovery in her personal life. The underlying principles she work with are Tika (correct), Pono (honest) and Aroha (Love) and she practices these principles on a daily basis professionally and personally.
    "To understand a woman you must understand where she comes from”.
    This is a weekly support group on every Friday afternoon.
    When: Every Friday
    Time: 1 -2.30pm
    Where: Lower Hutt Women's Centre, 186 Knights Road, Waterloo. Lower Hutt

    Cost: No charge

    This is a weekly open group available to all women.

    Nga mihi

    Carolyn Downer Strengthening Families Coordinator Hutt Valley
    My new office base
    Supergrans Charitable Trust
    Level 2 Russell Keown House
    I Laings Road Lower Hutt

    P O Box 31112
    Lower Hutt 5040

    phone 049177153
    cell: 0296500174 Fax 04 5899049

  • Strengthening Families and Ahuru Mowai o te Awakairangi network hui 2015

    Dates for joint Strengthening Families and Ahuru Mowai o te Awakairangi network hui 2015.

    Feb 26 / April 30 / June 25 / Aug 27 / Oct 29

    All from 1pm – 2.30pm Please note new venue for all bi monthly joint network hui

    Pomare Community Hall next to Pomare Union Health Medical Centre.

    Please put these dates in your diary

    February 26th 2015 Confirmed speaker Ross McCracken social worker from Kapiti will share his thoughts on

    Validating the child/young person’s voice in assessment and intervention processes” which he had shared at an international conference in Australia

    Other speakers to be confirmed soon. I hope you are able to attend and listen to this very topical subject.

    Please read the attachment for further details

    Our second speaker is Robyn Armour from Disabilities Initiatives will be talking about Health Passports and Disability Alerts

  • The Power of Peer Mentoring – tools for coaching or mentoring groups

     Upper Hutt City Council in partnership with other organisations may offer a training session for community organisation called The Power of Peer Mentoring – tools for coaching or mentoring groups if Upper Hutt community groups are interested.

    Peer mentoring groups combine the benefits of one-to-one coaching with the power of peer-to-peer learning and make the most of what is probably the best learning resource an organisation has - its own people. The Power of Peer mentoring programme introduces participants to the concept of mentoring in groups and a powerful toolkit for leveraging learning in groups and teams. The training provides everything necessary for participants to run a peer mentoring group successfully for themselves as well as develops their skills to coach and mentor others.

    The New Zealand Coaching & Mentoring Centre (NZCMC) who will provide the training is a recognised leader in professional coaching and mentoring services. We work with organisations who want to be more strategic in how they use mentoring and coaching to enhance leadership and learning or to improve business results.

    The Council would like to know if your organisation is interested in attending this training, please register interest by emailing

    Please direct your registration of interest for the Peer Mentoring training course to Erica at UHCC by 9 March. This may be extended to LH agencies.

  • Building Awesome Whanau - Parenting toolbox course


    There will be more Toolbox courses coming up in term 2 across the greater Wellington region. Keep an eye out for an e-mail later this term for details, or check the Events Page of our website. If you have any queries please contact me on 934 8483.

    *Click the image to download flyer


  • Welcome back from Strengthening families

    Kia ora koutou

    Welcome back. I hope you have been able to have a restful break with recharged batteries ready to face the new year.

    A few notices to share with you

    Dates joint Strengthening Families and Ahuru Mowai o te Awakairangi network hui 2015

    Feb 26 / April 30 / June 25 / Aug 27 / Oct 29

    All from 1pm – 2.30pm New venue for all meetings

    Pomare Community Hall next to Pomare Union Health Medical Centre.

    Please put these dates in your diary

    February 26th 2015 Confirmed speaker Ross McCracken social worker from Kapiti will share his thoughts on

    Validating the child/young person’s voice in assessment and intervention processes” which he had shared at an international conference in Australia

    Other speakers to be confirmed soon

    I hope you are able to attend and listen to this very topical subject.

    Social Housing Waitlist name change to Social Housing Register

    The social housing waitlist is now called the social housing register.

    The name change more accurately describes how the process of applying for and being placed into social housing actually works. There is no consecutive ranked list for social housing applicants; rather the register is dynamic and always changing as people come on and off it.

    Each person on the register is given a priority rating based on their individual circumstances and the urgency of their housing need at the time of their application.

    However, people’s priority rating may increase or decrease if their circumstances change, or there are applications from people with greater or more urgent housing needs.

    People with the most urgent needs will be matched to a property first as opposed to the length of time they may have been on the register.

    How quickly people are matched to a property by a social housing provider also depends on the availability of a suitable property in the area they want to live.

    Attachments (click to download)

    • NET Circle of Security programme
    •  Job opportunities - click here to download both the job posting and job description
    • Family Therapy training Craig Whisker May 2015
    • Personal development workshop with horses
    • If you are interested in engaging in personal development using horses in ground based activities to assist you to:
      • Learn how to use emotion as information
      • Access a more authentic self and creative presence
      • Recognise and move beyond conditioned behaviors and thought patterns
      • Set boundaries to establish and maintain clear, consistent and safer personal space
      • Learn how to use the body scan to enable you to use the body as a sensory device
      • Allow horses to guide you in developing a deeper heartfelt connections
      • Develop essential skills for building an authentic community

    Then this workshop is for you. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Click here for more information about the workshop

    Nga mihi

    Carolyn Downer Strengthening Families Coordinator Hutt Valley
    My new office base
    Supergrans Charitable Trust
    Level 2 Russell Keown House
    I Laings Road Lower Hutt

    P O Box 31112
    Lower Hutt 5040

    phone 049177153
    cell: 0296500174 Fax 04 5899049

  • Lower Hutt Women's Centre Newsletter

    Click here to download latest newsletter from the Lower Hutt Women's Centre

    or visit the Lower Hutt Women's Centre website:

  • Rheumatic Fever awareness

    Many of you will be aware of – and working on – Better Public Services (BPS) targets announced in 2012.

    One of the Ministry of Health’s BPS goals is to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever by two-thirds to 1.4 cases per 100,000 people by 2017. The Ministry is working closely with other government agencies and community groups to achieve this target.

    A major rheumatic fever awareness campaign was launched on 1 May to support the rheumatic fever reduction goal. The campaign, which is being delivered by the Health Promotion Agency, uses national and regional communications channels targeting Pacific and Māori parents and caregivers of at-risk children and young people.

    It ramps up this weekend with the first flight of TV advertising during the All Blacks v England test match on Prime and on Sky Sport 2 during the Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs game. Air time has been booked on TVNZ, TV3, Prime, Sky, Choice and Māori Television until the end of August.

    Other campaign components include radio advertising (English, te reo Māori, Samoan and Tongan), online banners, print advertisements, online videos and posters for bus shelters and other outdoor settings.

    Can you help the Ministry and the Health Promotion Agency promote the campaign through your agency’s channels, including online activities or social media?

    You can view campaign resources that have been finalised and developed on the HPA webpage, 2014-campaign-materials-and-resources

    From Friday 6 June the Ministry of Health will begin using its Twitter account to promote rheumatic fever key messages, the TV advertising component of the campaign and other resources. Please re-Tweet!

    You can get our Tweets by going to Twitter and following us @minhealthnz
    You could also check-out our tweets on the Ministry’s media page.

    If you have any queries, please contact Marama Ellis (

  • Rheumatic Fever Prevention - FREE SERVICE

    UPDATE: The free service will not be available from Hutt Union Community Health Service (Petone or Pomare) as originally advised.

    Please see the updated list below for you to refer to.

    New service - free walk in sore throat treatment services available from 3 June 2014 

    Free sore throat treatment services will be available in the Hutt Valley to eligible children, youth and young adults from 3rd June 2014. This service is targeted at children, youth and young adults who are at High Risk of developing rheumatic fever in our community. This service has been introduced to help prevent the transmission of Group A streptococcal throat infections as part of the National Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme.

    Please note that this service differs to the one that Te Awakairangi Health Network currently provides through Silia. Silia follows up young people who have already had rheumatic fever and provides monthly Bicillin injections to them.

    Who can get the free service?

    These free services are available to people at High Risk of developing rheumatic fever. This High Risk group are:
    • Māori and Pacific children and young adults, aged from 4 to 19 who live in lower socioeconomic areas of the Hutt Valley or are living in crowded circumstances
    • Anyone with a family history of rheumatic fever, aged from 4 to 19, living in the Hutt Valley.
    A child or young adult with a sore throat that meets the High Risk criteria above can be considered for treatment under this free service if they also have:

    • A fever with a temperature of at least 38 C and
    • No cough and
    • No runny nose.

    What will the new service provide?

    Pharmacists at 3 Pharmacy sites, nurses at 5 GP sites as well as nurses at the After Hours Medical (Lower Hutt) will provide a free consultation and free antibiotic treatment as part of this walk in service. No appointment is required. A list of the service providers are listed below.

    A record of the treatment provided by the pharmacist or nurse will be sent to the patients usual GP.

    Can patients still go to their own doctor for sore throat treatment?

    (Refer to graph at top of article)

    Yes. People can choose to make an appointment with their usual GP if they or their child has a sore throat. We have asked practices to offer their own patients the choice of going to the free service for treatment (if they meet the eligibility criteria) or be seen by their usual GP but noting that their doctors’ usual fees and any prescription charges will apply.

    Information is going to all Hutt Valley general practices this week via the information bulletin/fax and to all Hutt Valley pharmacies via the community pharmacy email.

    We are also sending information to the following external agencies; Plunket, Te Runanganui O Tarankai Whanui – Tamariki Ora Well Child Health Services, Kai-ako Kohanga Reo, Waiwhetu Marae, Kokiri Marae and Kohanga Reo, Te Hono Ki Kokiri , Paparakau Te Kohanga Reo, Muturangi Hauroa Marae, Orongomai Marae and Kohanga Reo, Lavea’i Trust Inc, VIBE, HealthLine, HML, Regional Public Health and public health nurses, Pacific Wellbeing Collective, Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley and Te Puni Kokiri.

    Please spread the word as you work with relevant community groups and/or high risk individuals.

  • News from Upper Hutt City Council have a look at this tool and be part of creating healthier, safer

    The new community tool is a digital version of the 'How Can You Help' booklet from the 'Its Not Ok! campaign.
    It empowers citizens and community leaders to support people experiencing unhealthy relationships and the family violence.

    To view the How Can You Help? digital community tool please check out the Upper Hutt City Council website

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