Kia Ora Koutou,

My name is Sarah McDonald and I have the privilege of beginning as the new East Coast Regional Coordinator for Caring Families Aotearoa.  I am really excited to be working with such a passionate group of people and look forward to connecting with the many amazing caregivers spread throughout the Gisborne, East Coast, and Hawkes Bay Areas.

I have a background in Group Facilitation and Therapy, having worked with children, adolescents, adults, and whānau in areas of grief, trauma, relationships, parenting, and conflict resolution.  I have also worked in the areas of violence, alcohol/drug abuse, and more extensively in the areas of inappropriate sexualised behaviour and sexual abuse.

Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald
East Coast Regional Coordinator
027 204 6908

I am passionate about connecting people together to encourage one another and to share their experiences and knowledge. I look forward to our journey as we share, learn, and encourage one another.

At this stage, I don’t have an office, but my days of work are Wednesday – Friday, 9 am – 2.30 pm (20 hours a week).

“Whangai ka tupu

ka puawai 

That which is nurtured,

blossoms then grows”.

Kia Ora,

Sarah McDonald

The Foundations for Attachment programme is coming to the Hawkes Bay!

We are seeking expressions of interest from caregivers in the Hawkes Bay / Gisborne region to participate in the Foundations for Attachment Programme.

For more information on the Foundations for Attachment programme click the button below.

Places on this programme will be limited so be quick to register your interest by clicking the button below.


The NCTP training team will be back into the swing of things in February. We have exciting opportunities for you and will be kicking off the year with more online courses, as well as weekend and evening training options in Term 1. We hope to add Legal Information for Caregivers and Identity & Belonging to our online selection. We will also be offering our Keeping Memories and Understanding the National Care Standards courses online again.

Check out our training calendar below.

Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Caring Families Aotearoa you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Caring Families Aotearoa. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources.

Click the link below to join!

East Coast Support Closed Facebook Group