Kia ora koutou katoa,

I hope you all enjoyed both Easter and the school holiday break. Let’s hope that this term is the beginning of a step towards normality. For those that have had Omicron in their household, I hope you have recovered well. I know for some the process might take longer than expected and you might need to take it easy for a bit longer than expected.

This month we will celebrate Mother’s Day. This may mean different things for our families as we juggle the emotional conflict that can sit with our tamariki, especially in the early childhood and school situations, where they often do projects around these events. Some schools approach this with a little more empathy and understanding around the diverse situations that are involved in “today’s families”. We can also use the A & E of our Therapeutic Parenting Model of PACE to make this more tolerable for our tamariki. I love the Aroha’s Way books that help us to understand how to work with these concepts. Aroha’s Way also have a lovely Facebook page ( ) that you might like to follow.

Denise Green
Upper South Regional Coordinator
03 929 6578 or 027 369 3333
Please diary in these dates for the support groups in our rohe/region, and look for the new training module available this term which will resonate for many of you.

Stay safe – Kia haumaru te noho



In the term coming up we will be delivering two new trainings:

Difficult Behaviours-Managing Confrontation and Intimidating Behaviours. This explores the reasons why tamariki can regularly be confrontational and why it’s important to step aside from that confrontation. This workshop also looks at the different ways of managing confrontation, so you don’t get pulled into it.

The second training workshop we are offering is an introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  This training increases knowledge and awareness to better understand FASD, a brain-based disability.  We look at how FASD affects tamariki in their ability to be able to respond or behave as we might want or expect them to. This programme also explores strategies for parenting and working with tamariki affected by FASD.

See dates and times, face to face or online in our calendar link

Support Groups


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Nelson Golf Club

Every second Friday (next group 6th May)

10am (earlier if you want to join them for breakfast)



Marlborough Grandies

Contact Kim 021811845



Date to be confirmed



Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month

Community House



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