Check Mate!

Thanks to our wonderful volunteer Walt at Stand Christchurch, we will very shortly have a chess board. The children await with eager anticipation!

Richard Parry
A letter from Remi

One of our teachers at the Northern village got this lovely letter from one of the tamariki on a recent intake

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You might not know that each of our villages has a complete school to work with the kids on their education when they're with us. This kind of letter makes it all worthwhile.

Richard Parry
Beautiful murals created by the Midland tamariki

The children from Midland’s Intake #1 (with a little bit of  help from the Therapeutic Care and Education team) have made these four beautiful, huge murals to brighten up our walls in the village. Aren’t they spectacular?


Richard Parry
What does a gym for kids need? Basketball hoops!

The Christchurch children's village has a fantastic internal gym space but was missing a crucial ingredient - basketball hoops! Thanks to those wonderful people at the Glenelg Trust we received funding to install some. 

The funding also enabled us to procure a height adjustable system which means the little ones have a fair shot too.

The kids are having a ball!

Richard Parry
A fashionable outcome from our YWiSS worker in Dargaville

With help from Stand Youth Worker in Seconday Schools services, funding and advocacy, students at Dargaville High School are now wearing Tupenu / Sulu va tonga/ Le Faitaga as part of their school uniform for both informal and formal use. 


 The school had included this as their part of new uniform going into 2018, but had yet to source the required garments. 


 YWiSS services enabled students to find a supplier, get the required garments approved, order them, and start wearing them to school. This created a diverse uniform option that has become popular for both Polynesian and non Polynesian students. 

Way to go Karla!


Richard Parry
Oprah "gets" the impact of Childhood Trauma

"I've done a lot of stories in my life time and I think this is the key" - Oprah



Oprah is doing a special on Childhood Trauma with CBS. Linked is an excerpt and interview about the show. Looks to be good watching and, with her influence, will certainly help spread the message of the long lasting impact of childhood Trauma.

Unfortunately geo-blocking seems to prevent access to the full video.

Richard Parry