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Events & Workshops

Check Out Our Upcoming Events & Workshops.


WHEN: Thursday 7 March 10am
WHERE: Magical Bridge Playground in Claudelands
COST: Free

As Summer is in full swing, we thought a Playground Hangout was in order. This term in addition to the Cafe & Dads' Hangouts we are heading to the Magical Bridge Playground in Claudelands.

This Playground is for everyone, not just the kids.

All ages. All abilities. All welcome.

Come Hangout with us, morning tea and flasks of hot drinks will be provided.


WHEN: Friday 15 March 12.30pm
WHERE: Online, via Zoom
COST: Free

Come join us for some relaxed chat and for dads to support dads. Hopefully you can take a break from home or work (maybe a lunch break or smoko) to come connect with others.

Dad's hangouts are every second Friday of each month.

Use the button below for logging in to the event.


WHEN: Tuesday 4 April
TIME:  10am
WHERE: To be confirmed

Come join us for a Café Hangout. A great chance to take a break and connect with other families.
Bring your children along. The coffees are on us!

NOW & NEXT™ Online Workshop

WHEN: to be announced
WHERE: online via Zoom
COST: free

Lasting positive change for your child and family.

We all want our children to thrive, and you make the biggest difference as parents and carers. By building on our children’s strengths, we can help them to lead a good life. Now & Next™ is an award-winning program that makes that happen.

Now & Next™ is facilitated by trained parent peer workers with lived experience in raising a child with a disability or developmental delay. By learning through shared experience and connecting with other families, the program complements the therapists and professionals you work with, to deliver great outcomes.

Over the course of 8 weeks, you will learn how to set goals and reach them using a strength-based and family-centred approach.

In this programme you will learn how to:

  • Identify vision and set goals for your child, family and self, using our unique Pictability™  planning tool.

  • Use our Goal to Action strategy to achieve three goals during the programme.

  • Create positive relationships with professionals.

  • Increase your personal agency, well-being and family resilience.

REGISTER: using the button below
MORE INFO: contact programme organiser Eram Afroze

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP - Communication, Behaviour & Strategies

We are pleased to advise that we are able to offer a professional development workshop suitable for those working in early childhood settings - Communication, Behaviour & Strategies.

This workshop is suitable for staff supporting children with autism and any other children who are experiencing difficulty understanding language or following routines.

Workshops will be presented by Georgia Barnaby.

Georgia, has 15 years experience working in the disability sector in various roles (Outcomes Facilitator,  Parent Educator and Behaviour Specialist). She also has many years experience as a visual practitioner for PATH Plans and visually engaging goal setting processes, as well as running educational groups for families who have children with Autism (from early diagnosis to teenage years).


    Part 1:

    Part 2:

  • The function of behaviour

  • What to do about behaviour

  • How to guide behaviour

  • Supporting behaviour needs and adapting to changes

  • Use of visual strategies to support communication

Note:  It is recommended that both sessions are attended as content covered builds for the next.

WHEN: to be announced
WHERE:  Online. Details will be sent via email once payment is received.
COST: $115 per person
QUERIES: If you have any queries, please contact Victoria at or McKenzie Centre on 07 839 5357.
RSVP: Please RSVP your attendance by using the button below


WHEN: to be announced
TIME: 10am
WHERE: Punnet Cafe,
337 Newell Road, Tamahere,  Hamilton

Come join us for a Café Hangout.
A great chance to take a break and connect with other families.
Bring your children along. The coffees are on us!

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