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I love the boys but the most enjoyable thing is I'm liking being with them.  These times are enjoyable as they grow into young men becoming more at ease with others and themselves!  Becoming more responsible to others around them is making both boys into nicer young men.  I believe if they get the support they need they will grow into men capable of being able to contribute to society."  GRG Member

Your lives have changed and so have the lives of your grandchildren.  As you rebuild your lives together remember it is often the simple things that makes all the difference promoting a positive and happy home for you all.

Through years of experience, these are the top tips from our founder Diane Vivian and many of our grandparent members:

  • Keep that routine going
  • Encourage new friends
  • Have fun together
  • Read as much as you can or Google
  • Watch the Grandparenting Toolbox DVDs
  • Share your problems or worries with others who understand/ what you are going through.  Pick up the phone and call our 0800 GRANDS helpline or contact your local GRG Support Coordinator or attend one of our SALT courses.
  • Get counselling if it is needed
  • Praise your grandchild and focus on their good behaviour to encourage more of the same
  • Attend parenting or caregiver courses to brush up on your understanding of child development and effective strategies for managing problem behaviour and encouraging good behaviour.
  • Don't sweat the small stuff!


Financially, life is a disaster and ill health makes me a disaster! This isn’t the life I would have chosen or the road I would have wished to travel. It’s not the dream I had, but I am amazed to see where I have come, where I am going, where I am from! My grandchild makes life so worth waking up for. So we walk this journey together and dream new dreams together. Together life will be different.” GRG Member

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About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



Contact us

Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

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