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We're the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand
Who we are - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Who We Are

For most grandparents, raising their grandchildren is the result of an unexpected and traumatic event that requires a significant readjustment to their lives and the lives of their grandchildren.

Founded in 1999 and established as a charitable trust in 2001, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand is a unique organisation that has a deep understanding of both the long-term benefits for grandchildren being raised by their grandparents and the challenges it can present.

Our Purpose

Our People

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren NZ is a community of people walking the same path, experiencing the same sorrow, joy and challenges that the role as grandparent and whānau caregiver brings.

These dedicated and committed Local GRG Support Coordinators are all volunteers experienced in the issues involved in raising grandchildren or someone else's child/tamariki.

Our People
Our People - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Supporting whānau with grandparents raising grandchildren

Supporting Whānau

GRG provides specialist support services to full time grandparent and other whānau care families - representing thousands of carers raising thousands children and young people in New Zealand.

These services are focused on strengthening and empowering grandparent and whānau care families so that they can raise resilient and healthy tamariki and rangatahi.

our mahi

Te Hei Māpuna

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ’s (GRG) Cultural Commitment

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ’s (GRG) Cultural Commitment In 2022, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren was gifted it’s Te Reo Māoriname 'Te Hei Māpuna' by Te Amohanga Rangihau (Amo). Amo, drawing on his academic credentials as a Te Reo Māori translator with a Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge, and on his deep personal connection to GRG rooted in his upbringing by his grandmother on the marae, chose'Te Hei Māpuna', meaning:

"An altruistic virtue embodying the intrinsic connection between grandparent and grandchild that is everlasting."

Te Hei Māpuna - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Te Hei Māpuna - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Amo highlighted Māpuna as something precious, and a term his grandmother affectionately used for him. The word also signifies "to well up", an emotional response often experienced when relaying to others, the experience of many Grandparents Raising Grandchildren whanau. The word "Hei" in the name is used to denote relationships in kinship terms, providing additional layers of meaning to our new Māori identity.

In 2024, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren have taken further steps to embrace te ao Māori, adoptingMe Tuku (to give) as its' Māori engagement strategy to help guide and build cultural awareness in all we do. Currently in its infancy, when the meaning of this tikanga is fully expressed, it will enable GRG to incorporate into its strategy, aspects of aroha (love), kaitiakitanga (collective responsibility), whanaungatanga (familial strength), mana (enhancement), koha atu koha mai (reciprocity), aumangea (resilience), ukaipōtanga (potential) and whakaute (respect).

Language Unveiled:

Exploring the Depth
of Māpuna and Hei

“Māpuna”(verb) to well up.

Ka tae ki Ahuahu I te Tonga mai o Kāwhia. I reira ka māpuna te aroha o te rangatira nei o Te Poihipi ki a Puhiwahine (TTR 1994:93). / They arrived at Ahuahu at the southern end of Kāwhia. There the love of the chief Te Poihipi welled up for Puhiwahine.

“Hei” Used with kinship terms to show relationships.

Hei mokopuna ahau mā rātou. / I am a grandchild to them.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

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Remember: If you need assistance to apply for this support, or you have tried and had difficulty applying for a benefit or been turned down, please contact us on 0800 GRANDS (0800 472 637) for a referral to one of our Advocates who can advise you on your particular circumstances.

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"The grandparents take on the care of their grandchildren because they believe it is best for them to be brought up within the family. But they do this while enduring huge personal sacrifice, stress and ongoing challenges - financially, physically and emotionally. Many of the children have special needs and suffer from psychological damage. The grandparents who take on these traumatized children need considerable help and support.

Our objectives are to help them by providing them with much needed support and information empowering them to provide a safe, nurturing and supported home environment that will also promote their ongoing well-being and development."

Diane Vivian, QSO Founder