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Maria Zoetebier

Maria Zoetebier – Lower Hutt

Our family came from The Netherlands to New Zealand in January 1993.

I have been raising my granddaughter from the age of 2 months – she is now.

It took 3 years to get additional guardianship. When I took her to playcentre where I read something about GRG and I found a place to go to their meetings. I loved being with other grandparents caring for their grandchildren.

Last year I became a Support Group Coordinator. In October we had our first GRG meeting. There were grandparents I already knew; it was great to see new people.

Sharing with each other was a great feeling that we were not on our alone. We all knew what it was to have good times and days that made it so difficult. I love being a Support Group Coordinator.

To find out more about the Lower Hutt Support Group, get in touch with our national office.

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