Parents' Page

Whanau Group

The Arohanui Whanau Group is a group of Maori families who organise various activities at the school such as the twice year powhiri to welcome new families and staff, hangi for the extended Arohanui community, marae visits, etc. The group always welcomes new members so if you are interested in supporting the school in this way please contact the group coordinator, Juanita Corbett on or Shaki Padayatchi (DP) on phone the school office on 838 6696.


  • Support individuals and families living with ASD, who need active, personal assistance in a compassionate manner that helps them and their community including liaising with other agencies on their behalf.

  • Inform individuals, families professionals and the wider public about ASD via a variety of mediums including social media, website, newsletters and resources as well as distributing the latest information and research relating to ASD.

  • Educate individuals, families professionals and other interested parties about ASD, by providing a range of evidence-based, tailored courses that offer practical strategies, tools and information to manage effectively for the best outcomes.

  • Advocate for those with ASD by providing submissions on relevant legislation and providing comment on government policy relating to ASD and raising awareness of ASD to promote inclusive behaviours in society.

Anyone with a disability living in Auckland, under the age of 65yrs can self-refer to Taikura Trust for a free Needs Assessment whereby their eligibility for MOH funded supports is assessed and appropriate services may be co-ordinated.

Some examples of services:

  • Carer Support Subsidy

  • Respite Care (can now be accessed via Individualised Funding once entitled to this funding)

  • Home & Community Support Services (ie: Household Management and Personal Cares) Individualised Funding may be applicable to these two supports

  • Behaviour Management

  • Community Residential Support

  • Supported Independent Living

  • Equipment and Modification Services

The NZDSA promotes the interests of people with Down syndrome and their families by:

  • producing publications which provide information to new parents

  • publishing information that is accessible to families

  • publishing a quarterly newsletter

  • providing face-to-face support to new parents, through hospital and home visits

  • providing ongoing links between families

  • maintaining regional groups and networks

  • establishing and maintaining relationships with other disability organisations

  • responding to political and social issues by submissions to government bodies and through the media

  • initiating project that will have a direct benefit to people with Down syndrome and their families

  • presenting information programs to medical practitioners, students, educators, and community orgranisations, in order to enhance their interactions with people with Down syndrome

  • providing a communication and information base

  • maintaining links with Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federations and worldwide Down Syndrome Associations