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Trust Head Office:
PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0742 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren ™ Charitable Trust 2005

Any information on this site may not necessarily represent the views of the GRG Trust Board

Do you have any concerns or complaints about the Trust, please contact the Trust Secretary:

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0742 

Te Tautoko i ngā Tūpuna, Mātua, me te Whānau,
i roto i ngā mahi tiaki Mokopuna i ngā rā ō mua, ināianei,
me ngā rā kei te heke mai.

Supporting Grandparents/kin and grandchildren/kin children.
Our past, present and future.

Hot line: Free phone for carers only 0800 472 637 ext. 1 for GRG enquiries

GRG Office Manager Kelly on 09 4183753 for administration enquiries or to join up only if a toll call please us 0800 472 637 and press 2

Welcome to our Website:

Winner Mitre 10 Community of the Year 2013

We are a non-profit Charitable Trust, based in New Zealand, established to support Grandparents/kin who are raising Grandchildren/whanau children.

To be the leading Kinship Care agency in Aotearoa/New Zealand


To provide educational and support services that protects, preserves and promotes the well being and stability of children and their grandparents/kin carers in circumstances where they cannot be raised by their parent/s.





  • Provide support to grandparents/kin who are primary caregivers
  • Provide opportunity for grandchildren/kin to interact with others in the same situation
  • Raise awareness as to the role of the grandparents/kin in the primary caregiving role
  • Undertake research to establish the depth of grandparents/kin in the primary caregiver role in New Zealand and respond accordingly
  • Facilitate change in the legal and regulatory environment for children and caregivers

Di Vivian Members Support Manager and founding member at local GRG picnic

Our History

When in 1997, Diane Vivian took over the care of her small, traumatised grandchildren, she could not believe the stress she encountered.

Setting about to discover what help or support was available in 1999, she found there was none! She decided there must be many others in her position and put an ad in the paper. The phone did not stop ringing. A need had been identified. In consultation with Jill Nerheny, the Birkenhead /Northcote Community Co-ordinator, a support group was set up under the controller of the Community Facilities Trust. A public meeting was held and they knew they had a tiger by the tail. As the group grew they spent many months venting, weeping, sharing and building trust. The group set the objectives and a vision statement which now form the founding document and guiding principles of all the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Groups or Grandparents and Kincare Groups.

Today there are many support groups throughout the country, reaching from the Far North to Invercargill in the South. Membership grows daily. Groups actively lobby parliament, network with other communities and speak to many community organizations.

They strive to make a difference for all grand/kinchildren and grandparents/kin who care about them.

The organisation salutes all Grandparents/kin who have taken in Grand/kinchildren and put the needs of those precious ones before their own. You are indeed doing angels' work here on earth. Together we have made a difference in a child's life.

Di Founding member and Chair of GRG Trust NZ

Important News

Offical F/b page for us is

As of 22 September 2014 our new Office Manager is Kelly email: of telephone 09 418 3753


God's special gift to children
Who need a mother's love

Part Grandma and part angel
A treasure from above

Her heart is filled with anguish
Because of the children's loss

So now she shields their heartstrings
Protects them at all cost

God blesses all Grand-Mothers
Because He knows they care

And so they raise God's children
To live, to love, to share

So if you are "Grand"Mother
To grandchild, nephew or niece

The Lord will help and guide you
And give you an everlasting peace!
Louise Eagle © 2009

Hot off the press:

May 2015 special information on Extra ordinary Care Fund: Click here

ECF opens May 18th closes June 26th 2015

Please note that you can apply now even if you have applied in the past this is a 'new' funding year.

June 2015 Newsletter

Extra ordinary Care Fund detailed information in this newsletter. The downloadable application is now on Work & Incomes web site.

My Journey: A grand writes about how she became a GRG - Her journey traveled, a change of life plans, the struggles, tears and tantrums. The financial stress and finally success with the help of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ.

Challenges for families of GRG's raising children: An honest look at the many facets that emerge in our roles, written by Di in honour of you all.

She raises 3 ADHD grandchildren and life in the 'car' takes on different meanings.

ACC weekly compensation: Trish our GRG Field Officer would still like to hear from you if you are in receipt of these payments. (May newsletter)


Help when you are caring for someone else’s child 

Sweeping changes to Family Court procedures, for new changes please click here.

Variety sponsorship for grandchildren you are raising is still available, apply for applications forms now. Phone Variety for applications on 09 522 3742 Nicola is the one to talk to.. This is ongoing and it is not too late to apply. Sponor a NZ child is the application name to get your grandchildren registered to be the recipent in this programme.

Joining as a member is free of charge.

GRG Chair Diane Vivian was interviewed on NewstalkZB about the win. Click on the link below to hear Diane's interview

Click here to listen to the interview

GRG feature on Campbell Live. Click on the links to view this fantastic exposure for GRG

Our grandchildren speak

Embracing parenting for a second time

"Embracing parenting a second time"


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Feeling down or just overwhelmed? Listen to our talking books to left on main menu under Happy Stories; they will make you smile.

Kincarers of family children are welcome to join us. The same applies if you think you will be taking on children, we would rather you be informed before the event, please add the word potential.

Each and everyone one of you are New Zealand heroes, Oh yes you are, you have stopped your lives to hold the hand of a traumatized child/ren. You ARE our heroes.

Never shake a baby

YouTube "Never shake a baby" video featuring two of our grandparent members - courtesy of Starship Foundation.

Click on the link below to view the video:

Power to Protect - the link below will take you to the MSD Power To Protect site for valuable information and helpful on what to do if you think a baby has been shaken.



Caregivers are your grand/kin children under CYF care and protection?If so and you need assistance please phone 0508 227 377 you will be able to speak to a Social Worker if your regular one is not available