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       WESTGATE MEDICAL CENTRE
Family Doctors + A & M Clinic (ACC Accredited)
                  Staffed by permanent GPs
                  Member of Healthwest PHO
   WM C
                  X-Ray and Laboratory on premises   Mother’s
                    OPEN 7 DAYS
                 Weekdays 8am – 8pm
                                                     Day
           Weekends/Public Holidays 9am – 6pm        - tips for Dads
                                                     - outing ideas
                   Free under 6yrs
                  Weekdays 8am – 8pm
                                                     Easter
              Acute & chronic medical problems
                   Accidents and plastering
                                                        Baking
                    Corporate Health Care
               Child health and immunizations

                                                     How to:
            Minor surgery including mole removal
                      And vasectomies
               Orthopaedic and fracture clinic
           Weight management and asthma clinics      Write a wow CV
        Driving, immigration & employment medicals

           Appointments not essential
                                                     Special Report:
              New patients welcome
                     Tel 833 3134
                                                       Toddlers’ Day Out
                 www.wgmc.co.nz
                                                             Positive birth experiences and informed parenting in a community
                                                                    where parents are supported and highly valued in their role.
                            Car Seat Class
Want to know more about choosing a good car seat?

Come along to our informative car seat class to find out how to choose the best car
                  seat for your child, your car and your budget.


                                                                                                          Limited spaces!
                                                                                                          Enrol NOW and
                                                                                                             SAVE $50
                                                                                                    We offer:
                                                                                                       Fun and laughter
                                                                                                       Loads of interactive
                                                                                                       activities for 0-5 year
                                                                                                       olds
Our Safe2Go trained speaker will reveal the Top 10 car seat mistakes and what you can do to
                                                                                                       Effective settling and
avoid them. We will also cover how to choose a car seat to best suit your family and how to
                     ensure it is correctly fitted in your car and others.                             transition procedures
We will also show some of the latest research into keeping kids safe in cars, including why it is      Very affordable fees
best to keep your toddler rear facing as long as their car seat will allow and why it is best to
                keep children in a booster until 148cm tall or 12 years of age.                        Christian Environment
                                                                                                       Free nappies
             Special introductory price for members: $15 per couple
                                                                                                       Free formula for over 6-12 months old
                          Non-members: $10 per person.
                                                                                                       20 Hr ECE/ WINZ subsidies
                          Monday 11 April 2011, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
                                Kelston Community Centre,                                                   “Bring your child to us and we’ll do the rest.”
                       corner Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston.

                            Bookings are essential. To book email                                                       Call 836-2500 or
                       parented@westaucklandparents.org.nz or phone 837 8481.
                                                                                                                      email chai@bscc.co.nn
            This course is proudly provided by West Auckland Parents Centre

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                                                                                                                                                                                             Editors Note
                                                                                                                          In this Issue
                                                                                                                            Special Features
                                                                                                                                                                             Hi Mums and Dads,
                                                                                                                                                                             Welcome to the new look Tiny Talk. Our magazine
                                                                                                                   Mother’s Day                                              has recently undergone some changes and we
                                                                                                                   Dads: Celebrating the Super Mum in your life     30       hope to continue to make improvements and al-
                                                                                                                   Special places to go to celebrate Mum            34       ways welcome your feedback, compliments, com-
                                                                                                                                                                             ments and suggestions.
                                                                                                                   Toddler Day Out
                                                                                                                    Full report and raffle winners                  28       Easter is only a couple of weeks away, a time for
                                                                                                                                                                             some that has a religious significance, others it
                                                                                                                   How to:                                                   means time off work to spend time with our fam-
                                                                                                                                                                             ily, or it may mean it’s time to go back to the
                                                                                                                   Create a CV with the WOW factor                  38
                                                                                                                                                                             Chocoholics Anonymous meetings again. Whatever

                                                                                                                            Regular Features                                 your situation everyone will find this month’s rec-
                                                                                                                                                                             ipe irresistible, home made Hot Cross Buns and if
                                                                                                                                                                             your family is anything like mine the Hot Cross Buns
                                                                                                                   Contact Us                                       3
                                                                                                                                                                             will be eaten before they get a chance to cool off.
                                                                                                                   From the Chair                                   6        Mums, if the family is looking for ways to spoil you
                                                                                                                                                                             this year we have reviewed some special places
                                                                                                                   Parent Support                                   8
                                                                                                                                                                             they can take you to celebrate Mother’s Day.
                                                                                                                   Parent Education                                 10
                                                                                                                                                                             This year the gift I’m wanting does not have any
                                                                                                                   WAPC Volunteer of the Month                      12       monetary value, but is priceless. As Mums we give
                                                                                                                                                                             some much of our times to our families and rarely
                                                                                                                   Birthdays                                        15
                                                                                                                                                                             take time out for ourselves, so this year I’m asking
                                                                                                                   Welcome to our World                             16       for the gift of time, some Mummy time. Hopefully
                                                                                                                                                                             enough Mummy time for a girl’s night away before
                     Newsletter Contributions                                                                      Recipe of the Month: Hot Cross Buns
                                                                                                                   Volunteer Opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                    18
                                                                                                                                                                    22
                                                                                                                                                                             baby number 2 arrives in August.
                                                                                                                                                                             If time is something that you are able to give, why
We would love to hear from you with any contributions or requests for articles. Send your material or
requests by email to: newsletter@westaucklandparents.org.nz.                                                       Shopping                                    24 & 42       not think about volunteering with other like
                                                                                                                                                                             minded       mums
Should you wish to contribute to our Tiny Talk magazine June / July 2011, the deadline for copy is                 Hire it from us!                                 26
                                                                                                                                                                             (and dads) with
Wednesday 25th May 2011.                                                                                           Round the Coffee Cups                            32       West Auckland

                             Advertising Rates
                                                                                                                                                                             Parents       Cen-
                                                                                                                   Birth Story— Michelle’s Story                    36
                                                                                                                                                                             tre.      Whether
                                                                                                                   How you can help us                              43       you are able to
West Auckland Parents Centre is a entirely a volun-       Brochure Insert: We can include your flyer or bro-                                                                 give a couple of
                                                                                                                   Member discount scheme                           45
tary organisation run by parents for parents. Our         chure in our newsletter and Kiwi Parent Magazine                                                                   hours a week or
advertisers help us to produce this newsletter to over    mail-out for a cost of $100. Material must be for-       Tiny Talk contributions & advertising            46       if you are able to
200 families with children up to five years old in West   warded to the Distribution Centre by the deadline.                                                                 spare more then
Auckland, as well as midwives, other organisations
                                                          E-News: Our e-News goes out to over 500 members
                                                                                                                                Did you know…?                               we would love to
that support young families.                                                                                                                                                 hear from you.
                                                          each month. We can include your advertisement in            West Auckland Parents Centre is run
Tiny Talk advertising options:                            our e-News for $35 per issue.                            entirely by volunteers who put in hundreds                All the best,
Full Page                                                 Member Discount Scheme                                         of hours of their time each year.                   Debbie
    Outside back cover from $75
                                                          If you have a product or service you are able to offer
    Inside front or back cover from $70
                                                          at a continuous discount and would like to included in   COPYRIGHT - As the articles, recipes, stories etc. in this newsletter have been contributed, we are unable to
    Full inside page from $65
                                                          our Member Discount Scheme please contact us on          guarantee originality and therefore cannot be held liable.
Half Page from $35                                        using the above details.
                                                                                                                   Opinions and articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the policies of Parents Centres New Zealand
Quarter Page from $25                                     For more information or enquiry about availability       Inc or West Auckland Parents Centre. Advertising in this newsletter does not imply endorsement by Parents
                                                          please contact our Newsletter Advertising volunteer      Centres New Zealand Inc.
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                                           Contact Us                                                                       Member Discount Scheme
                                    West Auckland Parents Centre                                             West Auckland Parents Centre are proud to have the support of the following compa-
                 Ph. 837 8481 (answerphone) P O Box 83-192, Edmonton, Auckland 0652                          nies, who offer their products and services at special discounts exclusive to our mem-
                                   www.westaucklandparents.org.nz                                            bers.

                                            Committee Contacts                                               QUINTESSENCE—NATURAL                       HEALTH You deserve it!
Co-Presidents                              Nicole Snook &     president@westaucklandparents.org.nz           DISPENSARY                                        WATERHOLE SWIMMING CENTRE
                                           Eileen Joy                                                        For natural health ad-                                    Located in Parrs Park, Glen
Vice President                             Rebecca Lamb       info@westaucklandparents.org.nz                vice from qualified                                       Eden, the Waterhole offers
                                                                                                             professionals pop into                                    members a FREE Introduc-
Secretary                                  Vacant             info@westaucklandparents.org.nz                our shop and clinic in                                    tory lesson. Also, when book-
Treasurer                                  Can you help?      treasurer@westaucklandparents.org.nz           Titirangi Village, see our website, www.qhealth.co.nz,    ing your classes, enrol three
                                                                                                             or phone 817-1530. A free 100% pure essential oil for     family members and get the
Membership & Newsletter Distribution Co-   Renee Brens        membership@westaucklandparents.org.nz          WAPC members on purchases over $30.                       third free.      Contact their
ordinator
                                                                                                                                                                       office on 818 2312 to book your lessons.
Products Co-ordinator                      Amy Wagstaff       products@westaucklandparents.org.nz            TOYWORLD                    MEGASTORE,
Librarian                                                     librarian@westaucklandparents.org.nz           HENDERSON                                                 ALL ABOUT BUG-
                                           Nicola Mapletoft
Lending(Hireage) Co-ordinator                                 hire@westaucklandparents.org.nz                Toyworld is                                               GIES
Website Co-ordinator                       Ildi Wileman                                                      New       Zea-                                            Call us for great
                                                                                                             land’s largest                                            service and prices for
Baby Factory Liaison                       Dorothy Waide                                                     retail chain                                              all your     Mountain
Advocacy & Lobbying                        Eileen Joy         info@westaucklandparents.org.nz                of specialist                                             Buggy needs, mention you are a Parent centre mem-
                                                                                                             toy stores—with the biggest range of toys, games,         ber and ask us about our current special offers that
Grants & Fundraising Co-ordinator          Nicole Snook       fundraising@westaucklandparents.org.nz         puzzles, and indoor and outdoor activities available in   can be tailored to suit your individ-
Marketing/Events Co-ordinator              Vacant
                                                                                                             New Zealand. Located on the corner of Edsel Street        u a l            n e e d s .
                                                                                                             and Railside Avenue, the Henderson Megastore offers       www.allaboutbuggies.co.nz
Kits/Brochures Co-ordinator                Kate Allison                                                      WAPC members 10% off all products (some condi-
                                                                                                             tions may apply).
Marketing Database Statistics Collector    Ruth Murphy                                                                                                                 MY BLANKET
Venue Co-ordinator                         Alaina Healey
                                                                                                             GENTLY DOES IT                                        Personalised blankets in a range of
                                                                                                                                                                   d e s i g n s ,          f a b r i c s        a n d
Volunteer Admin Co-ordinator               Can you help?                                                     Visit www.gentlydoesit.co.nz for down-to-earth c o l o u r s .       Check      out      the    website:
Childbirth Education Convenor              Rebecca Lamb                                                      practical pregnancy, birth and parenting information, www.myblanket.co.nz. A 10% discount is available for
                                                                                                             as well as gentle, safe products for babies, pregnant our members. Call the WAPC answerphone on
Childbirth Education Bookings              Anna Edlington     antenatal@westaucklandparents.org.nz           women, and breastfeeding                              837 8481 to request an order form.
                                                                                                             mums. WAPC members are
Baby & You Course Co-ordinator             Can you help?      babyandyou@westaucklandparents.org.nz
                                                                                                             offered a 10% discount on
CPR/Choking Course Co-ordinator            Michele Leong      cpr@westaucklandparents.org.nz                 orders over $50 (enter                                PEPSICLES
                                                                                                             wstakpc09 coupon code at                              Pepsicles offers home
Moving & Munching Course                   Anne Weir          movingandmunching@westaucklandparents.org.nz
Co-ordinator
                                                                                                             the     checkout).      Email:                        help for the first few
                                                                                                             info@gentlydoesit.co.nz.                              weeks after baby is born.
12 Months & Over Course                    Can you help?                                                                                                           We also have newborn
Co-ordinator                                                                                                                                                       nappy hire kits available containing popular modern
Newsletter Editorial & Advertising Team    Debbie Allan       newsletter@westaucklandparents.org.nz          NAIL D-ZYNES                                          cloth nappies. We offer free postage on our nappy
                                           Rochelle Glover    advertising@westaucklandparents.org.nz                                                               hire kits for WAPC    members or free postage when
                                                                                                             Treat yourself to a manicure in your home! Save $5
                                                                                                                                                                   buying these modern cloth nappies through us. See
                                                                                                             on a standard manicure and $10 on a deluxe
E-News Editor                              Asta Lott          update@westaucklandparents.org.nz                                                                    our website for more details and to book:
                                                                                                             manicure, just by being a member. Phone Jan at Nail
                                                                                                                                                                   www.pepsicles.co.nz or email Nathalie on
Social Media Co-ordinator                  Eileen Joy                                                        D-zynes on 818 9126 and set up an appointment.
                                                                                                                                                                   info@pepsicles.co.nz.


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                                 From the Chair                                                                                           How You Can Help Us
By Nicole Snook                                                                                                  WAPC wants to build a community house where the journey from expectant parent to new parent can be
                                                                                                                 celebrated and cherished. Where we can hold more courses, store resources, offer playgroups and do more
All of our hearts go out to the residents of Christ-    West Auckland                                            than we currently do. Here are some simple ways that you can help us to realise our dream...
church and their families in this tragic time. Please   Parents Centre
show your support and donate to the people of           would cease to
Christchurch via the Red Cross where all funds will be  run and we
                                                                                                                 Sleep Store                                                Advertise with WAPC
given to those affected at www.redcross.org.nz/         would not be                                             Shop at the extremely popular and well respected           How about having your business advertise in our
donate, in person at any branch of PostShop Kiwi-       able to make                                             Sleep Store and help us at the same time. If you click     newsletter or sponsor our e-News? If you are inter-
bank, ASB, ANZ, BNZ, National and TSB Bank or even      further    im-                                           on The Sleep Store link from our website,                  e s t e d ,        p l e a s e         e m a i l
by text message to 4419 to donate $3 (all mobile        provements to                                            www.westaucklandparents.org.nz and subsequently            info@westaucklandparents.org.nz.
network providers in NZ).                               our     centre.                                          make a purchase, 5% of your sale will go towards our
                                                        So….a     huge                                           house building account                                     Donating Goods
 Mother’s Day, the one day of theyear where it’s all
                                                                                                                                                                            Is your business able to donate products or services
about all us mums and celebrating how fantastic we thanks to:                                                    Hire from WAPC
all are! I’m looking forward to a nice sleep in, break- The Lion Foun-                                                                                                      that can be used in a raffle?
fast in bed and relaxing day with my boys, hint hint dation for $6,000 towards the purchase of some              Hire one of our TENS machines or exersaucers, or our
                                                                                                                 Natures Sway Baby Hammock. See the hirage page in Payroll Giving
hubby! In this issue we have shared our experiences laptops, model pelvises, our newsletter printing costs
of a few local places where you might like to spend and venue hire for our committee meetings;                   this newsletter for details of our products for hire. Did you know that you can give to West Auckland
your mother’s day relaxing with your family. Check                                                                                                                     Parents Centre via Payroll Giving?
                                                        The Trusts Charitable Foundation for $8,016.33 for       Buy from WAPC
out page [x] for the lowdown on where to go.                                                                                                                                Payroll giving, where offered by your employer, gives
                                                        venue hire for our classes, presentation folders, a      Check out the Products page on our website or in this      you the opportunity to donate to approved donor
Mother’s Day is a great time for reflection on being a data projector, preparing for birth booklets and West     newsletter. Our products are competitively priced          organisations direct from your pay and receive imme-
mum and how it’s just as important to look after Auckland Parents Centre brochures;                              and we only stock the best. Best of all, all the profits   diate tax credits that reduce your PAYE payable. West
yourself and find ‘mummy time’. Whether this be                                                                  go back to us.                                             Auckland Parents Centre is an approved charity and is
going out and getting your nails done or simply sitting Harcourts Foundation for $1,560 for costs associated
                                                                                                                                                                            listed with the Inland Revenue as an organisation you
down with a cuppa and a good magazine (such as with our Moving and Munching classes;                             Stuck on You.Biz
                                                                                                                                                                            can give part of your pay to. You don't need to wait
Tiny Talk!), it’s important to remember that you need WCC Community Well-being for $1,000 for the pur-           If you need labels for your littlie’s things, then check until the end of the year to claim your tax credit for
t i m e                  a s          w e l l . chase of our own printer;                                        out www.stuckonyou.biz. They have a fabulous your donation - it will happen automatically. You can
Also in this issue, I want to make special mention of                                                            range of labels, and if you list us as a referrer at point offer as much or as little as you like, but the best part
our funders. Running a centre the size of ours is no COGS for $2,058.50 for our e-newsletter costs, tele-        of payment, we get a small percentage of the sale.         is that you will be supporting a fantastic organisation
mean feat and our costs greatly outweigh our in- phone line, website hosting fees, yellow pages adver-
                                                                                                                                                                            in your community! Talk to your payroll staff now.
come. Without the help of generous corporations, tising and our insurance costs; and                             Fishpond
                                                         ASB Community Trust for $6,350 for costs associated     Buying books, DVDs or music? Go to Your Fast Shop
                                                         with our Parenting with Purpose and Magic Moments       www.westaucklandparents.org.nz, click on the Fish-
                                                         classes.                                                pond link, then make your purchases as usual. We DO ALL YOUR SHOPPING FROM HOME AT
                                                         Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for these       get a small percentage of every sale made from our WWW.YOURFASTSHOP.CO.NZ AND HAVE MORE
                                                                                                                 referrals.                                         TIME RELAXING
                                                         funds for 2010/2011.
                                                                                                                                                                            Over 50 online stores and all shopping raises money
    Are you on Facebook? then join our group             You may also notice that Tiny Talk has had a revamp.    Give A Little.co.nz
                                                                                                                                                                            for West Auckland Parents Centre
      www.facebook.com/WestAuckPC                        Big thanks to our editors Debbie Allan and Rochelle     Go to www.givealittle.co.nz, select ‘West Auckland
                                                         Glover for the fantastic job! We hope you like the      Parents Centre’ and make a donation to our cause -                     Food from Dominos Pizza.
               Check us out online!
                                                         new look!                                               remember donations are tax deductible.                                 Books from online bookstores, The Nile
      www.westaucklandparents.org.nz                     Remember too that we are always on the lookout for                                                                             and Fishpond.
We have relaunched our website with a brand new          fantastic people of the West Auckland community to
                                                                                                                 Birthday Party Kit
                                                                                                                                                                                     FREE DVD rental offer from Fatso.
look , with updated information on upcoming              help our centre. Although it is hard to believe, West   Hire our Birthday Party Kit for your littlie’s birthday
courses, products for sale.                                                                                      party. Two wee tables (and a third for a bit extra if               iPods, iPhones and laptops from Apple.
                                                         Auckland Parents Centre is run all by volunteers. So
                                                         whether you can help a little or a lot, we would love   you need it), eight small chairs and a bubble ma-                   Toys from IQ Toys.
                     e-news
                                                         to hear from you.                                       chine!!                                                             Gifts, prizes and lots more !
Join our e-news to receive our latest news straight                                                              Email hire@westaucklandparents.org.nz for info.         Just go to www.yourfastshop.co.nz and select West
      to your inbox. To subscribe email us at:           Nicole xxx                                                                                                      Auckland Parents Centre for great discounts and
       update@westaucklandparents.org.nz
                                                                                                                                                                         online offers.


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                     Shopping continued from page 25
To   order   any    of   our     products    and    for    further   information,       please           email
                                                                                                                                       A Note of Thanks
products@westaucklandparents.org.nz or phone 021 731 599. See our website for further details.                   West Auckland Parents Centre relies upon the generous support of philanthropic or-
                                                                                                                 ganisations in the community. We take this opportunity to thank the following or-
 The NZ Pregnancy Book                                     Wheat Packs                                           ganisation for their support.
 by Sue Pullon and Cheryl Benn. Retail price $54.95        Lavender scented and ideal for labour. Use hot or
 Members price $51.00.                                     cold. Removable and washable cover. Members
                                                           Price $12.
 Dri Cot
  900mmx700mm - Dri Cots have been used and                Baby Food and Beyond
 recommended by generations of Mums for keep-              An essential cookbook for parents by Simon and
 ing the mattress in good condition. Made from             Alison Holst in association with Watties. Retail
 100% NZ Wool, they are fully breathable and help          price $17.99 Members price $11.
 keep any moisture away from baby. They are
 machine washable and they dry in no time. Use in          Kimberly Collection Blankets
 the cot, or fold in half to fit the bassinet or Moses     Cot Size: 110x150cm, Satin Bounding available in
 Basket. Retails price $50.00Members price $47.            four beautiful colours: Ivory, Cinnamon, Sky, Pink.
                                                           Pure New Zealand wool cellular weave blankets
 Amber Bead Baby Necklaces                                 are especially good for babies. They are light and
 Provides traditional homeopathic relief from the          allow for freedom of movement. Perfect all year
 pain of teething. When worn, the necklace re-             round, dry and comfortable all the time. Machine
 leases ethereal oils that soothe teething symp-           washable in cold water or dry-cleanable. Retail
 toms. Suitable from 3-4 months onwards. Retail            $69. Members price $66.
 price $40 Members price $36.


                              Natures Sway Products                                                                                                                    Parents Centre
Hammock                                                   Hammock Door Clamp                                                                                             New Zealand
Comes with ceiling hooks, chain and clips, wool mat- Hang your hammock from a door frame—New Zea-
                                                                                                                                                            Parent Centre delighted to advise that they have
tress, cotton sheet and carry bag. Retail price $219. land made with a cream-coloured powder finish.
                                                                                                                                                            received notification from Sovereign Sunshine that
Members price $205                                    Suitable for up to a 15kg load. Retail price $20. Mem-
                                                                                                                                                            Parents Centres will receive $2,300 as a result of all
                                                      bers price $18
Hammock Organics                                                                                                                                            the votes through their website during the month
As above, however, all fabric parts made from 55% Mosquito Net                                                                                              of February.
hemp/ 45% organic cotton. Retail price $289. Mem- Specially designed mosquito net fits over the wooden                                                      This was an amazing effort on the part of you the
bers price $260                                     beams of your Natures Sway baby hammock to keep                                                         volunteers, our members and all of our supporters!
                                                    baby free of mosquitoes for an undisturbed sleep.
Hammock and Stand                                   100% cotton gauze with gold satin edging. Retail price                                                  Both Christchurch and Christchurch South Parents
Comes complete with wooden beams, wool mattress, $15. Members price $13                                                                                     Centres will each receive $1,300 as a donation to
sheet, spring and the four-legged stand and ham-                                                                                                            their Centre. Christchurch Parents Centre has sus-
mock. This is one of the most compact portable baby Natures Sway Sheets                                                                                     tained considerable damage to their Centre rooms
beds on the market. Retail price regular $329 or Soft cotton sheets to fit your baby hammock. Avail-                                                        which may mean they have lost everything. This
Organics $399. Members price Regular $299 or Or- able in brushed cotton or organic cotton.                                                                  contribution will go some way to supporting them
ganics $365                                                                                                                                                 financially.
                                                    Discounted price for members
Baby Hammock Stand                                           Brushed Cotton: Fitted bottom sheet $8 top
                                                             sheet $10, or set for $18.
This classic four-legged hammock stand has been
                                                             Organic Cotton: Fitted bottom sheet $14, top
recently redesigned to be smaller and lighter to trans-
                                                             sheet $23, or set for $34.
port. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Retail price
$175. Members price $160


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          Parent Support

           Support Services                                                                                         BUSINESS
                                                                 Dial-a-Mum
Healthline (24 hours)                                                                                          OPPORTUNITY
                 0800 611 166                     West Auckland Parents Centre have a wonderful
                 www.healthline.co.nz             team of people who are a good source of information
                                                  for many common and not so common pregnancy
La Leache League (Breastfeeding)                                                                              Mum and Dad, a great part-time
                                                  and parenting. This is a free and confidential service.
                Adith 834 1234 or                                                                              business opportunity for you.
                                                  Our support people have information on organisa-
                Jessica 832 1234
                                                  tions that can help if we are unable to.
                www.lalecheleague.org.nz
                see page 29 for further details   Breastfeeding— Rebecca Lamb
                                                                    834 8729                                For just 5-15 Hours a Week you may
National Poisons Centre
                0800 POISON (0800 764 744)        Bottle Feeding—Nicola Mapletoft                           earn up to $500-$5000 each month
                www.poison.co.nz                                 832 5353                                        (depending on your effort).
Miscarriage Support Auckland                      Post Natal Distress—Eileen Joy
                378 4060                                           818 8845
                www.miscarriagesupport.org.nz     Miscarriage—Nicole Mapletoft                               WORK FROM HOME AND CHOOSE
Parent to Parent Special Needs Children Support                  823 5353                                         YOUR OWN HOURS!
                 0508 236 236
                                                  Caesarean—Charlotte Whiter
                 www.parent2parent.org.nz
                                                                412 7729
Plunket
                                                  Homebirth—Eileen Joy
                 838 0981
                                                                818 8845
Plunket Car Seat (Waitemata)                                                                                  Opportunity for people with high
                 837 1871                         If you have any other queries or need advice or help
                 Woodford Avenue, Henderson       with any other issue please leave your details on our       integrity, enjoy meeting people,
                                                  answerphone 837 8481, for one of our committee              want to make a difference in your
Plunket Family Centre                             members to contact you.
                836 5730                                                                                         lifestyle, highly motivated,
                Woodford Avenue, Henderson                                                                  enthusiastic then this may be for you.
Womens Refuge                                     Playcentres
                 8361987                                           8278649
                 www.womensrefuge.org.nz          Citizens Advice Bureau                                         FREE and FULL TRAINING
Trauma & Birth Stress Support Group                                Glen Eden           818 8634
                575 7404                                           Henderson           836 4118                          PROVIDED
                www.tabs.org.nz                                    Massey              833 5775
Post Natal Distress                                                New Lynn            827 4731
                 846 6967                                          www.cab.org.nz
                                                                                                            This opportunity is limited to people
                 www.postnataldistress.org.nz     Asthma New Zealand                                         who are coachable and want to be
Work & Income (WINZ)                                            630 2293
                                                                www.asthma-nz.org.nz                                     wealthy.
               0800 559 009
               www.workandincome.govt.nz          Immunisation Advisory Centre
Working for Families                                             377 7966
               0800 257 477                                      www.immune.org.nz
               www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz     Allergy New Zealand
                                                                                                             If this is you then register for more
Waitakere Hospital Breastfeeding Classes                          0800 34 0800
                                                                  www.allergy.org.nz                                     information visit
                Adith 838 9362 or
                Barbara 838 1566                  Childcare Advisory                                            www.money4future.co.nz
Parent Aid                                                         www.childcareadvisor.co.nz
                 836 4122


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                                                                                  What’s On
                                    1st April                                                        14th May
                                                Slingbabies—find out how to wear your                        Cloth Nappy Know-How Class from
                                                baby. From 10am to 12pm Sturges West                         12.30pm to 2pm at the Cloth Nappy Educa-
                                                Community House, 58 Summerland Dr,                           tion Centre, 601 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu
                                                Henderson. For more information see                          Peninsula. To book phone Auckland Council
                                                www.slingbabies.co.nz.                                       839 0400.
                                                                                                     16th May
                                    9th April
                                                Cloth Nappy Know-How Class from                              West Auckland ADHD & ASD Support
                                                12.30pm to 2pm at the Cloth Nappy Educa-                     Group, 7.30pm to 9.30pm Ignite Waitak-
                                                                                                             ere, 184 Lincoln Road, Henderson. Any
                                                tion Centre, 601 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu
                                                Peninsula. To book phone Auckland Council                    enquiries phone Sue on 834 9559 or Trisha
                                                839 0400.                                                    626 4011.
                                                                                                     18th May
                                    12th April                                                               West Auckland Parents Centre Committee
                                             La Leche League monthly meeting, Kelston                        Meeting, see page 22 for details.
                                             Community Centre, from 9.45 see page 29
                                             for details.

                                    20th April                                                                      Post Natal Distress
                                             West Auckland Parents Centre Committee                               Support Group Meeting
                                             Meeting, see page 22 for details.
                                                                                                     Every Tuesday 10am—12noon at Waitakere
                                    18th April                                                       Women's Centre, corner McLeod & Te Atatu Roads,
                                             West Auckland ADHD & ASD Support                        Te Atatu. Free, no referral or booking needed. Free
                                             Group, 7.30pm to 9.30pm Ignite Waitak-                  crèche available from 9.45am. For more info phone
                                             ere, 184 Lincoln Road, Henderson. Any                   836 6967 or go to www.postnataldistrsss.org.nz.
                                             enquiries phone Sue on 834 9559 or Trisha
                                             626 4011.                                                                          AGM
                                    26th April                                                          Come along to West Auckland Parents Centre's
                                             La Leche League Kelston Coffee Morning.                             Annual General Meeting
                                             Please call Adith on 838 9362 for venue.

                                    6th May                                                                        Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
                                                Slingbabies—find out how to wear your
                                                                                                                         from 7:30-9:30pm
                                                baby. From 10am to 12.00pm Sturges West
                                                Community House, 58 Summerland Dr,                              at the Kelston Community Centre
                                                Henderson. For more information see
                                                www.slingbabies.co.nz.
                                                                                                      No pressure intro to West Auckland Parents Centre
                                    10th May                                                          for those of you who are even slightly interested in
                                            La Leche League monthly meeting, Kelston                                     volunteering!
                                            Community Centre, from 9.45 see page 29
                                            for further details.
                                                                                                           For more information please email
                                                                                                           info@westaucklandparents.org.nz

                                      Please note: details correct at time of writing, but may be subject to change. To advertise your baby, parenting or family
                                                               related event, email details to newsletter@westaucklandparents.org.nz.

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      Parent Education                                                                                         tance of transferrable skills you can list these under Interests
                                                                                                               your skills section on your CV. Always ensure that the

                           Parenting Classes
                                                                                                                                                                      Keep your interests short and sweet and think about
                                                                                                               skills you list on your CV reflect what the advertise-
                                                                                                                                                                      what you list before you list anything as this will give
                                                                                                               ment is listing and you have actual examples of times
                                                                                                                                                                      the employer some insight into what you are like as a
                                                                                                               where you have used these skills in the workplace.
                                                                                                                                                                      person.

        In the Community                                  West Auckland Parents                                Employment History
                                                                                                               For those of you that have extensive work experience
                                                             Centre Classes                                    it is probably best to focus on the past 10 years of      References
Parenting Trust
                                                                                                               employment - 15 at the most. There are various            We generally recommend for people to list
Being the parent you want to be. Even the best          Gain new skills and confidence by attending one        styles of CVs you can use depending on your personal      “references available upon request”. We will go into
parents and caregivers get angry sometimes.                        of our parenting courses.                   circumstances. We will focus on a chronological CV        greater detail about why we suggest this when we
We believe parent is one of the most difficult tasks                                                           for the purpose of this exercise. This style of CV fo-    focus on reference checking and providing referees to
anyone is ever like to be asked to perform. Most         Please note that due to limited numbers, book-        cuses on your experience from the current date and        potential employers.
parents do the best they can for their children, but      ings for these courses are essential. To avoid       works backwards in chronological order to 10-15
                                                                                                               years of history. If you do not want to leave out roles   Remember to try and keep your CV at a maximum
few do so without experiencing stressful and any         disappointment, please book your place early.                                                                   length of 4 pages to ensure you do not lose the inter-
time along the way. We are for children by focus-       For information or bookings, please leave a mes-       from more than 15 years ago then we suggest you
                                                                                                               bullet point these as opposed to using the layout we      est of a potential employer.
ing care of parents. When the parent-child rela-                    sage on 837 8481 or email
tionship is strengthened, parents can provide loving                                                           suggest below to keep your CV between 3-4 pages.
                                                             parented@westaucklandparents.org.nz.
and confident nurturing of children.                                                                           Information relevant in this section is:
Information on programmes available can be found
                                                                                                                 Name of Company
at www.parenttrust.org.nz
                                                                                                                                                                                            Next course in July.
                                                                                                                 Title of role - if you have had promotions over the
LIFEWISE Family Services                                          Baby and You                                   years in the same company be sure to list them to                          Two fun and informative
Tool Box parenting courses                             Baby and You is a four-part daytime course covering       show your advancement.                                                     evening sessions for parents
Parenting through separation                           essentials for parents in the ‘fourth trimes-                                                                                        of babies aged 9-15 months.
                                                       ter’ (newborn to 4 months), sessions include sleep-       Dates of Employment                                                        See page 11 for details.
For information phone 818 6834
                                                       ing & settling, life changes, baby massage and child
                                                                                                                 Responsibilities - bullet point these to ensure they
Family Works                                           development. It’s designed to help you understand
                                                                                                                 stand out and do not get lost in the body of your
                                                                                                                                                                                 Did you give birth at
The Incredible years                                   and cope with your role as a new parent, or to
                                                                                                                 CV. This is where buzz words are recommended to
                                                       refresh your skills if you’re doing it for the second
Strengthening step families                                                                                      use - see our article on our website.
                                                       (or more!) time around. Each week we have a dif-
For information phone 8351288                          ferent expert speaker to pass on knowledge and
                                                       ideas, and take your questions.
                                                                                                                 Key Achievements - think of one or two achieve-               Waitakere Hospital ?
SPACE                                                                                                            ments while you were in that role and list the
                                                       Upcoming Sessions:                                        actual impact you made in the business because of          Waitakere Maternity Unit values feedback about
The SPACE programme is for (mainly) first time                                                                                                                              the service they offer to the women and families
                                                                                                                 these achievements.
parents with newborn babies. Sessions run weekly       Monday May 2 for 4 weeks                                                                                                            in our community.
at a Playcentre or suitable community venue, for 3-                                                            If you have been in a number of temp or contract
4 terms extending through the first year of the        June 10 for 2 weeks on Friday & Monday mornings.        roles then be sure to categorise them appropriately
child's life.                                          10am to 12 noon at Kelston Community Centre             to avoid any misunderstandings.                              Sue Fitzgerald, Community Manager, and Helen
                                                       Cost:                                                                                                                Ngatai, Facility Manager, would be very open to
The sessions are held in a relaxed and baby friendly
                                                                                                               Education History                                           any invitations to visit groups of women who have
environment. SPACE provides a quality curriculum       Free with Childbirth Education & Early Parenting        This again needs to be listed in chronological order        birthed at Waitakere Hospital and who would like
in order that the parent may maximise on the valu-
                                                       Education package.                                      and can include night school, training courses your               to give feedback on their experiences.
able time with their child.
                                                       Members:          $40, support person free              employer has put you through, a St John’s course, a              Sue and Helen can be contacted by email:
For information phone 827 8649 or email
                                                                                                               degree, and your schooling (if it does not go back too
space@aucklandplaycentres.org.nz                       Non members:      $50, support person $15                                                                                 sue.fitzgerald@waitematadhb.govt.nz
                                                                                                               far). Information relevant in this section is:
                                                                                                                                                                                  helen.ngatai@waitematadhb.govt.nz
                                                                                                                 Name of training provider
     Had a baby, or changed your
                                                                                                                                                                             or phone Maternity reception on 837 6609 and
              address?                                            CPR and Choking                                Title of course                                                            leave your contact
  Please email your new details to us at:              Know what to do in an emergency! This Saturday                                                                              details for them to give you a ring.
                                                                                                                 Dates of training
                                                       morning course is designed to give you hands on
 membership@westaucklandparents.org.nz

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        Creating an Effective CV with the
                                                                                                                           experience in CPR and choking skills. An essential 7pm - 9pm at New Lynn Community Centre
                                                                                                                           class for all parents and caregivers of children under
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cost:
                                                                                                                           five, led by a qualified, experienced paramedic.


                  WOW Factor
                                                                                                                                                                                  Members:            $25, support person free
                                                                                                                           Upcoming Sessions:
                                                                                                                                                                                  Non-members:        $30, support person $10
                                                                                                                           Saturday April 16

 By Tanya Gray of Recruit NZ                                                                                               Saturday May 14
                                                                                                                           Saturday June 11
First impressions count. Your CV promotes you as a              Entitlement to work in NZ status - if applicable
brand and it’s essential to get it right. Within 30 sec-                                                                   10am -12pm at Kelston Community Centre                                 Terrific Toddlers
onds of reading your CV someone will form thoughts              Information that is not required in this section that      Cost: FREE with Childbirth Education & Early Parent- This two-part evening course covers play and devel-
of you as a brand. Yes that’s right - 30 seconds is             is often contained:                                        ing Education package.                               opment for busy toddlers, and essentials for facing
generally the amount of time a recruiter or potential                                                                                                                           the challenge of independent toileting.
employer will spend skim reading your CV to decide if           Age, religion, marital status, family information          Members:         $20, support person $10
they would like to telephone screen you. Not only do                                                                                                                            Upcoming Sessions:
                                                              Career Objective                                             Non members: $30, support person $15
you have to ensure your CV is laid out in the most                                                                                                                              Two Night Course June 13 & 20, 7pm - 9pm at New
appropriate style based on your experience, you have          Many CVs we see have no career objective on them.                                                                 Lynn Community Centre
to be mindful of the key information this person is           If you were employing staff don’t you think you
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost:
looking for when they spend that crucial 30 seconds           would like to know what their career aspirations are?
                                                              A career objective outlines the role you seek and can                                                                 Members:          $25, support person free
viewing it. If you are sick of sending your CV out to
                                                              also include a brief snippet on your background. This
                                                                                                                                      Moving and Munching                           Non members:        $35, support person $15
loads of jobs and not getting any responses, you need
to seriously take a look at it and consider a make-           doesn’t have to be too long but generally 2-4 sen-           This is a two-part daytime course for parents of 4-7
over!                                                         tences are enough to convey your objective. Here are         month old babies. It covers starting solids, first foods,
                                                              some examples for you to look at:                            crawling to walking, developmental toys and safety.
We spend hours each week skim reading CVs that                                                                             Participants receive a FREE copy of the fabulous rec-
have no “wow” factor. They all look the same and are          “To secure a position in recruitment.” - Okay, but not       ipe book, Baby Food and Beyond by Alison and Simon                    Parenting with Purpose
incredibly boring. When we revamp clients’ CVs there          enough information and way too common                        Holst.
are a number of sections we include and there is a                                                                                                                                   Perfect for parents of children from 1 year to 8 years.
                                                              “To secure a challenging and rewarding role within           Upcoming Sessions:                                        This is a unique 3 week course that drills down into
great deal of irrelevant information we omit. So, let’s       recruitment that will allow me to utilise my previous
get started from the top.                                                                                                                                                            why we parent the way we parent and how this af-
                                                              experience from within the industry.” - Great. It cov-       April 7 & 14, Thursdays
                                                                                                                                                                                     fects our children both positively and negatively.
Personal Contact Details                                      ers your background and the role you are seeking.            June 16 & 23, Thursdays                                   Participants will take home valuable tools on how to
This needs to be at the top of the document so the Skills                                                                  10am -12pm at Te Atatu Peninsula Community Cen- make their family life more enjoyable, manage stress
                                                                                                                           tre                                                       better, look for the underlying causes of challenging
employer can easily find your details. The only rele- A skill is defined as being the ability to do something.
vant information in this section is:                                                                                       Cost: FREE with Childbirth Education & Early Parent- behaviour and even how to take time out for you and
                                                      It is not something we are born with; rather it is                                                                             your partner!
                                                                                                                           ing Education package.
  Your name – first and last is all that is required. something we learn to do through work and life ex-
                                                      periences.                                                           Members:           $35, support person free              Upcoming Session:
  Address - including your postal code.                                                                                    Non-members:       $45, support person $15               Saturdays April 30 to May 14, 10am to 3pm at Te
                                                      There are two types of skills employers look at:
                                                                                                                                                                                    Atatu Peninsula Community Centre.
     Home and/or mobile phone number - include your           Transferrable Skills - skills that can be used from one                                                               Cost:
     area number if out of the area in which the job is       job to the next and make you adaptable. Some exam-
     listed. If you have a voicemail message make sure        ples of transferrable skills are problem solving, com-                                                                Members and CSC holders: $20
     it is appropriate and not unprofessional.                munication, the ability to organise other people, and                    Tinies to Tots                               Non-members: $30 per person, support person $10
                                                              strategic planning skills.                                   This two-part evening course covers relevant mile-
     Email address - be sure you have an appropriate
                                                                                                                           stones for your 9 - 15 month old including topics such
     one - hotgirl@gmail.com is not suitable when you Job Specific Skills - skills that are particular to the
                                                              type of role you are in. Some examples are using a           as; walking, how to look after little feet and first
     are looking for employment.
                                                              CNC Machine, Japanese speaking, and the ability to           shoes, safety around the house etc, nutrition - teeth,               NEW! Car Seat Class
     Website (if applicable) - we only suggest this if you drive a forklift.                                               how to get your little one to enjoy brushing teeth,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Learn how to choose the best car
     have examples of your work live i.e. graphic de-                                                                      developmental stages, boundaries and the beginning
                                                              A smart employer will look at your transferrable skills                                                                          seat for your child, and ensure it
     signers, website developers, etc.                                                                                     of rules etc, sleeping issues.
                                                              and what you have to offer (as these are not so easy                                                                                     is fitted correctly.
                                                                                                                           Upcoming Sessions:
     LinkedIn Profile - if applicable and again only if it is to teach) and will realise that job specific skills can be                                                                         Details inside front cover.
     professional                                             taught on the job. Once you understand the impor-            Two Night Course July 4 & 11


38      West Auckland Parents Centre                                                                                                                                                                  West Auckland Parents Centre       11
                     Volunteer of the Month
                                                                                                                     relieving techniques that Kim and I had worked so           was to me. We were absolutely elated, and Kim rang
                                                                                                                     hard on preparing.                                          my mum to come in and join us and give her support
                                                                                                                                                                                 in this final stage.
                                                                                                                     The contractions began with reasonable intensity
       Sponsored by Ebony Flowers and Event Cinemas                                                                  and I was coping well. But all of a sudden it went
                                                                                                                     crazy – my body was slammed into full blown labour
                                                                                                                                                                                 I tried pushing for a while with the epidural but
                                                                                                                                                                                 wasn’t getting anywhere. Even with Mum and Kim
By Rebecca Lamb                                                                                                      with no gentle build up or time to prepare. The con-        spurring me on, with no sensation I just couldn’t get
                                                                                                                     tractions were random and intense, some lasting 2           it right. I’ve never felt more frustrated or screamed
                                                                                                                     mins with a big break in between, then a whole lot          and cursed so much in my life! Brenden my midwife
                                                                                                                     on top of each other with no break in between.              asked if I wanted to be brave and turn off the
 January—Anna Edlington
                                                            classes and does an excellent job helping new parents
                                                            to form a coffee group and support network.              There was no rhythm to it and I couldn’t get in the         epidural for this last part. Bring it on! I was so keen
                                                                                                                     headspace I needed to be.                                   and more then ready to meet my baby.
Anna joined our committee in January 2010 and a Anna's promptness and attention to detail are a great
year later we cannot imagine how we would function asset to the centre.                                                                                                           After awhile when sensation came back I started to
without her!                                                                                                             “...against all the odds I had got my                    feel this overwhelming urge to push. So this is what
                                                                                                                                                                                  it feels like! Brenden asked everyone for silence,
Anna has taken on the extremely important role of                                                                        heart’s desire: to experience                            and I went inside myself and knew exactly what I
Antenatal Bookings Officer, which is crucial to our
success as an organisation because it is most people's
                                                                                                                         birthing my child myself. One of the                     had to do and how to do it. Finally I was getting
                                                                                                                                                                                  somewhere.
first contact with West Auckland Parents Centre.                                                                         hardest and most empowering
Knowing that our courses book out early, many preg-                                                                                                                                So after an hour and a half of pushing, with one
nant couples are eager to confirm that they have a                                                                       experiences of my life.”                                  final surge our beautiful daughter was born into
place in a class with us and Anna puts their minds at                                                                                                                              this world. ‘It’s a girl!’ I heard Kim say through his
ease by her prompt, cheerful and informative re-                                                                                                                                 tears. Words can’t describe the relief and exhilara-
                                                                                                                     After a couple of hours my midwife did an examina-
sponse to all enquiries.                                                                                                                                                         tion I felt at that moment. And one of my most spe-
                                                                                                                     tion and I was so disheartened to hear I was only
                                                                                                                                                                                 cial memories I have is of my husband kissing me on
In fact, Anna is so super efficient that if she were able                                                            3cm dilated. Any closer and I could have pushed on
                                                                                                                                                                                 the cheek and saying to me ‘You did it, I’m so proud
to answer emails before they were written and sent                                                                   through but I wasn’t coping and asked for an epidu-
                                                                                                                                                                                 of you, you did so incredibly well’. Rosa was placed
she probably would. Anna also hosts Antenatal                                                                        ral. Unfortunately due to my pre-eclampsia the spe-
                                                                                                                                                                                 on my chest and she started screaming. I was crying
                                                                                                                     cialist wouldn’t do it before ordering more blood
                                                                                                                                                                                 and telling her how beautiful she was and how ex-
                                                                                                                     tests. So it was two more full on hours before I had
                                                                                                                                                                                 cited we were to finally meet her. I couldn’t believe
                                                               February - Ildi Wileman
                                                                                                                     the epidural. I vividly remember sitting on the side of
                                                                                                                                                                                 it – against all the odds I had got my hearts desire: to
                                                                                                                     the bed, sucking on that gas for all I was worth and
                                                                                                                                                                                 experience birthing my child myself. One of the
                                                                                                                     calling on every bit of inner strength I had. Finally the
                                                            We have known for a long time that our website has                                                                   hardest and most empowering experiences of my
                                                                                                                     epidural was in…I was lying on the bed and I started
                                                            needed a revamp, but did not have the volunteer                                                                      life.
                                                                                                                     to cry. I knew that with the drugs and lying flat on
                                                            (wo)man power to commit to this large job so it has
                                                                                                                     the bed that my labour would slow right down and I          Welcome to the world Rosa Maria Sokolich, we love
                                                            sat on the back burner for some time.
                                                                                                                     would more likely end up with a c section. My mid-          you with all our hearts and we are so blessed to have
                                                            In October, Ildi volunteered for another role on our     wife Brenden was brilliant and reminded me that I           you in our lives.
                                                            committee, but we soon discovered that she had the       did everything I could, but also that I shouldn’t give
                                                            talent and the passion to take on this task, and she     up hope just yet.
                                                            has been working hard on our new site ever
                                                                                                                     After 2 hours with the epidural in the
                                                            since. Despite having to navigate an unhelpful web
                                                                                                                     specialist came back and said we needed
                                                            provider and some robust discussion over who is
                                                                                                                     to see how dilated I was. If I hadn’t pro-
                                                            responsible for what, Ildi has persevered in modernis-
                                                                                                                     gressed much further it was time to talk
                                                            ing our navigation and moving our site to a new plat-    about a c section. I was so nervous while
                                                            form which will make it so easy to update con-
                                                                                                                     Brenden did the exam…please, please,
                                                            tent. Ildi has worked so hard to get the website re
                                                                                                                     please let me be dilated enough. She
                                                            launched and we can’t wait to see it go live - watch     looked at me with a big smile on her face
                                                            this space!                                              ‘Do you want the good news? You’re
                                                            Thanks for the fantastic work Ildi!!!                    10cm dilated and you’re going to have a
                                                                                                                     vaginal birth’. I burst into tears…I just
                                                                                                                     couldn’t believe it! Kim jumped up out of
 Each Volunteer of the month receives a bunch of flowers from Ebony Flowers and a                                    his chair with a big Woohoo! More then
          double movie pass from Event Cinemas, Westcity or Westgate.                                                anyone else he knew how important this


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                                    Birth Story
 By Michelle Sokolich

It all started on Monday morning with a routine          control and in shock about starting down a long road
check up. My midwife had a funny feeling about me        of interventions that I was sure would put my chance
and she thought a few things didn’t add up. She          of having a vaginal birth in jeopardy.
called and arranged to meet me at the hospital in an
hours time. I had no ink-
ling I would be leaving 5
days later with my baby in
my arms!
When they discovered I
had pre-eclampsia I was
admitted straight away
and put on medication to
control my sky-rocketing
blood pressure. I had an
examination and my cervix
was found to be tightly
closed – not surprising as I
was only 37 weeks and 1
day pregnant. That night in
hospital after my husband
left I felt really alone and
nervous. When I met the
specialist the next day I
told her that I really
wanted to have a vaginal birth (I had a c section with   The induction began and I was on the clock. It was a
my first child) so she agreed to hold off inducing me    looong couple of days of waiting for labour to start
till the end of the week, with the hope that my cervix   on it’s own before they decided to ship me off to the
would be looking a bit more favourable and increase      labour and birthing unit to speed the process up with
my odds of a successful induction.
Then they packed me off for a growth scan and told           “...all of a sudden it went crazy –
me baby was estimated to be 4kg! Hmm…I don’t put             my body was slammed into full
too much stock in those later scans as I know they
have a large margin of error. Although nearly every          blown labour with no gentle
specialist I saw after that commented on my ‘huge’           build up or time to prepare.”
baby that I was about to birth and a couple of them
offered me a c section on the basis of it! But for the
                                                         some drugs. As we walked through the doors with
first time in my life I looked fondly at my childbear-
                                                         nervous anticipation my husband Kim looked at me
ing hips, and believed my baby would be the right
                                                         and said ‘We’re here baby, this is what you wanted’.
size for me. I remember on the way back from the
                                                         Oh my god – did I really? Was I sure? I pushed aside
scan walking past the labour and birthing unit and
                                                         my thoughts of doubt and focused on everything I
looking longingly at it – would I ever get there, or
                                                         had done to prepare myself, and how excited I was
would it be off to theatre for c section again?
                                                         to be finally meeting my baby. In the suite I was
That night my blood results came back and they           hooked up to continuous monitoring and a syntocin
weren’t looking good – the specialist said they would    drip to bring on labour. I had very limited movement
have to induce me straight away. I felt really out of    and I worried how I would use all my natural pain


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                 Renewing Members’ Draw                                                                      It has to be the most idyllic and small child friendly
                                                                                                             beach in Auckland. Situated on the Manukau Har-
                                                                                                             bour, it is a 20 minute drive from Titirangi, along       Mozaik Café
                                                                                                             Huia Road. There are 3 ample car parking areas to
If you have recently received a renewal invoice then don’t forget                                                                                                      By Sarah Kahi
                                                                                                             chose from; The Main Beach, the middle of the
to renew your membership. We hold bi-monthly draws for all
                                                                                                             beach or at Cornwallis Wharf.                             2 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn . Ph 817 73000
renewing WAPC members and the lucky winner will receive a
prize!                                                                                                       The sand is black, the water is shallow to a long way     Mon—Sun 7am-5pm
                        This month’s                                                                         out and the waves are very tame. Perfect for tod-         Good coffee, great food, a playground and super
                     lucky winners are:                                                                      dlers. The beach is about 1 km long, so plenty of         friendly staff… those are my priorities (in that or-
                                                                                                             space for everyone, and lined with Pohutakawa’s to        der!) for a Mother’s Day brunch location and I’ve
                Teena and Chris Haddon                                                                       provide much required shade on a beautiful sum-           found them all at Mozaik Café in New Lynn. It’s the
                   Teena and Chris will                                                                      mer’s day. A wide strip of grass is behind the beach      one under the Les Mills gym but don’t worry - you
                  receive a Wot Wot toy.                                                                                                                               don’t have to earn your brunch by doing a sweaty
                                                                                                                                                                       workout first, it’s open to everyone.
                                                                                                                                                                       I’ve been a regular there for years, but in the name
For a limited time we are also giving all our renew-                                                                                                                   of research my husband and I took our almost-2-
ing members a voucher for half price hire of our                                                                                                                       year-old daughter for a ‘secret shopper’ brunch to
birthday party kit and FREE enrolment in either our                                                                                                                    check them out. We were really impressed with the
Parenting with Purpose or Magic Moments Parenting                                                                                                                      whole experience, especially the amazing wait staff.
Courses!                                                                                                                                                               They brought over the high-chair, crouched down
                                                                                                                                                                       with our daughter and chatted with her and, when
                                                                                                                                                                       she started practicing her drumming on the table

          Benefits of being a Member of
                                                                                                                                                                       with a spoon, the waitress even brought her out a
                                                                                                             that is very useful for sand free picnics, volley ball,   little doll to play with. Now that’s a first for any café
                                                                                                             soccer etc.                                               I’ve ever been to!

          West Auckland Parents Centre                                                                       The facilities there are reasonably modern, clean
                                                                                                             and basic. At the main beach area, there’s a male
                                                                                                                                                                       Of course a key factor in a successful brunch is the
                                                                                                                                                                       food, and Mozaik has an impressive menu offering.
                                                                                                                                                                       They do all-day breakfast and lunch, and have glu-
                                                                                                             and female toilet block with changing room, out-
                                                                                                             door showers and running water from taps to wash          ten-free options available too. The Corn Eggs Bene-
 Your annual membership subscription helps to               Invitations to exclusive member only shopping    the sand off your feet. A few picnic tables are avail-    dict is a genius idea – corn fritters topped with
 enable West Auckland Parents Centre to advocate            days at selected major retails, such as Baby     able and there are also 4 bookable gas BBQ sites          poached eggs and hollandaise, yum! My husband is
 for West Auckland families from pregnancy to               Factory 20% discount day and Toy Factory pre     (through Auckland Council) that have gazebo-style         a huge fan of the Jambalaya from the lunch menu.
 school. In return your membership give you access          Christmas sale.                                  shelters. No playground.                                  There’s also a separate
 to discounted products, services and parenting                                                                                                                        kids’ menu, as well as a
 classes, including:                                        Special member only discounts from WAPC          At the other end of the beach is Cornwallis Wharf.        cabinet heaving with
                                                            discount scheme.                                 This is 200 metres long and is the last of the Manu-      goodies ranging from
     12 month subscription (6 issues) to Kiwi Parent                                                         kau’s ferry wharves. Originally built in 1926, it was
                                                            Special discounted membership rate for active                                                              salads to savouries to
     magazine, full of helpful articles, useful product                                                      restored in the 1990’s and is an incredibly popular
                                                            committee members.                                                                                         drool-inducing cakes and
     information and great inspiration for Kiwi par-                                                         fishing spot. The keen sighted may also be able to        slices.
     ents.                                                  Free pregnancy, childbirth and parenting book    spot a stingray. Along the beach from the Wharf,
     12 month subscription (6 issues) to our Tiny           library.                                         there is a rocky area that is good for rock pooling       The small playground
     Talk magazine for local centre news, local                                                              with the children but they can be a little slippery       outside is safe and ap-
                                                             Coffee groups, support and social events.
                                                                                                             (the rocks, that is)! At the end of Cornwallis Road,      propriate for a range of
     events, upcoming parenting courses, and topi-        One major purchase at Baby Factory member
                                                                                                             there are a couple of walks. The Orpheus Graves           kids’ ages (meaning
     cal articles.                                        discount day would cover the cost of your annual
                                                                                                             walk is pram friendly and level. It takes about 5         some quality coffee and chat time for Mum & Dad),
     Discounted prices for West Auckland Parents          membership.                                                                                                  and there are tables close enough to keep an eye on
                                                                                                             minutes and leads you to the graves of three sailors
     Centre Courses.                                                                                         who drowned when HMS Orpheus was wrecked on               your kids if you need to.
     Discounted prices on a range of quality baby         One year membership                    $60         the Manukau Bar in 1863. There is also the 10 min-        When the coffees came out and our daughter’s
     products.                                            One year committee membership          $20         ute walk up to the McLachlan Monument. Well               fluffy had marshmallow eyes and a choc-sauce
                                                                                                             worth the effort of climbing the hill to see the view.    smiley face, the verdict was in – this is a perfect
     Discounted hireage.
                                                                                                             If the sun’s out, I’ll see you there!                     place for a happy family outing on Mother’s Day.


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                                     Mother’s Day                                                                                           Happy Birthdays
                Special places to go to celebrate Mum


                                                                                                                             April
Western Springs                                            Inside the children are fascinated by a ceiling full of
                                                           different lanterns and there is also a Wooden train
By Michelle Leong                                          set, colouring equipment and books inside. There                                                   Celebrating 2 years
A good Mother’s Day outing is Western springs, if          are high chairs and changing table (unisex toilets),
                                                           the food is delicious and they can easily cater for                                       Jessee Clayton
it's not raining obviously! The best thing about it is                                                                       Celebrating 1 year
that it's free! Its good family outing with many           varying dietary needs. Fernielea is a lovely place to                                     Samantha Keleti
                                                           take the family for brunch or to sneak away for            Imogen Munns
paths to walk along. When we went we started at
                                                           some adult time too.                                       Grace McIlroy                           Celebrating 3 years
the playground and took the path closest to the
pond. Jacob loved the geese and geese were really                                                                                                    Danzig Davis
friendly too. However do be careful with the geese
                                                           The Luscious Food Store                                    Zach Easton

as they are known to chase children! Also remem-           By Rebecca Lamb                                            Jessical van Berkel                     Celebrating 4 years
ber to look under the bridges as the eels are known                                                                                                  Archie Samways
                                                           547 Te Atatu Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula, ph 834 8499           Joasquina Rocco Cuzzi
to congregate there! The kids love seeing the eels
swim. It's a good 20 to 30 min stroll with some nice       Mon – Fri 7:00am – 4:00pm                                  Lilia Dodd                              Celebrating 5 years
grassy areas to stop and have a picnic if you feel like    Sat 8am – 4pm, Sun 8am – 3pm                                                              Ben Lauchlan
                                                                                                                      Ronelle Moolman
it. The playground is suitable for all ages with two       http://www.thelusciousfoodstore.co.nz/
areas one for the bigger kids and one for the littilies.                                                              Thea Newel
                                                           The Luscious Food Store has been open for less than

                                                                                                                                                                  May
Also near by you have Motat and the zoo, which do          a year but already has a firm following throughout         Chloe Bainbridge
cost , however I have been recommended the tram            West Auckland for being extremely kid-friendly. As
which costs a minimal amount of money but is great                                                                    Isabel Wagstaff
                                                           you walk through the cafe to the large outdoor area
fun.                                                       it is not hard to see why. The courtyard boasts a          Talia Bettelheim
                                                           large lawn with a shady tree to play or eat under, a
Fernielea Cafe                                             sandpit, a large paved area and blackboards to keep        Varden Bartlett                          Celebrating 1 year
By Lexi Lauchlan                                           kids occupied while parents relax. The menu con-           Malachy Ogilvy                 Ashton Coles
                                                           tains a range of cafe fare for parents and kids meals
302 Coatesville,Riverhead HWY.                                                                                        Isaac Lim                      Phoebe Wakelin
                                                           too. And for sleep deprived parents, it is important
Wed—Sun 8:30 am - 4:00 pm                                  to point out that they do excellent coffee! Co-owner                                      Maddison Bray
                                                                                                                      Sarah Louden
Dinner from 5pm on Fridays                                 Jono Clarke expects Mother's Day to be extremely
                           Fernielea is a fabulously                                                                  Jeremy Smeal                   William Griffin
                                                           busy for the cafe, and they will put on a special
                           child friendly cafe! It         menu. This would be a lovely place to celebrate            Meela McHugh                   Isabel Morrison
                           has a fantastic play-           Mother's Day on a sunny day, but even if you don't
                           ground, swings, play                                                                       Joseph Lindsay                 Kip Sinton
                                                           get there for Mother's Day it is well worth checking
                           house and sand pit area         out.                                                                                      Maggie Osborne
                           with picnic tables for
                           parents to sit and              Cornwallis Beach                                                                          Harrison Smith
                           watch while enjoying                                                                              Celebrating 2 years     Jai Homer
                                                           By Ruth Murphy
                           the lovely sunny garden
                                                                                                                      Ryan Barnes                    Nathan Stevens
                           setting. There are even         Personally, it hurts to write this review on Corn-
                           small sized picnic tables       wallis as it really is one of those beautiful places              Celebrating 3 years     Freya Wester
                           for kids to eat from the        that you don’t want everyone to go to and spoil. I’d
                                                                                                                      Samara Lauchlan                Keilani Bentley
                           kids menu – which has           stay away on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New’s
                           wholesome        options,       Years Day as it is difficult to find a spot to park; but                                  Zoe Mclean
                           bigger kids can even            if you’re looking for somewhere to spend Mother’s
                           build their own pizza!          Day with the children…then this is my gift to you!                                        Tyler O’Reilly




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                   Welcome to our World                                                  Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes
                        Antenatal Class September 7 to October 19                           Do you want to learn basic breastfeeding skills and tips??
                                                                                    Available now are FREE Antenatal Breastfeeding classes taken by a
Harriet & Brett                      Jacob       Sue & Dario           Nathan       Lactation Consultant at Waitakere Hospital. They are held fortnightly: on the first
                                                                                    Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm; and on the third Tuesday of the month
Sheree & Simon                         Lola      Elaine & Kevin        Sophie
                                                                                    from 7pm-9pm.
Susi & Todd                          Emily       Renee & Dave             Jed
Justine & Shane                      Grace       Asher & Stephen       James
                                                                                    This class is designed for women in the late stages of preg-
                                                                                    nancy, especially 28 weeks and over. Partners/support peo-
                                                                                    ple are also welcome.

                                                                                    The class is a GREAT opportunity for women to learn more
                                                                                    about breastfeeding (or a refresher for second-time mums)
                                                                                    JUST before the baby arrives.
                       Antenatal Class November 2 to December 14


Tash & Blair                             Riley   Setareh & Arjen          Farrah
Kelly & Simon                          Esther    Rachel & Sam            Abigail
Kelly & Dean                        Mackenzie    Alicia & Earl           Jayden
Sarah & Richard                         Oliver   Nadia & Michael            Gino
Julie & Rob                             Theo     Shee-Jeong & Sangmi      Jamie
Rachelle & Craig                      Samuel




                             Antenatal Class December 11 & 12

Claire & Matt                            India   Amelia & Fraser         Lachlan
Ngaire & Isaac                           Leah    Alessandra & Brent      Isabella
Aimee & Byron                           Emily    Sarah & Roland         Fletcher
Di & Ivan                              Brooke    Keith & Sharie             Liam
Andrea & Brian                        Katrina    Trudy & Bruce            Casey




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Sponsored by
                     Round The Coffee Cups
                     Find out more about one of our coffee groups
By Trish Smith, Shelley Eastwood, Kristina Healy, Cheryl McKeown, Lisa Andersen and Nina Thrasyvoulou

When and how often does your coffee group meet? And for dads? Don't do it :) Get as much sleep as
About once a fortnight on a Thursday or Tuesday you can before baby arrives, and don't read too
morning.                                        many parenting books.
What stage are your babies at? What is the boy girl Best baby products you've tried? Miracle blanket,
ratio? They range from five to seven months, with an Wizard cream and Milk Bands.
even split of three boys and three girls.
                                                        What have been the greatest challenges so far?
What other activities has your coffee group tried? Going back to work. Lack of sleep.
Going for a walk, BBQ at the beach and coffee at
                                                        What's the best piece of advice you've received?
local cafes.
                                                        You can get thrush of the nipples. You can get free
Being a parent has taught you.... Patience! Setting Doctor visits up to three months after birth.
priorities - it is not really about me. You can survive
                                                        What's the best thing about being in this coffee
on very little sleep!
                                                        group? The people. We are all of a similar age and
Any tips for new mums? Your new baby will only be stage in life.
able to stay awake for an hour max - this is the time
that you have to feed, change, play and get them
back into bed. When they tell you to feed every             Tell us about your coffee group and we’ll send
three hours, that means the feeds are three hours           you a $50 voucher for your coffee group to use
apart - not three hours from when they go to bed!                        at Mozaik New Lynn.




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                                   Easter Treat
      Recipe of the Month
                                                                                                                 WEST AUCKLAND PARENTS CENTRE SPRING FUNDRAISER -
                                                                                                                         EARTHMAKER GARDEN COMPOSTERS
                                  Hot Cross Buns                                                                  Removes lots of green waste, keeping your garden tidy.
                                                                                                                  Helps your plants grow, saves money on compost and helps the planet too.
         1 Tbsp dry yeast                                        1 egg                                            The Earthmaker composter is easy to use. Add kitchen and garden waste in the top
         ½ cup caster sugar                                      1 ½ cups sultanas                                at anytime and take compost out of the bottom.
         1 ½ cups lukewarm milk                                  1/3 cup candied mixed peel                       $10 per composter is donated to West Auckland Parents Centre
         4 ¼ cups flour                                          ½ cup flour (extra)                              No need for heavy lifting or compost heaps.
         2 tsp mixed spice                                       1/3 cup water
                                                                                                                  FREE DELIVERY, plus 30 day money back and usual guarantees.
         2 tsp ground cinnamon                                   1 quantity glaze
                                                                                                                  Very popular, great 466 litre size and Made in New Zealand.
         50g melted butter
                                                                                                                  The RRP is $210, but you can pay $189 as the fundraiser price.
 1.    Place the yeast, 2 tsp of the sugar and the milk                                                         The Earthmaker composter can be viewed at www.earthmaker.co.nz
       in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes. The mix-
                                                                                                                Contact Dave on 027 351 2538 or dave@yourfastshop.co.nz for further information.
       ture will start to foam, indicating the yeast is
       active.                                                                                                  West Auckland Parents Centre
 2.    Add the flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, butter,                                                            EASY SHOPPING, EASY FUNDRAISING Remember to shop at www.yourfastshop.co.nz - 90 stores for you,
       egg, sultanas, mixed peel and remaining sugar                                                            fundraising for us.
       to the yeast mixture and mix using a butter
       knife until a sticky mixture forms. Knead dough
       on a lightly floured surface for 8 minutes or
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       warm place for 30 minutes or until the balls rise. Preheat oven to 200C. Combine the extra flour and
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       water, place in a piping bag or a plastic bag with 1 corner cut off and pipe crosses on the buns. Bake
       for 35 minutes or until well browned and springy to touch. Brush with warm glaze over white buns
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 4.    Glaze: Place ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dis-
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                                     Dad’s World
                Celebrating the Super Mum in your life
By Derek Lamb
Mothers everywhere celebrate! The world finally           meaningful and what isn’t? How many of what colour
realises that your title of ’Super Mum’ is fully justi-   flowers do you buy on your way home? Or is the real
fied. No longer do you need to hide your cape and         question, how can we, the men, ensure that mothers
boots in the closet and worry about how you will          are celebrated and appreciated everyday?
match your outfit with your accessories .
                                                      The answer is...it depends but one thing that we men
Men, take note, the mother of your kids (or kids to need to firmly focus on is on how what we do influ-
be) does not expect that we buy flowers, make break- ences how our kids perceive the true value of their
fast in bed, and let her sleep in or anything on Mum. We all know how our kids observe; listening
Mother’s Day. What is appropriate (in my humble
opinion) is an acknowledgement of the Super Mum            “In today’s day and age …. we
within. You know the one, the red streak dashing in
front of your eyes from time to time as chaos unfolds      men sometimes take for
in your home.                                              granted the exceptional ability
In today’s day and age with work, home, school,              of the Super Mums in our lives.”
relationships, dreams for the future all converging we
men sometimes take for granted the exceptional
ability of the Super Mums in our lives.                carefully to what is said, and also to what is not said
                                                       but felt. Men, we have a responsibility to our families
So what is the meaning of Mother’s Day in modern
                                                       to ensure that the Super Mums in our lives are cele-
life? How do you celebrate and give thanks? What is
                                                       brated every day and not just on the 8th of May so
                                                       that the simple act of flowers, a card or brekky in bed
                                                       has meaning all of the time. Our challenge is integrat-
                                                       ing this into our family’s lives but hey, we can multi-
                                                       task too, right?
                                                          So by all means make the card with the kids, buy the
                                                          flowers, take the kids out so a sleep in can and does
                                                          actually happen but in addition to these I challenge
                                                          you to find sustainable ways to acknowledge and
                                                          celebrate the Super Mum in your home. So that it
                                                          becomes not something that happens in May but a
                                                          way of life, a choice in your family to support and
                                                          love through action. Isn’t that what it’s all about,
                                                          loving and appreciation, respect and tolerance and
                                                          together growing a strong and resilient family fo-
                                                          cused on your goals and dreams? Teaching our kids
                                                          how to do this is much tougher however the rewards
                                                          are also so much greater.
                                                          So as a starter for ten, reflect on your unique family
                                                          situation and write down three actions that, as a
                                                          family, you could start doing to ensure that your
                                                          Super Mum is celebrated and appreciated every day.
                                                          Then, get action orientated and make it happen! Do it
                                                          for the Super Mum in your life, do it for your kids,
                                                          and do it for yourself!
                                                          Up, up and away!
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                                                                              Toddler Day Out                       West Auckland
                   Parent Helper Needed
                                                                               Raffle Winners                      La Leche League
                    For Baby & You Class                                         Congratulations to:


     Our Baby & You classes are a special time for new parents to learn
     all about the ‘fourth trimester’ that a lot of parents are not pre-
     pared for.
     This course helps to smooth the way and we need someone to                  Toddler Boy Hamper
     look after the parents, liaise with the course speakers, organise             Corina Matthews          West Auckland La Leche League welcomes moth-
                                                                                                            ers and pregnant women to their monthly meet-
     tea and coffee and fill out a couple of forms.                                                               ings for encouragement, support and
                                                                                                              discussion on a wide range of breastfeeding,
     Baby & You is a 4 week course usually run on Monday mornings                                                    mothering and parenting issues.
     once a month and there is a small remuneration. This role could                                                    No booking is required
     be held by one person, or shared between two.
                                                                                                             Massey Methodist Church
     You don’t have to come to committee meetings to be able to do
                                                                                                             Cnr Waimumu Rd and Zita Maria Dr, Massey
     this role, but it is desirable.                                             Toddler Girl Hamper         3rd Thursday of every month, call Barbara on
                                                                                    Leanne Cullen            838 1566 to confirm
     We will provide:
             A small remuneration for your time                                                              Kelston Community Centre,
                                                                                                             Activity Room 2
             Excellent support and back up network                                                           Cnr Awaroa & Great North Rd, Kelston
                                                                                                             2nd Tuesday of every month, 9.45am
             Renewal of your West Auckland Parents                 Centre
             membership at the committee rate of $20.
                                                                                                             Coffee morning 4th Tuesday of every month,
                                                                            New World New Parents’ Hamper    please call for details.
                                                                                   Stephanie Page
                                                                                                             Please ring the contacts below for meeting
                                                                                                             dates.
                                                                                                             For further information or breastfeeding help,
                                                                                                                  please contact an accredited Leader:
                       To discuss hosting a class please contact
                                                                                                                 Adith (838 362) or Jessica (832 1234)
                                Rebecca Lamb on 834 8729
                                                                                                                     LLL Answer Phone Service for
                     or email info@westaucklandparents.org.nz                 New World Grocery Hamper                Help Numbers 09 846 0752
                                                                                   Jessica Nelson


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                              Toddler Day Out                                                                Just because you've got a bub, doesn't mean you have to give up going to the movies!
By Rebecca Lamb




                                                                                                             At EVENT Cinemas we have tailored Baby on Board sessions especially for caregivers and your
                                                                                                             children. Baby on Board sessions show the latest popular films for adults in a relaxed environ-
                                                                                                             ment. All Adult tickets include entry for children under 5 (max of 2 free per paying adult).
                                                                                                                               www.eventcinemas.co.nz/clubs--discounts/baby-on-board
                                                                                                                                                  WESTCITY       WESTGATE




On 5 March, West Auckland Parents Centre contin- very important way for West Auckland Parents Cen-               Dear Mum,
ued our longstanding presence at the Toddler Day tre to build a profile in our community. Without help
Out held at the Trusts stadium.                        from our committee to make up goody bags, put the           Save money and use cost effective safe, toxic free, skin care and house cleaning
                                                       stand together, and (wo)man the stand we would not                                        natural products.
We are proud to provide breastfeeding facilities as
                                                       be able to commit to this major event on our calen-
part of our stand so that parents have a convenient                                                                                      Safe for you and your children.
                                                       dar.
and private place to feed their babies if they require
it. Despite a drizzly start to the day, attendance was                                                           Exceptional Toxic Free Products
steady, and our stand's position right by the entrance
                                                                                                                         Thousands of People Use Every Day
ensured that we were able to talk to a large number
of West Auckland parents about the range of parent-                                                                      Safe in the Home and surrounding Environment
ing courses we have available. We also ran a Mr                                                                          Offer Better Value than Supermarket Brands
Potato Head colouring competition again, and our
                                                                                                                         No New Money – Simply Switch Stores
kids table was kept busy with lots of littlies doing
their best efforts to win our fabulous prizes.                                                                           High Customer Re-order Rate
Our brilliant products co-ordinator Amy, did a brisk                                                                     Conveniently Delivered To Your Door
trade of some of our more toddler focused products,                                                                      No Risk- “Use It First” 100% 90 Day Money-Back Guarantee
and all our volunteers did their best to sell raffle
                                                                                                                         Purchase at Wholesale and Save
tickets too. We gave out 200 goodie bags and four
boxes of Huggies NappyPants samples to visitors to
our stand.                                                                                                                       Register online for a free viewing and information on our products:
                                                                                                                                               www.toxicfreeproducts.co.nz
We would like to extend a huge thanks to all the
volunteers who helped out on this event, which is a


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                  Volunteer Opportunities
We are always on the look out for people who can               Antenatal Co-ordinator
help us out, and we promise we’ll make the whole
experience FUN!                                      Each of our Antenatal classes require some adminis-
                                                     trative work behind the scenes and we need some-
                                                     one who loves being super organised. All you would
Would you like to know other people in our organisa- need to do is gather some paperwork together, put
tion while at the same time making a difference to together a kit for our class host and deliver it to
how we are run and to the families we help?          them. After the course you need to archive the
                                                     paperwork and tie up any loose ends. We run ap-
                                                     proximately 15 antenatal classes each year and each
Do you have a hidden talent you would like to share? class requires about 2 hours worth of work.
You can choose how you would like to get involved
based on the time, skills and energy you have avail-
able....
... And we promise to give you all the help and guid-
ance required if you would like to give something
new a try.


                                                                 Volunteer Administrator
                                                        Got a few hours a month to spare, not much more,
                                                        but would like to help us out? Then this role is
                                                        perfect for you. This a behind the scenes role keep-
                                                        ing track of our volunteers, organising social events
                                                        and following up with and welcoming new volun-
                                                        teers. It’s a great role for someone with HR or
                                                        admin background. If you a people person and able
                                                        to come to our monthly committee meeting, then
                                                        this is definitely the role for you.



                                                             Over 12 months Co-ordinator
                                                        We need someone to host our Tinies to Tots and
           To find out more contact                     Terrific Toddler courses, held at night periodically
             Rebecca on 834 8729                        though the year.
                                                        You would be responsible for looking after parents
          or send us a email at
                                                        at the course and liaising with the course speaker.
     info@westaucklandparents.org.nz                    You would need to commit to the course times, and
                                                        a couple of hours admin for each course as well as a
                                                        monthly committee meeting.

                         Come along to our next committee meeting!!
WAPC committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the WEA Building, 9 Hender-
son Valley Road, Henderson. The dates for the next two meetings are 20th April and 18th May 2011 at
7:30pm. We welcome anyone who wants to come along - whether it’s to find out what WAPC does, share
your feedback on how we’re doing or even volunteer for a position on the committee!! Please email
info@westaucklandparents.org.nz if you would like to attend.

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                              HIRE IT FROM US!
                                   KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY KIT
 Perfect for kids’ parties from the time they can sit unaided until around 5 years. Just add FUN and FOOD!
                                                  Kit includes:
                                                           2 small trestle tables which can be set at child
                                                           or         adult height. A third is available for
                                                           an extra $10.
                                                           8 small white solid plastic chairs AND              WAPC is extremely sad to be losing                 sure our accounts stay organised
                                                           1 bubble machine!                                   our amazing Treasurer so we are on                 and people get paid on time. You
                                                  Hire cost:                                                   the hunt for someone to take over                  would need to attend committee
                                                  $30 plus $15 for 2 litres of bubble mix, and a $60 bond.     this important role.                               meetings one a month and com-
                                                                      Bookings are essential.                  Are you a very organised person?                   mit about 4 to 5 hours per week.
                                                                                                               You don’t have to be an accountant,                There will be an excellent hand-
                                                                                                               if you have run you own business                   over from our departing Treas-
             EXERSAUCER MEGA                                        NATURES SWAY BABY                                                                             urer.
                                                                                                               this would be enough.
                 EVENFLO                                               HAMMOCK
                                                                                                               Our Treasure is critical to making
        Age 4 months to crawling                         One of the most compact, portable baby beds on
                                                         the market. Includes:
        6 interactive toys to encourage development
        Three-position height adjustment                       1 hammock                                                                                                       Team Member
        Convenient                                             1 wooden spreader                                                                                  WAPC’s newsletter is one of our most important
        carry handle                                           beam                                                                                               communications tools and we need an organised
        Rocking                                                                                                                                                   person with exceptional eye for details to help
        action                                                 1 wool mattress
                                                                                                                                                                  put it all together and send our messages out to
        Maximum                                                1 fitted sheet                                                                                     the world!!
        child height                                                                                                            Secretary
        76 cm tall                                             1 spring                                        We need a person with an eye for details and a     This is a fantastic opportunity to not only make a
     Monthly Hire:                                                                                             love of administration to help us keep things in   difference but have a tangible result at the end
                                                               1 4-legged stand with a gold passivate finis.
     $25 Bond: $25                                                                                             order.                                             of it. We produce 6 newsletters per year and
                                                               Breaks down into 1metre poles.
                                                                                                               The WAPC secretary needs to clear and log the      need someone to join our Editorial team to help
                                                                                                               post and our external email account. All post      plan, proof and publish our newsletter.
                  TENS MACHINE                           Weekly Hire:           $25                            then needs to be forwarded to the appropriate
Helps to lessen contraction pain by stimulating cer-                                                           people on committee e. They are also responsi-     We have an awesome committee who contrib-
                                                         Bond:                  $100
tain nerves and muscles.                                                                                       ble for pulling together the agenda for each       ute lots of articles alongside regular contribu-
                                                         If you wish to purchase a baby hammock through        monthly committee meeting, calling for reports     tors.
Hire:    $50(Members)
                                                         West Auckland Parent Centre, we will deduct the       and then creating and distributing the minutes.
         $55(Non Members )                               hire cost from the purchase price.                                                                       You must have a PC to do this role and having a
                                                                                                               The role would take someone about 2 hours per
Bond: $50(Members)                                                                                             week, and on the week of committee meeting,        certain proficiency in Microsoft Publisher would
         $55(Non Members)                                                                                      an extra hour. The role is perfect for someone     be useful. WAPC is able to supply software if
                                                                                                               who likes behind the scenes work but still wants   necessary.. You must also be able to come to
                                                         For bookings and hire information please email:       to make a difference.
Collect 2 weeks before EDD and return as soon as                                                                                                                  committee meeting once a month.
possible once baby has arrived.                          hire@westaucklandparents.org.nz                                  Newsletter Editorial


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                                           Shopping                                                                        TAG BLANKETS
                                                                                                                 Cuddly, soft taggie for your little one to snuggle
                                                                                                                                                                         U+Baby Breastfeeding
Please support West Auckland Parents Centre by purchasing one of these fabulous                                  with. Babies love tags so this will keep them              Top
items. Perfect for yourself of a gift! A percentage of each purchase goes towards the                            happy and busy, and the soft fabric will be com-
work we do.                                                                                                      fortable       on
                                                                                                                                                                       Available in small,
                                                                                                                 their       skin.
                                                                                                                                                                       medium,       large
                                                                                                                 Comes in 3
                                                               Dinky Diner Portable                              different style:
                                                                                                                                                                       and extra large.
     Womama Birthing Wrap                                                                                        boys themed
                                                                                                                                                                       This short or long
                                                                    High Chair                                   fabric,      girls
                                                                                                                                                                       sleeved     v-neck
           Dress                                           Comes with its own carry bag and folds up to fit      themed fabric
                                                                                                                                                                       top has a hori-
                                                                                                                                                                       zontal over and
 This comfortable practical                                into your nappy bag. You will use it over and over-   or        unisex
                                                                                                                                                                       under layer. You
 wrap is specifically designed                             keep one in the glove box of the car and you are      themed fabric.
                                                                                                                                                                       can easily breast-
 for labour and birth, made                                good to go. Fully machine washable and available      Retails: $16.50
                                                                                                                                                                       feed by pulling
 from super soft cotton, allows                            in three colours: Red, Black and Sky Blue . Fits                                                            the over layer up
                                                                                                                           Members’ Price: $16.00
 for quick easy access for skin to                         most standard chairs and suitable for infants once                                                          or the under layer down! Available in pink or
 skin contact once your baby is
 born.
                                                           they can sit unsupported.
                                                                                                                              Eardrops CD                              black.
                                                                        Members Price $18                                                                                        Members price: $49.99
 This garment is generously                                                                                      Eardrop’s Journeys are fun audio CDs that help
 sized, just choose your pre-                                    Kakariki Wall Frieze                            develop language and listening skills in 1-4 yrs. 3
                                                                                                                 Titles to choose from Sounds of the Country, City
 pregnancy size. This wrap has
 been designed for a large 40-week tummy.                  ABC wall frieze for baby’s room or the toy room-      or Home. Retail price $19.99                             Little Snuggles Muslin
 Sizes: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18. Available in either black
                                                           Kiwiana themed words! As seen at Nature Baby.                     Members’ price $15                                   Wrap Set
                                                           Retail price $30.00
 and blue.
 Retail price $125.00                                                 Members’ price $25.00
                                                                                                                  Plunket Well Child Book                              100% Cotton- Pack includes 3 Large White Muslin
                                                                                                                                                                       Wraps Plus 3 Face Clothes. Large 105cmx105cm.

               Members price $95
                                                                                                                          Covers                                       Edging Colours: Green, Lemon, Grey, Pink, Blue
                                                                                                                                                                       and White. Retail Price $22.00
                                                                                                                 Keep your new babies special records safe for-
                                                                 BUMBO BABY SEAT                                 ever. With the personally designed 'Well Child'                 Members’ price $20.00
                                                                                                                 Plunket Book Covers you can rest assured your
                                                           Suitable for babies 3 to 14 months or 4kg to 10 kg
                                                           - depending on individual growth. Lightweight and
                                                                                                                 baby's book will be stay great condition for years
                                                                                                                                                                          Bellaroo Pouch Slings
     Strawberry Jam Merino                                 portable. Made from non-toxic, durable, low
                                                                                                                 to come.
                                                                                                                 Comes in a variety of styles: pohutakawa,
                                                           density                                                                                                                 Available in either
            Wraps                                          foam. Ver-
                                                                                                                 flax,blue cats, Buzzy Bee, jolly pirates, Lightning
                                                                                                                 Mcqueen, patchwork teddy bears, paua, pink                        Cotton or Merino
 For all year round! (100 x 130cm) Stretchy and            satile baby                                                                                                 Visit www.bellaroo.co.nz for sizes, style and to
                                                                                                                 ballerinas, pinstripe nursery, spiral koru, trains.
 perfect to swaddle babies, and ultra soft to lie          seat for use                                                                                                                 buy your sling online. Type in
                                                                                                                 Retail price: $22.00
 against delicate skin. Can also be used as a cot          on any level                                                                                                                 the code "WAPC" when check-
 blanket later on. The natural crimp of the merino         surface,                                                                                    Members’                         ing out, to get the discount!
 fibre enables it to trap air effectively, thus insulat-   with     full                                                                                 price:
 ing the body from the cold, and because merino            supervision.                                                                                                                  Retail Price Cotton $69.00 or
                                                                                                                                                        $21.00                           Merino $85.00
 fibre breathes with the wearer it means there is
                                                           Comes in a
 no unpleasant clammy sensation and can be used
 in warm or cool weather. A large selection of
                                                           variety of                                                                                                                         Members’ price
                                                           colours:                                                                                                                           Cotton $60.00
 modern colours available. Retail price $55.00
                                                           yellow, blue, lime, aqua, lilac, red. Tray: white
            Members’ price $49.00                                                                                                                                                              Merino $75.00
                                                             Members Price with tray: $113.00
                                                            Members Price without tray: $102.00                                                                                                      Continued on page 42
                                                                                                                               To order any of our products and for further information, please email
                                                                                                                 products@westaucklandparents.org.nz or phone 021 731 599. See our website for further details on any
                                                                                                                                                           our products.

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