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Single Parent Conference

Filed under: Events — Julie @ 10:32 pm Wed 23rd October 2013

Our Themes for 2013
1) Single Parents you’re Brilliant, and;
2) Lose the labels

This is the first known conference ever for single parents made up of fathers and mothers who wish to start something from the ground. It’s a joint effort to bring attention to single parent families from a realistic perspective for who better knows what is needed and how to move forward than single parents themselves.

9.30am – 12.30pm Speakers

  • Senior Lecturer Dr Lesley Patterson (School of People, Environment and Planning)
  • Single Parent Julie Whitehouse
  • Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

1 – 2.30pm Speakers

  • Single Parent Aaron D’Souza
  • 1.30 – 1.45pm Dance Entertainment
  • Single Parent Jayesh Jain
  • Single Parent Alan Gibson

3pm – 5pm Speakers

  • Law Society on Family Court Law
  • IRD on Child Support
  • WINZ on welfare changes

We understand single parents will need to bring children if they don’t have means for childcare and have organized entertainment in a separate hall. 
10am – 11.30am

  • Clown, Juggler, Magician and Acrobat Le Cirque de JP will entertain children and caregivers in a hall attached through a foyer.

12.30pm- 5pm

  • Throughout the day children can play with toys, dressup clothing, arts and crafts and more.

BYO lunch, coffee, tea, etc provided.
COST: Gold coin donation
Date: 2nd November, 2013
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Place: Kelston Community Centre
Address: 135 Awaroa Rd, Sunnyvale 0602(corner of Great North Rd and Awaroa Rd – opposite Waikumete Cemetery) - MAP here
Sponsored by: Auckland Single Parent’s Trust and Te Kaitiakitanga Tamaki Makaurau o te Matua Kotahitanga


  1. Dear Julie,
    I may be detained by assignments and study, so will it be possible for me to purchase a record on DVD?

    It is good to see that you are including some input from the children’s perspective. CPAG appear more focussed on financial poverty (in essence how it impacts onto the parents) and are not so vocal about children’s developmental interests, which is really where children’s best interests should be defined.

    Best wishes, MurrayBacon.

    Comment by Murray Bacon — Fri 1st November 2013 @ 8:33 am

  2. As an example:
    SPINZ Suicide Prevention NZ offer their seminars as videos on their website, so that people away from Auckland, or otherwise busy, are able to see their presentations.

    Comment by Murray Bacon — Fri 1st November 2013 @ 11:10 am

  3. Thank you Murray for today. It was awesome to catch up with you too. 🙂

    Comment by Julie — Sat 2nd November 2013 @ 6:58 pm

  4. Dear Julie, I enjoyed your meetings positive focus. With Christmas looming, would you be interested to make up a small group for negotiating sensible Christmas access plans and supporting them to occur as planned? Cheers, Murray.

    Comment by Murray Bacon — Sun 3rd November 2013 @ 10:05 am

  5. Dear Murray, your choice of words leave the mind to wonder, lol.

    Negotiate as a team?

    I can’t even begin to imagine what’s going on in that precious mind of yours. 🙂

    Phone me or txt me with your phone number as it may take me days to find my address book. 027 250 9751.

    I really enjoyed yesterday and my mind is soaking in what was on offer. I would love to get your perspective.

    Comment by Julie — Sun 3rd November 2013 @ 2:42 pm

  6. Is that my computer leaking pheromones?

    Comment by Downunder — Sun 3rd November 2013 @ 8:16 pm

  7. Dear Bevan,

    A totally inappropriate snide comment from the sideline as you should be well aware of the dynamics.
    A major shame towards you.

    Kindest Regards

    Comment by Paul Catton — Sun 3rd November 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  8. Sorry

    Comment by Downunder — Sun 3rd November 2013 @ 8:53 pm

  9. Accepted.

    Comment by Paul Catton — Sun 3rd November 2013 @ 9:18 pm

  10. #6 – yes!!! I hope that you are not missing out? It appears that you are acute enough to sharpen axes from a distance? A telephone call would sort it out…. Paul, you are taking life too seriously.. bit of a worry. Monkey gland transplants might be in order, as Du suggests….

    Cheers, Murray – feel the love – Bacon, Axe murderer.

    Comment by Murray Bacon — Sun 3rd November 2013 @ 9:29 pm

  11. Hey Bacon man,, did you take some of my advice from last week – work together – unite parents – jojn forces etc…….

    Comment by hornet — Mon 4th November 2013 @ 6:23 am

  12. Lol Bevan. Being complimentary to the opposite sex is one of the perks women get when they get old. Plus, after 7 years of activism activists are more like brothers and sisters than the opposite sex. (another perk)


    For sure I will talk to anyone about activism though our men would be best for they are already working with ‘father and child’.

    One of the things that I am doing on the side, is creating a list of places men can go for refuge whether it’s to escape an unhealthy relationship or when beaten up so groups can refer. I am aware of 13 new men’s shelters created by MRAs and would like to add to it to create a list for the whole of Auckland.

    Comment by Julie — Mon 4th November 2013 @ 7:10 am

  13. #11 I get carried away and need to be regularly cut down to size.. Thanks, axe murderer.

    Comment by Murray Bacon — Mon 4th November 2013 @ 8:10 am

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