Barnardos Stories
Barnardos Stories

Our mahi continues to make real, positive change.

While our main effort will always be to improve children's lives, we're also conscious to have a positive impact on everyone around them, like parents, caregivers, and educators. Meet some of the people who have benefited from Barnardos and our work in the past.

Making home safe

Ana (10) lives with her mum, dad and two sisters (11 and 7). When we first met Ana, she was displaying behavioural concerns that were impacting on her and her family: defiance, aggression, and disconnection from her siblings due to fighting.

Learning across generations

Finding care and learning that works for each individual child can be hard. Some children thrive in our early learning centres and can’t wait to return for another day of fun and exploration. 

Ngā Pou ē Whā

In her mahi and whanaungatanga with Barnardos kaimahi, the kura she works within, her community, and most importantly, with tamariki and whānau, Terehia lives and breathes the principles of Ngā Pou ē Whā.

Learning that goes extra mile

Thomas is an energetic and curious little boy. He was four years old when he started with Barnardos Home Based Educator Aileen. 

Repairing Trust

Four-year old Tania, her 14-year old brother Sam and nine-year old sister May had been living with their aunty for the last two years. They’d been removed from Mum and Dad’s care because of family violence, alcohol misuse and Mum’s mental health issues.

Potential reignited

Twenty-two year old mother, Moana, watches Kingston and Harmony play happily together in their backyard. She smiles at how well her two and three year olds are now doing. 

Building strong foundations

The tamariki at our Lower Hutt Early Learning Centre are participating in a very exciting project this year – the redevelopment of their centre. Earlier this year they moved next door into their temporary centre.