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Support our Garden

Here's a little fundraiser to support our community garden. This is honey taken from our very own Dingwall hives and we're selling it for $25 per 750g jar. If you'd like to support us and buy a jar, please email nicole@dingwall.co.nz. All proceeds will go to fund garden initiatives. Limited stocks available.

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Celebrating social workers

Dingwall Trust staff took time out today to celebrate Tuesday’s International Social Work Day. We feted our social workers and personal advisors at a shared lunch and acknowledged the amazing work they do in supporting and guiding our children and young people. Here's a cross section of our team who work across management, Dingwall residential and Launch TCI (Transition from Care to Independence).

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Dingwall Association Picnic

The weather gods smiled on Dingwall Trust as it hosted the 67th annual Dingwall Association Picnic recently. Dingwall was delighted to welcome dozens of former residents and families, from across the decades, to reconnect with their former home and share stories of the past with the children and young people who currently live here. A formal welcome was followed by a round of friendly sports games between cottages (with former residents joining in), then a BBQ lunch, and finally presentation of the Dingwall Association Shield - this year won jointly by Fraser and Stewart cottages. Thank you so much to everyone who came and who helped out, especially ...

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Danijela returns!

Dingwall’s roving nutritionist Danijela Unkovich has returned from her overseas sojourn brimming with ideas for delicious healthy food to pass on to caregivers and children. Danijela took five months’ leave of absence to complete a diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends at Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary School this year. The course was three months long and Danijela also spent several weeks during July and August in Croatia, the birthplace of her parents, sampling traditional foods and cooking. She spent most of the time with her 85-year-old aunt who was able to pass on many of her own foodie secrets. And at the end of her course, ...

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New Dingwall Chief Executive Arrives

Dingwall Trust’s new CEO Claudine Young was welcomed into the community with a moving powhiri, attended by staff, children and board members this week. Staff and children performed at the ceremony, which Claudine said was a “wonderful” way to start her tenure at Dingwall. “Already I am feeling welcomed and bonded to this community, just in my first few hours here.” Claudine, who has a background in both social work and management of not-for-profit organisations, comes to Dingwall from CanTeen, where she worked for five years, the last two as chief executive. Prior to that, she worked at IHC and Muscular Dystrophy NZ. Originally from the ...

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Dingwall Director departs after 18 years at the helm

The departure of Tracie Shipton after 18 years as Dingwall Director was marked by a moving farewell ceremony, that included song and performance by children at the end of August. Each and every staff member and child who took part in organising, performing, or speaking at the farewell must be congratulated for pulling together an event that was professional but also hugely meaningful and dignified – a very fitting send off for a much-loved leader. Guests included Tracie’s family, board members, MPs, former residents and members of the Dingwall Association, former staff members, MPs and Oranga Tamariki executives. At the outset, Tracie was gifted ...

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS

French Cottage has heeded environmental warnings and is spear-heading Dingwall’s efforts to do better by outlawing plastic bags – especially for school lunches. More than 160,000 plastic bags are used every SECOND around the world, so it is time to take action. With the help of nutritionist Danijela Unkovich, French is reducing the use of plastic packaging by turning to bulk storage and eliminating pre-packaged products in the pantry. The cottage has also purchased high-quality bento-style food boxes that keep school lunches fresh and tasty while eliminating the use of 35 snaplock bags every day!French caregivers Lomenia and Evanjica are challe...

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SAD NEWS

Sadly, Dingwall lost a long-time supporter recently when secretary of the Dingwall Board of Trustees Kevin Rainey passed away after a short illness. Kevin’s Dingwall involvement began in 1992. He was not only the secretary but also responsible for the financial management and reporting of the trust through his family firm at Sotherton’s accounting. Director Tracie Shipton says “Kevin leaves behind a close knit family. Kevin will be sorely missed by many he was a kind and principled gentleman with a strong connection to our Dingwall Kaupapa.”

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FARWELL TO MEL

The end of May saw a bitter-sweet farewell for Mel Morunga as she departed after 21 years of working at Dingwall. Children, carers and staff outdid themselves organising the evening with outstanding performance and superb kai ─ their efforts conveyed the respect and appreciation felt for the much-loved team leader. A beautiful hangi was prepared and put down thanks to the efforts of many staff members, while others helped the children to put together a string of stunning performances that brought many to tears. The attendance of several former Dingwall residents was testament to the tremendous legacy Mel leaves behind.

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LOVE POTION

Children and carers from Thode, Fraser and Buttle were treated to a night at the New Zealand Opera in May to see The Elixir of Love, by Donizetti. Starring Pene Pati of SolE Mio fame, it was an amusing country tale of a bumbling hero using a “love potion” to help secure the affections of his true love. Of course the whole thing back fired in an unexpected way, but a happy ending was finally achieved! The children were particularly taken with the clever but quirky set, including farmyard animals. The subtitles for the Italian opera were also very irreverent and provided many laughs. Photo credit: Simon Watts

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