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    Northland Community Educator Team


    Area: Whangarei North

    Name: Vicki Sadgrove


    Phone: (027) 268 4973 or (09) 437 6876


    Name: Barbara Leslie

    Area: South of Whangarei to Te Hana


    Phone: (027) 530 6221 or (09) 437 6881


    Northland Office Contact

    Telephone: 09 437 6876

    Postal: PO Box 641, Whangarei, 0140



    Regular Meetings & Groups

    Support Groups


    Held the first Friday of every month starting at 10:30am. There is always a Guest Speaker or some sort of entertainment. Held at the Kamo Club, Meldrum Street, Kamo. A Trading Table is available and there is always a raffle.


    Held the third Thursday of each month. Usually at the St. John’s Ambulance Hall on Kerikeri Road starting with Music & Voice Exercises then meeting at 11.00am, lunch to follow. Sometimes they venture out to local cafes and private homes. Once again members should check the newsletter. We endeavour to provide Guest Speakers at as many meetings as possible and members are welcome to make suggestions of who they would like. Please bring a plate for a shared lunch. 


    Held the third Tuesday of every second month. Usually at the Union Parish Hall at 11.00am then go on to buy lunch at the Hope Cafe.


    Held the first Thursday every second month. Usually a Morning Tea meeting at 10.00am either at the Community Services Centre Dargaville Hospital or at one of the local Rest Homes. If numbers are sufficient then sometimes they venture out to local places of Interest or cafes. Contact Barbara for times and venues.


    Held on the 3rd Friday of every month at the Waipu Presbyterian Church Hall. Contact Barbara to confimr details. 

    Exercise Groups

    Walking Group

    Whangarei: A group of keen walkers meet every Monday morning and walk one of the many beautiful walkways we have around the city and adjacent beaches etc. A very enthusiastic group who have already conquered Mt. Parihaki via the Dundas Road track which is a lot steeper than the Mair Park track. If there was enough interest another group could be organized for those who can only manage short walks. So a challenge to all Parkinson’s couch potatoes to give walking in a supportive group an honest try. Bring your walker if you need to use one, your walking stick or hiking stick, whatever aid is required. Just get out, get fresh air and there is always good company. Please phone Margaret Page 09 435 6239  or email if you are interested. No cost.

    Dargaville: Bi-monthly on the first Thursday. Contact Alison Robertson 09 439 7798. No cost.

    Singing/ Voice Training Group

    Held every Tuesday 10:30-11:30am at the New Hope Church on Nixon Street, Whangarei. Come along and join in the singing. The ability to hit the right note or keep a tune is not necessary and does not take away the fun of belting out the good old songs we all know. It’s not about the singing, it’s about posture, expanding your chest, facial exercises and getting your voice out there. The aims of this group are: 1. To have fun 2. To counterbalance the softening of the voice and the flattening of the tone. 3. To strengthen the lungs and enunciation. Contact Community Educator Vicki Sadgrove 09 437 6876 if you would like to join. No cost.


    Whangarei: Every Thursday 2.15pm to 3pm @ Whangarei Aquatic Centre.$4.50 entry fee.

    Physiotherapy Groups

    Whangarei: Every Tuesday, 2-3pm, at Kensington Gym Classes taken by Isobel Finlayson Physiotherapist. $2 entry fee.

    Kaitaia: Instructor on maternity leave.

    Tai Chi Kerikeri

    Every Tuesday, 3pm, at at Cornerstone, cnr Kerikeri Road & Heritage By-pass. $2 entry fee.

    Ballroom Dance Class

    Every Wednesday, 2-3pm, at Instep Dance Studio, 42 Reyburn House Lane, Town Basin, Whangarei. $5 entry fee.

    Movement for PD Classes

    $2 per person. Participants need to wear grip socks, ballet shoes or barefeet.

    Whangarei: Starting 7 February 2019 Every Thursday, 10:30-11:30am, at Kamo Club, Meldrum Street, Kamo. Contact Elizabeth on 09 436 0819

    Kerikeri: Every Wednesday, 10:45-11:15am, at Aligned Movement Studio, 11 Cobham Road, kerikeri. Contact Alyssa 021 022 45016

    Carers’ Only Groups 


    Meet every second month usually at the home of Elizabeth Swift, 18 Markson Avenue, Onerhai at 10am for Morning Tea. All Caregivers are welcome. Phone Elizabeth on 09 436 0691 if you are interested in attending.


    Generally meet every third Wednesday every second month at 2pm either meet at local café or someone’s home. Contact your educator for more information.

    Upbeat & Newly Diagnosed 

    Upbeat is a special interest group for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s under the age of 60. National Office organize an Outward Bound Course each year in Picton. An Upbeat Conference is usually held every second year for those diagnosed under 60 and they can attend these conferences until they reach the age of 65.

    In Northland we have formed a very social group along with the Newly Diagnosed and they meet from time to play Table Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and other exciting things or sometimes just for lunch or coffee.

    Contact Lorraine Kokich 09 434 6874 if you are interest in attending these groups.



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