Diabetes NZ Waikato provides information, education, support and advocacy for people in the Waikato region affected by diabetes.
Angelica Von Reitzenstein
Diabetes Field Officer
Branch Vice President
Dietwrite (Newsletter) Editor
Diabetes NZ Waikato Branch runs education and support events throughout the year to assist people self-manage diabetes. These events and Meetings are designed to complement and enhance the services you receive from your GP practice and the regional DHB diabetes service.
We know there are times you need to talk through things, ask questions or need a little extra time to for things to be explained. We offer confidential and private one on one consultations with our Field Officer either via phone or face to face. To request confidential one-on-one support, you can contact us on 07-853-9854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DNZ advocates for all those affected by diabetes. Our national president works with the Ministry of Health to set standards of care for people with diabetes and at the regional level we work to raise the profile of diabetes. We can also provide personal advocacy on your behalf. For advocacy enquiries, you can contact us on 07-853-9854 or email@example.com
Diabetes NZ Waikato sells various products to assist with self-managing diabetes: blood glucose testers and lancets, glucose sweets for hypoglycaemia (low blood sugars), diabetes cook books and socks. Members receive 10% discount. To purchase prodcuts, you can contact us on 07-853-9854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton Support Group
Meet every fourth Tuesday at the Hamilton Combined RSA Club, 50 Rostrevor Street at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Contact us at the office to enquire about our rural support groups.
Pump Users Support Group
Meet every second month on the second Wednesday at 6.30pm, Hamilton Combined RSA Club, 50 Rostrevor Street.
CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS
Our annual diabetes kids camp was held the week of January 16th – 20th 2017. We returned to the Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp in Thames, as it provides a great range of activities and the staff value the importance of having such camps. Our theme was “Jungle Safari” with teams of giraffes, elephants, tigers, monkeys, and zebras! We had 33 children aged between 7 and 12 years attend our, including 8 children who joined us from the Bay of Plenty area.
The weather was great for camp week. Even with the threat of a weather bomb, this just resulted in a slight rearrange of the programme, but we managed to get all the outdoor and water-based activities in. The kids loved the arts and craft, team challenges, indoor sports, go karting, rifle range, archery, flying fox and Burma trail (for those over 10 years).
Just under half of the campers were first timers and it is always rewarding to see those who have attended before help out the “newbies”. This year we had five campers “graduate”, and for two of them it was their first and last kids camp. Hopefully, we will see some of them as mentors in a few year time.
We had a record number of teenage mentors this year, with three coming for Waikato and two from the Bay of Plenty - Daniel, Kate, Tash, Lola, and Jordan. Daniel had been before as a mentor, and Kate and Tash had both attended as campers when they were younger so got to see camp from the “other side”. It was great to be able to have a teenager with each group of campers and this is something that the kids really appreciate. They all took to the role as we want, by modelling diabetes management tasks and encouraging kids to be the best they can be. The mentors also ran a Living Beyond Session which was developed by Beyond Type 1; we were the first New Zealand camp to do this and it went really well.
Our staff members came from the Waikato DHBHospital, Bay of Plenty DHB, Raukura Hauora o Tainui, NZMS, Pharmaco, and Karapiro Charters. It is through their help these camps are a possibility for which we are very grateful.
We were lucky to have sponsorship from a range of sources this year including DV Bryant Trust, Waikato WDFF Karamu Trust, Trillian Trust, Universal Beef Packers, Safety & Apparel, and Diabetes Help Tauranga. This support is fantastic.
Overall, we had a great group of campers, mentors, and staff and the camp was a lot of fun. The feedback has been really positive from campers and their parents, recognizing the value of having a week with other kids “just like them” and also the break that it provides parents from the “tedious nature of diabetes”.