Eastern Bay of Plenty Children's Team

CAP illustration“Our team is passionate and enthusiastic about engaging with our whānau in a different way.  We are very excited and humbled by the community response.” – Donna Poynton, Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team Director

Refer a child

If you are concerned about a child (unborn to 18) you can refer them to the Children’s Team. Referrals to the Children’s Team can be made by agencies, practitioners (e.g. teachers and nurses), friends or the families themselves. We do not accept anonymous referrals and the family must verbally consent to the referral being completed. Read more about referring to Children's Teams.

To refer a child to the Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team:

  1. download and complete the referral form [DOCX, 295 KB] (external link)
  2. download and complete the consent form, with the child's family [DOCX, 111 KB]

Please do not email the referral form with any personal information about the child or family/whānau. The forms should be in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Children’s Team and marked ‘Private and Confidential’.

Then drop the completed form off to our office at 24 Pyne Street. Alternatively, you can also email or call for a member of our team to come and collect it.

If you have any questions about referring a child to the Eastern Bay of Plenty Children's Team, call Donna on: 029 350 0039 or email the team at: EBOP@childrensactionplan.govt.nz

 

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team covers the area from Matata in the west, to Waihau Bay in the East, and to Minginui in the south. Main communities in the area are Whakatane, Opotiki, Edgecumbe and Kawerau. View a map of the Children's Team boundaries [PDF, 1.4 MB].

Read the Eastern Bay of Plenty Children's Team Child Protection Policy. [PDF, 515 KB] (external link)

Minister Tolley lauches Eastern Bay of Plenty Childrne's TeamEastern Bay of Plenty Children's Team launch

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley launched the Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team on 30 October 2015.

The Whakatane District Council hosted around 80 guests at the launch, including Whakatane Deputy Mayor Judy Turner, Ministry of Justice Chief Executive Andrew Bridgeman, Ministry of Health Deputy Director-General Māori Health Teresa Wall, and local iwi and community leaders.

Minister Tolley lauches Eastern Bay of Plenty Children's TeamAround 400 vulnerable children will be eligible for the Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team.  These are children who don’t quite reach the threshold for statutory care, but who have multiple and complex unmet needs.  The Children’s Team wants to identify them earlier, and support them before their situation gets worse.

Children’s Teams put the child at the centre. They are not a new service, but are leading the way for a safer and more competent children’s workforce to work together in a fundamentally different way to support vulnerable children.

Kura kaupapa kapa haka group performanceLead Professionals in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Team come from CCS, Rural Education Activities Programme (REAP), Ministry of Education, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Tuwharetoa Ki Kawerau Health and Social Services,  Whakaatu Whanaunga, Whakatohea Iwi Social and Health Services, Tuhoe Hauora and Family Works.

They are ready to support vulnerable children and their families with one coordinated plan.

Pictured left:

Minister Tolley chatting with Children’s Team Director Donna Poynton, and National Children’s Director Sue Mackwell

Kura kaupapa Kapa Haka group performing at the launch.

Meet the team

EBOP teamThe Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team are Children’s Team Director, Donna Poynton, Team Administrator Ani Nuku and Workforce Lead George Brown.

Pictured right is Donna, George and Sue Mackwell, National Children’s Director.

 

Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team Director – Donna Poynton

Donna worked with Relationships Aotearoa as a senior practitioner from 2007-2012 delivering a range of services across the Bay of Plenty and then as the Manager Clinical Services from 2012-2015 managing the delivery of services across the Waikato Hauraki and Rotorua areas. Donna has specific expertise in the areas of domestic violence, family therapy, clinical supervision and facilitation. 

Donna is of Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Makino and Ngaiterangi descent through her father’s line and of Irish English descent on her mother’s side.

To contact Donna, email: Donna.Poynton@childrensactionplan.govt.nz

 

Local Governance Group

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team’s Local Governance Group is comprised of key representatives from the local community, government agencies, non-government organisations and iwi. This group of community leaders ensures the Children’s Team Director has the resources necessary to address the needs of the vulnerable children and their family/whānau across the local community.

Eastern Bay of Plenty Local Governance Group members are:

  • Nicky Hampshire (Chair), Regional Manager - Special Education
  • Karen Smith, Business Leader Regional Community Services, Women Child & Family
  • Richard Miller, Senior Sergeant Prevention Manager
  • Huia McDonald, Te Kaiwhakarite
  • Klaus Herrmann, Whakatane Site Manager
  • Tayelva Petley, EBOP Operations Manager
  • Peter Waru, Regional Manager - midlands
  • Chris Majoribanks, CEO Tuwharetoa Ki Kawerau Health and Social Services
  • Maude Takarua, General Manager Te Tohu o te ora Ngati Awa Health & Social Sercices
  • Ian Linton, Practice Leader - Whakatohea Iwi Social and Health Services
  • Dan O'Brien, Registrar of the High Courts of New Zealand
  • Drew Manning, Principals representative, Whakatane Cluster of Schools
  • Pania Hetet, General Manager Tuhoe Hauora

Children’s Team Panel

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team panel is made up of a range of sector experts and practitioners who are responsible for reviewing referrals, assigning a Lead Professional to coordinate work with the child and their family, and approving and monitoring the progress against the Child’s Plan.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team panel members are:

  • Wendy Radford, Psychologist, Voyagers
  • Shirley Bond, RTLB Cluster Manager, Ministry of Education
  • Helen Hay, Youth Aid, NZ Police
  • Tom Brooks, Area Youth & Community Services Supervisor, NZ Police
  • Susanna Olivier, Resource Teaching Learning Behaviour, Ministry of Education
  • Evelyn Lander, Practice Leader, MSD - Child, Youth and Family
  • Glynette Gainfort , Family Therapist, STAND
  • Anna Hayward, Service Manager, Ministry of Education
  • Joan Honatana, Family Start Practice Leader, Whakatohea Iwi (Health Services)
  • Roka Melbourne, Family Start Practice Leader, Whakatohea Iwi (Health Services)
  • Pamela Day, Project Manager, Bay of Plenty District Health Board