Marlborough Children's Team

Marlborough Children's Team illustration“Our mokopuna are our greatest treasure, so the Marlborough community is committed to supporting our most vulnerable children and their families” -   Dr Lorraine Eade, Marlborough Children’s Team Director

The Marlborough Children’s Team was launched on 17 November 2014.

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 Marlborough Children’s Team:

  1. download and complete the referral and consent form [DOCX, 1002 KB]

Then drop the completed form off to our office in Blenheim. Alternatively, you can also email or call (03) 579 1072 for a member of our team to come and collect it. The forms should be in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Children’s Team and marked ‘Private and Confidential’.

Please do not email the referral form with any personal information about the child or family/whānau.

If you have any questions about referring a child to the Marlborough Children's Team, email: or call the team on (03) 579 1072.

Based in Blenheim, the Marlborough Children’s Team services the area inside the Marlborough District Council boundary. View a map of the Children’s Team boundaries [PDF, 2.4 MB].

Marlborough Buddy Day 2014More about the Marlborough Children’s Team

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley visited the Marlborough team on Buddy Day 2014, pictured right with Marlborough Mayor and LGG Chair Alistair Sowman and Children’s Team Director Lorraine Eade.

You can read the Marlborough Children's Team's Child Protection Policy here. [PDF, 688 KB]

Meet the Marlborough Children's Team

Marlborough Children’s Team Director, Dr Lorraine Eade

Lorraine joined the Marlborough Children’s Team from Canterbury DHB, where she worked as a project specialist from 2011-2014. Prior to that, Lorraine spent 10 years at Nelson Marlborough DHB, as the Mental and Māori Health Portfolio manager. 

Lorraine has been an active member of the Marlborough community for many years. She was a Justice of the Peace from 2002 to 2014, and recently retired from that role to become a Marriage Celebrant.

Lorraine also holds a number of community positions in Marlborough including being a Trustee on Te Runanga o Ngati Rarua, Trustee of Ngati Toarangatira Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust, a Board Member of St Marks Society Inc, a Board Member of Standards and Discipline New Zealand International Taekwon Do Foundation, and an iwi alternate on Te Putahitanga (South Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency).

Lorraine and her husband Dave also managed the Child Youth and Family Blenheim Family Home for two years. Lorraine and Dave were short term foster caregivers for several years. In addition, Lorraine’s skills were used as an iwi representative on the Child, Youth and Family Care and Protection Panel.

Lorrane’s tribal affiliations include Ngati Rarua and Ngati Toarangatira.

To contact Lorraine, email:

Marlborough Local Governance GroupMarlborough Children's Team Local Governance Group

Our Local Governance Group (LGG) is responsible for ensuring our Children’s Team has the capacity, resources and services to meet the requirements for a Child’s Plan. The group consists of senior managers across the Ministries of Education, Social Development and Justice, and the Marlborough District Health Board, as well as other key leaders in the iwi, health and social sectors.

Pictured: National Children’s Director Sue Mackwell visiting the Marlborough LGG meeting in November 2015.

The Marlborough LGG members are:

  • Alistair Sowman, Mayor of Marlborough District Council (Chair)
  • Amoroa (Molly) Luke, Ngati Rarua
  • Kaye MacDonald, Site Manager, Child, Youth and Family
  • Gail MacDonald, Manager, Maataa Waka Kite Tau Ihu Trust
  • Erika Ross, Director of Education, Ministry of Education
  • Beth Tester, CEO, Kimi Hauroa Wairau PHO
  • Simon Feltham, Marlborough Commander, NZ Police
  • Shane Graham, Te Puni Kokiri
  • Chris Walsh, Regional Manager, Presbyterian Support Upper South Island
  • Moira Underdown, Ministry of Social Development
  • Polly Cunningham, District Manager, Department of Corrections
  • Chris Fleming, CEO, Nelson Marlborough DHB


Marlborough Children’s Team Panel

Marlborough Children's Team panel

Pictured: Anne Best, Maggie Dewar, Diane Banbury, Jill Ford, Pat McEntyre and Mike Henderson

The Marlborough Children’s Team panel comprises of a range of sector experts and practitioners who are responsible for reviewing referrals,   assigning a Lead Professional to work with the child and family, and approving and monitoring the progress against the Child’s Plan. The panel provide clinical governance and guidance to the Children’s Team.

The Marlborough Children’s Team panel members are:

  • Diane Banbury (Social Workers in Schools)
  • Mike Henderson (Manager, Barnardos)
  • Rachel Patrick (Special Education Services)
  • Jane Hogg (Child Case Manager, Blenheim Police)
  • Maggie Dewar (Clinical Psychologist, Child Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Ripeka Houkamau (Clinical Team Leader, Te Piki Oranga)
  • Ally Court (Iwi representative)
  • Rachel Black (Manager, Womens Refuge)
  • Anne Best (Manager,  Resource Teacher Learning & Behaviour)
  • Dr David Bond (Paediatrician,  Wairau Hospital)