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BALLET TREAT

Dingwall children and caregivers were treated to an afternoon at the ballet in early September, thanks to the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Vodafone Foundation. They saw the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet, a ballet created entirely in New Zealand, including choreography, set design and costumes. The afternoon began at Lifewise Merge Café, a not-for-profit café that works to end homelessness. Guests enjoyed a delicious feast and got to meet Auckland actor Mike Edward (Shortland Street, Filthy Rich). RNZB corporate development manager Diane Field spoke to the group about what they were about to see and the years of training and daily hours of ...

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POWERFUL SUPPORT

A big thank you to newly renamed Naumi Auckland Airport hotel for supporting Dingwall by way of its Power Lunch menu. The bento-box style lunch is designed to be fast and delicious for business diners either as a working lunch or for getting back to business quickly. Naumi is donating 15 per cent of all lunches sold to Dingwall Trust. The Kirkbride Road hotel is under new ownership and has also recently undergone a stunning interior renovation employing the vibrant blue/green/purple hues of the New Zealand tui. General manager Chris Dickinson says “In line with our group’s overall corporate social responsibility initiatives, we continuously strive ...

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L’OREAL AT KAIAUA

Strong winds and threatening rain failed to dampen spirits during the L’Oréal Citizen Day at Dingwall’s Kaiaua property in late July. Around 200 people were on site including 120 L’Oréal staff who threw themselves into multiple tasks. L’Oréal teams planted hundreds of shrubs, rebarked the playground, and painted and redecorated “the Black House”. Many staff also turned their hands to entertaining the Dingwall children, who had arrived at lunchtime, with face painting and art and craft activities, soccer games and beauty makeovers for caregivers and older girls. L’Oréal also entertained and cooked for a group of recent refugee women ...

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PROJECT FRASER

Fraser Cottage underwent an extreme makeover during the July school holidays, thanks to Kristin College students. The Kristin Prefect Project takes place every year and, in 2017, the students made Dingwall their focus, holding a fundraising event, planning the cottage makeover, then carrying out the work over five days. The 22 prefects, assisted by tradies, parents and school staff, repainted and redecorated six bedrooms, the games room and the main lounge of Fraser Cottage. They also upgraded the cottage courtyard and provided outdoor play equipment for the children. The results were outstanding and the children of Fraser were overwhelmed by what ...

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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Dingwall celebrated USA Independence Day with a visit from US Vice Consul Aric Sottler and an all-American feast, organised by on-site nutritionist Danijela Unkovich. Aric and Mara Hosoda, youth specialist, also from the United States Consulate General in Auckland, were first given a tour of Dingwall and the Garden to Table project, then taken to the hall and greeted warmly by children and caregivers. Aric explained the history and significance of the July 4th Independence Day celebrations and answered the children’s many questions. They thanked him by way of song and a rousing haka. Formalities over, the feast began with each cottage having ...

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FIRST TASTE OF OPERA

  On June 20, seven girls from Dingwall (aged seven to 13) were treated to a performance by NZ Opera of Carmen, one of the world’s best-loved compositions. It was the girls’ first opera experience and they were enthralled by the three-act creation, enjoying the singing (solos, duets and ensemble numbers) as well as the set design, costuming and live orchestra. The drama and passion of Carmen is something the girls will never forget – one said: “Watching Carmen made me think about love and how to share love with everyone around you. I think it was all about don’t fight over the one you love.”  Thank you to NZ Opera and the Manchester ...

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VOYCE OF THE CHILDREN

  Dingwall played an integral role in the launch of VOYCE, an organisation set up to advocate for children in care and care-experienced children. www.voyce.org.nz The launch was held at The Grounds in Henderson, a child and young person- focused venue, in fact the whole event was centred on children and young people. Dingwall children provided all the entertainment and performed a waiata and four other items. Director Tracie Shipton said: “They were incredible and it made the whole event a stirring reminder of the enormous talent we have in our midst. As always the commitment of staff made this possible!”               ...

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The Dingwall Trust presents “Fresh from the Garden”

The Dingwall Trust is proud to present their cookbook “Fresh from the Garden”, containing a collection of over 70 garden-inspired recipes from the Dingwall Trust community. In August 2015, with the help of L’Oréal NZ, Dingwall established an onsite organic community kitchen garden in association with Garden to Table, a food literacy program targeted at school-aged children, which now sees the children in their care participating in weekly gardening and cooking lessons.   “Fresh from the Garden” is inspired by Dingwall’s kitchen garden adventures and contains recipes that use food items that can be sourced from nature, such as ...

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A Night at the Movies – Dingwall Fundraiser

On Tuesday the 30th of June Dingwall is hosting a movie fundraiser to raise money for our onsite community garden!

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Dingwall Grieves the Passing of Rachal

UPDATE - FUNERAL NOTICE: A service will be held for Rachal on Wednesday 17 June, at 1pm at Dingwall Trust, 8 Dingwall Place, Papatoetoe, Auckland. All are welcome to come and pay their respects as we celebrate the life of Rachal.

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