Sands New Zealand National Training

Sands Annual Training

Every year Sands New Zealand provides training for its members. The year of conference, Training is held the day before conference starts. On the alternate year from Conference training will take place at a location around New Zealand. Generally this is also held in winter.

The structure of this training is similar to that of Conference, however it is purely for Sands Volunteers from their area groups, and not open to the public.

As with Conference, the following aspects are covered:
  • AGM
  • Sharing time for Area Groups displays
  • Workshops and seminars with keynote speakers

The training is generally run over a Friday, Saturday and finishing around lunchtime on the Sunday. 
It is a requirement that all new groups attend the full 3 day training within 2 years of starting their group. It is then recommended that at least one member of your group then attends a training session at least every 2 years. Please refer to member guidelines for more information on training.

The Next Sands New Zealand Training

Sands New Zealand National Training
5-6 November 2016
Novotel Ellerslie, Auckland

Our 30th Anniversary:
Celebrating Our Past and Creating Our Future
30th Anniversary
It is our 30th Anniversary so we are planning on reflecting and where we have been and where we are going. Saturday night we are hope you will join us for dinner and share in this amazing milestone. The training fee includes lunches, morning tea, afternoon tea, banquet dinner, and proceedings.

This year program aims to be filled with lots of information, learning and time to share ideas just a few topics we are planning on covering are:
  • Running a support group and phone support
  • Supporting a bereaved person
  • Supporting a bereaved child
  • Supporting Dads, and the male grieving process
  • Making memories
  • Helping families celebrate their babies
  • Applying for funding

Training starts at 9am on Saturday 5 November and ends 1.30pm Sunday 6 November 2016.

You are responsible to arrange your own transportation to and from training.
We will try and accommodate airport pickups - if you have book flights please let Amie know when you are arriving so we can arrange group pickups.

Training Cost:
$225 Subsidised to $100 per person. This includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch, training costs, and Saturday night dinner. Thanks to a funding grant Sands New Zealand is able to subsidise training, however we urge you to apply for funding for your own transportation and accommodation.

The Novotel and Ibis Ellerslie are connected hotels (share the same foyer). The special rate we have been given is Ibis $199 per room and Novotel $219 per room, based on either twin share or queen room. Twin share is 2 double beds in one room and must be shared between 2 people. Queen is 1 queen bed in one room and can be single or double occupancy. All prices include breakfast for each guest staying. You do not have to stay onsite, you may stay elsewhere. The suggested accommodation are easy options for out of town attendees.

Ibis Accommodation
Twin Share - $99.50 per person per night
Queen Room - $199 per night (1 or 2 occupancy)

Novotel Accommodation
Twin Share - $109.50 per person per night
Queen Room - $219 per night (1 or 2 occupancy)

Extra Dinner Guests $50 per person

Memory sharing
There will be a table (and session) available to display memory items that have been made or brought for our babies. If you have an item and feel comfortable in share, please bring this along to display. If it is purchased the supplies detail would be great for sharing also.

Got questions?
If you have any questions please email: Amie Whenuaroa


Paying for Training

Please select a payment option below:


Please deposit the amount above into:

Account name: Sands New Zealand
Account number: 03 1555 0050567 00

Please use your name and Sands Group as reference.