We are a group of pro-active parents in the Dunedin area of New Zealand who have children with autism.

We are committed to helping organise and fundraise for intensive early interventions which help make easier the lives of affected children and their families.

News Archive

Here you will find all of our previous News articles that have been posted on the website.

May 10 2017

fundraising quiz at Mosgiel RSA Tues 30 May

It’s time for a fundraising quiz! It's ages since we last ran one. The venue will be doubly awesome: it's an RSA, and it's been recently refurbished! Can you organise a team?


Tuesday 30 May at 7pm


Just $5 per head!

Register your team with Megan 022 392 3212

or with the RSA 489 7182

It’s also listed as a Facebook event which might help if you use FB, as you get the reminders and so on. 


May 12 2016

Fundraising gala a great success

 All of us in the Otago Children’s Autism Support Group would like to thank you for your generous support at our inaugural fundraising gala on May 5th. 

The event exceeded all expectations, with a  massive $20,000 raised. This is a huge financial boost to our charitable trust and it means we can continue to provide one-on-one therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Your contribution makes a real difference to our kids and their families in their struggle to deal with this challenging disorder.

There’s a long list of super people we’ve mentioned on our Facebook page, including local businesses and prize donors, our auctioneer and musicians and other awesome people, kind parents, friends and family. Thanks all so much, and look out for news of future fundraising events.

February 17 2016

Fundraising gala coming up in May!

This year we’re trying something pretty different and ambitious for fundraising. Loads of people have been generous so far, and our team are hard at work organising what should be a fab evening. Can you help sponsor the night, or buy tickets and come along, or do you know people who might be keen? Watch our Facebook page for more info leading up to the event. 

June 16 2015

Paul Trani seminar 29th July

Dr. Paul Trani (Paediatrics, Dunedin Hospital) is giving a talk for interested parents and people who work with children with ASD called Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This seminar runs from 7.30PM - 9.30PM on Tuesday 29th July at Burns Hall in Moray Place, Dunedin (on the grounds of First Church). The cost is $10

Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an important and often fraught topic in the care and treatment of children affected by ASD.

Medical studies indicate that a large proportion of families of children with ASD are using CAM therapies. How do we integrate care?

The talk will run for about 45 minutes, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. As usual, all funds raised will go toward wages for ABA therapists.

Email Mel for more info. Hope to see you there.

June 03 2015

Tony Attwood seminar August 5

Seven of our parents are going to Tony Attwood's seminar 'Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders' on August 5.

This has been made possible by a grant from the The New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (NZFGW Otago Branch Community Award)

The Dunedin venue is Forsyth Barr Stadium, from 9.30-3.30pm.

Dr Tony Attwood is well known throughout the world for sharing his knowledge on autism spectrum disorders. He is an outstanding speaker and the author of a number of bestselling books on ASD.

Early bird registration ($195) closes on Monday 6 July 2015 (payment after this date is $215). Book online at www.creatingsuccess.co.nz

March 18 2015

Rotary Duck Race fundraiser

Rotary Club Dunedin East held their annual Duck Race on the Leith River last Sunday (15th March).

The Otago Children's Autism Support Group were again happy beneficiaries of their awesome organising and fundraising. The Trust received $3000 from the Rotary group, which as usual all goes towards wages for the therapists who are working with the children.

Thanks to Rotary for their ongoing support, and also to all the people who bought and sold raffle tickets, and to the companies who donated great prizes.

February 09 2015

Golf Fundraiser Sunday March 1

Our first golf day fundraiser is to be at Gladfield Golf Club, near Mosgiel. The format is Stableford. The cost is $25, to be paid on the day.

Tee off is at 1PM. Prize giving & raffles in club rooms afterwards. Fingers crossed for a good day, and we hope to see you there!

Please register by email ASAP as numbers are restricted.

tim.gibson@qv.co.nz or phone 021 151 2887

October 07 2014

Movie night fundraiser

We’re running a movie night fundraiser on Thursday 30th October at Metro Cinema, Moray Place, Dunedin. 

The film is Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014, UK). It’s the NZ opening night of the movie.

Tickets are $25. There are drinks & nibbles at 7.15PM, and the screening starts 7.45PM. Tell your friends, and get in touch for a ticket!

July 22 2014

Fire station quiz running again

We are running our annual fundraising quiz at the awesome Dunedin Central Fire Station again this year. The date is Thursday 14 August, 7pm (questions begin 7.30). Please pre-register your team by emailing mel@chopchop.co.nz

Hope to see you there! There is no EFTPOS, so please bring along some cash. There is a good bar and there should be decent prizes again, as the usual hard-working volunteer parents have been putting in heaps of work.

There will be a light supper provided. Thanks to the Dunedin Fire Station Social Club! Enter at the rear of the Central Fire Station (off Leith St).

February 24 2014

Oamaru workshop on ABA therapy

The Waitaki Trust is running an ABA workshop next month.

Thursday 20th March10am to 3pm

Moeraki room at The Brydone Hotel

$30 per person

If you are interested in attending, please contact someone from the Waitaki Trust directly. It will be especially beneficial for families new to ABA therapy or who have recently had their child diagnosed with ASD. 

Covered in the workshop:

• ISADD structure and therapy

• Individualised programmes

• What is Autism

• Early signs

• Child development

• Causes of autism

• ABA and research

• Compic system for language

Download the PDF flyer 

You can also see details of this (and other events) on the Waitaki Autism Trust’s Facebook page.

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