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    Bears on the Summit

    November is Diabetes Action Month! Join Diabetes Youth Auckland for a Teddy Bears Picnic on the Rangitoto summit!

    Bring Jerry the Bear or your favourite ‘betic toy along and help create awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. (PS get your Jerry at

    Setting off from the Downtown Ferry Terminal at 0915am and returning at approx 345pm. It will be a great day out meeting other families living with Diabetes, enjoying the natural beauty we have on our doorstep and building awareness of the things we do to live life well with T1D.

    Diabetes Technology Series

    Diabetes Technology Series
    Tuesday 6th,13th & 20th November – 7.00pm to 9.30pm

    Technology is rapidly changing, what does this mean for Diabetes? Join us for 3 evening sessions during November and learn about the Devices, Software and Advanced Tech that can be used as part of managing diabetes.

    Sessions will be interactive so come with lots of questions!

    Session 1 – Devices – 6/11
    - Guest speakers to present on the new Insulin Pumps and CGM systems – what these are, how they work, how to get the most out of them.
    - Miaomiao/Blucon

    Session 2 – Software – 13/11
    - Nightscout, Diasend, xDrip+, Spike, Glimp + other apps
    - Setting up followers
    - Where to go to get help on setting up

    Session 3 – Advanced Tech – 20/11
    - #wearenotwaiting movement – DIY Artificial Pancreas systems
    - OpenAPS, AndroidAPS, Loop – what these are and how they are being used

    Register for one or all the sessions below!

    2019 Childrens Summer Camp

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    Celebrating 50 Years, our annual Childrens Summer camp is going to fill up quickly!


    Feedback from a camper:

    “Hi my name is Grace and this was my first Summer Camp. I was really nervous because I didn’t know anybody and I didn’t want to go, but once I got there I soon made friends. I’m really not an outside person but I LOVED CANOEING. I wasn’t so sure about abseiling and the crates as I’m not a fan of heights but I gave them a go anyway and felt really good about it. Another great thing about camp was learning to do my own injections. I am a needle phobe and I was adamant I wasn’t going to do them myself but the nurses were so encouraging that I managed to do it. I was so happy and so were my parents.”

    Meet new friends

    They’ll be surrounded by other people just like them and for once they won’t be the only one testing and injecting – the whole camp will! Don’t worry if they don’t know anyone before camp – most kids don’t. Summer Camp is the easiest way to meet kids of a similar age with diabetes and in many cases form friendships that help them through the teenage years and beyond. Once they’ve made friends here it makes it more fun to catch up with them at other Diabetes Youth Auckland events. If children feel a bit unsure about being away from home that’s not uncommon and our camp team are trained to make sure everyone feels comfortable and help them make new friends.

    Build self confidence

    Daytime activities are led by MERC’s team of professional instructors who teach a mixture of land and water based activities including sea kayaking, body boarding, archery plus lots of fun team based activities all designed to enhance self-esteem and confidence.

    Gain independence with diabetes management

    It’s a fantastic opportunity for your child to learn more about diabetes management and gain some independence. Safety is our top priority. A Starship diabetes doctor is always available and diabetes nurse specialists supervise all diabetes management of campers. They are supported by overnight nurses, a dietician, reps from medical companies and group leaders who are older teenagers or young adults with type 1 diabetes.

    Take a break

    While your child is having fun at camp this is also a time for parents and family to have “time out” from diabetes management. This may be the first time you’ve had an overnight break since your child was diagnosed. We want you to be able to relax secure in the knowledge that your child is being well supported in managing his/her diabetes.


    Information Pack:

    Click Here to download

    To Apply:

    Complete the online Application form and pay the deposit online at

    Comedy Fundraiser


    Come along and support Diabetes Youth Auckland!

    A great night out including a 2 hour comedy showcase featuring 4-5 pro comedians, Live Auctions (including an e-bike valued at $1300), Raffles and Spot prizes.

    Your support directly helps youth and their families living with Type 1 Diabetes by allowing DYA to continue running our Camps, Education Events, and General Support in the Auckland region.

    There will be a cash bar available and bar snacks (fries etc).

    The team at DYA look forward to seeing you there!

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    2017 Teen Camp

    Teen Camp 2017 (1)

    Click here to read the Teen Camp information pack

    It tells you more about the location, accommodation, food, camp staff, transport, costs & carer support, camp programme of activities and what to bring.

    Click here to access the Teen Camp application form

    To apply you need to complete an application form, medical form, risk consent form and declaration – all contained in the application form link.

    Cost: $320 or $120 with Carer Support

    Includes transport, 2 nights’ accommodation at Lakewood Lodge, meals and outdoor activities.

    Limited to 30 places. Applications close 11 August 2017



    Kelly Tarlton’s Sleepover Review


    What was it like sleeping under the sharks? Stories from Brooke and Alex.

    From Brooke, age 8:

    The Kelly Tarlton Sleepover was my first get together with a diabetes group and I came along with my Mum. I have had type 1 diabetes for 12 weeks.

    When we arrived we got shown around Kelly Tarltons by the staff. We went through Scott Base and learnt heaps of things. We fed fish and played a game in the dark finding sea life with our torches – that was fun. We also had to put our hands in a bucket of iced water – the boys lasted longer than the girls. It is normally the girls that win this challenge.

    We set up our beds in the tunnel and got to sleep with the sharks, stingrays and other sea life swimming above. Most people in the group slept in the tunnel – it was heaps of fun and quiet in the part of the tunnel we slept in.

    In the morning we got up and had breakfast, then we went and saw the penguins. These are one of my favourite animals. We then went to seahorse kingdom.

    What a fun weekend. I got to know a boy from my school Alex better (we are the only 2 at school with Type 1 diabetes) and my Mum talked away to his Mum and other parents. Thanks to everyone that organised this night away. I am looking forward to Snow Planet next.

    From Alex, age 10:

    Hi, my name is Alex and I have had diabetes since I was 4 years old. This was my fourth time at the Kelly Tarltons one night sleepover. I had lots of fun, I even saw someone that goes to my school. Her name is Brooke.

    I met lots of friends that I have gotten to know at other diabetes events. These friends are very special to me because we have a lot in common and we know how it feels to have diabetes.

    My favourite part was when we learnt about the sealife plus the ice bucket challenge. We saw a turtle who had one of his legs bitten off by a shark. Kelly Tarltons are taking good care of him and nursing him back to good health. I hope he gets better soon and gets released back into the ocean.

    We got to hand feed the fish and it was very stinky. My mum wouldn’t let me touch her with my stinky hands.

    Mum and I slept in the tunnel under the crayfish. When the lights went out it felt quite mysterious – there were shadows in the water from the fish swimming around and the sealife felt bubbly.

    Thank you Kelly Tarltons for letting the diabetes group sleepover. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for next year.


    Committee Member Spotlight – Ana Steiner


    How long T1 has been part of your life? My daughter has had T1 for 3 1/2 years

    What’s your favourite low treatment? Mento’s

    Which one is your favourite DYA event? Rainbows end as we all had such fun and met new people

    Why did you decide to join the committee? I wanted to connect with other T1′s and families, and make a difference, especially reach out to newly diagnosed families as I remember the first year especially being so tough


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