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Ngā Anahera Pākira – Bald Angels – a bit about us….

Children in their new warm coats
Northland kids keeping warm in coats donated from Auckland kids. This is what communities working together looks like!

Kai Ora and welcome!

We believe all taitamariki (children and young people) deserve to be nourished; physically, mentally and spiritually. All children need hope, self respect, resilience and pride. Our mission is to motivate communities to nourish their own tamariki so that they can THRIVE.

Manaakitanga- looking after each other is what we can all do more of. If we ALL looked after just our own neighbours, imagine how different the world would be. We’d love you to join us and help to make a difference in our kids lives.

Who are we? We’re just a bunch of ordinary folk motivating other ordinary folk… and some really EXTRAORDINARY folk… doing some really good stuff.

For What we do, Why, and Where (see more below)

What – We are a registered New Zealand charity. We fundraise. We gather. We grow. We nurture.

  • We engage and mobilise our community with shindigs, parties, and events to raise funds.
  • In the spirit of manaakitanga we partner with the Police, Plunket, Women’s Refuge, Social Services, Public Health organisations and Foodbanks to tautoko (support) the kids needing it.
  • In the spirit of  whanaungatanga we connect our communities to gather donated warm stuff, food and toys and then redistribute 1000’s of items every year to families in need across Te Tai Tokerau (Northland , NZ).
  • Our mahi (work) is all about developing and supporting projects that nourish and enhance the lives of our taitamariki (children and young people) 

What do we actually do? Our annual projects include these listed here. Go to EVENTS & PROJECTS to learn more about each one, and if you’d like to volunteer flick us a message using the contact form to the right of this page… if you’d like to DONATE now, just click the pink DONATE button on this page-or you can deposit direct to the Trust Account: 03-0351-0240110-00 Ref: Donation. (Tax receipts available -Just email us with info.

Why the name? Because of that first fundraiser- Angels going bald.We’ve stayed doing the hairy stuff since then!  Our Māori name, Ngā Anahera Pākira was gifted to us by our kaumatua, Arana Muro.

Why do we do what we do? Because all tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) deserve to thrive.

Where? In the BEST COMMUNITY in the WORLD! We’re so lucky to be based in The Bay of Islands, Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), Aotearoa (New Zealand). That’s home for us. But we reach our our tentacles like a friendly, huggy octopus all over the world.

Our piece of South Pacific paradise is dotted with pretty islands,  with white sandy beaches, magnificent forests, rare wildlife (nothing that can harm you!) and mind-blowing landscapes with incredible people and an extraordinary spirit. Not bad, huh?

But, sadly, in Te Tai Tokerau we have possibly the highest cases of poverty in Aotearoa. We have the highest incidence of rheumatic fever and very little infrastructure to support the layout of our isolated communities. Public transport hardly exists. Surprisingly, many whanau (families) are living without running water and electricity. Access to services can often be problematic, in some cases, extremely difficult. Our region also has some of the highest rates of truancy, child deafness and tragically, youth suicide, in NZ and the western world.

However, we are convinced that, in spite of the sad statistics above, we can truly claim WE HAVE THE BEST COMMUNITY in the world.

if you’d like to DONATE now, just click the pink DONATE button on this page-or you can deposit direct to the Trust Account: 03-0351-0240110-00 Ref: Donation. (Tax receipts available -Just email us with info.

Kai Ora and welcome!

We believe all taitamariki (children and young people) deserve to be nourished; physically, mentally and spiritually. All children need hope, self respect, resilience and pride. Our mission is to motivate communities to nourish their own tamariki so that they can THRIVE.

Manaakitanga- looking after each other is what we can all do more of. If we ALL looked after just our own neighbours, imagine how different the world would be. We’d love you to join us and help to make a difference in our kids lives.

Who are we? We’re just a bunch of ordinary folk motivating other ordinary folk… and some really EXTRAORDINARY folk… doing some really good stuff.

For What we do, Why, and Where (see more below)

What – We are a registered New Zealand charity. We fundraise. We gather. We grow. We nurture.

  • We engage and mobilise our community with shindigs, parties, and events to raise funds.
  • In the spirit of manaakitanga we partner with the Police, Plunket, Women’s Refuge, Social Services, Public Health organisations and Foodbanks to tautoko (support) the kids needing it.
  • In the spirit of  whanaungatanga we connect our community to gather donated warm stuff, food and toys and then redistribute 1000’s of items every year to families in need.
  • Our mahi (work) is all about developing and supporting projects that nourish and enhance the lives of our taitamariki (children and young people) 

What do we actually do? Our annual projects include these listed here. Go to EVENTS & PROJECTS to learn more about each one, and if you’d like to volunteer flick us a message using the contact form to the right of this page… if you’d like to DONATE now, just click the pink DONATE button on this page-or you can deposit direct to the Trust Account: 03-0351-0240110-00 Ref: Donation. (Tax receipts available -Just email us with info.

Why the name? Because of that first fundraiser- Angels going bald.We’ve stayed doing the hairy stuff since then!  Our Māori name, Ngā Anahera Pākira was gifted to us by our kaumatua, Arana Muro.

Why do we do what we do? Because all tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) deserve to thrive.

Where? In the BEST COMMUNITY in the WORLD! We’re so lucky to be based in The Bay of Islands, Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), Aotearoa (New Zealand). That’s home for us. But we reach our our tentacles like a friendly, huggy octopus all over the world.

Our piece of South Pacific paradise is dotted with pretty islands,  with white sandy beaches, magnificent forests, rare wildlife (nothing that can harm you!) and mind-blowing landscapes with incredible people and an extraordinary spirit. Not bad, huh?

But, sadly, in Te Tai Tokerau we have possibly the highest cases of poverty in Aotearoa. We have the highest incidence of rheumatic fever and very little infrastructure to support the layout of our isolated communities. Public transport hardly exists. Surprisingly, many whanau (families) are living without running water and electricity. Access to services can often be problematic, in some cases, extremely difficult. Our region also has some of the highest rates of truancy, child deafness and tragically, youth suicide, in NZ and the western world.

However, we are convinced that, in spite of the sad statistics above, we can truly claim WE HAVE THE BEST COMMUNITY in the world.

if you’d like to DONATE now, just click the pink DONATE button on this page-or you can deposit direct to the Trust Account: 03-0351-0240110-00 Ref: Donation. (Tax receipts available -Just email us with info.

A little bit of History

How it all began

After several years battling illness, our founder, a 49 year old mother and business woman,  became motivated by a need to make a difference after reading an news article about a 2year old child with a terminal illness. She approached a young mum whom she thought might join her plans to run a campaign to raise money. Initially, the young mum said yes, but was not prepared to go bald and lose her luscious long locks for the cause. The grand plan was to gather 100 people and raise $100thousand  for Kids in Hospice Mid North. A big plan.

Making the commitment to go ahead if they could get 10 people signed up in a week, they posted on a local cafe  Facebook site. They had 12 signed up in 7days, so there was no backing out. Six weeks later they had enlisted volunteers, hairdressers, sponsors and the community at large. Ten hairdressers shaved 62 people completely bald on stage, and over $45thousand was raised. All that money was donated to Hospice for the Memory Making Moments project, supporting families facing very traumatic times. Not quite the target, but an extraordinary effort for a small town.

Oh, and the young mum with the long hair-yep, she went as bald as a baboon’s bum with her older friend, who’d found her new calling.

Since then, the Charity has grown organically and become a vehicle for community connectivity and good will (Manaakitanga and whanaungatanga). Registered with NZ Charities Services in 2013, and with dedicated Trustees and a handful of keen volunteers, they now run multiple projects supporting taitamariki (children and youth) in Northland, NZ.

A massive event in 2015 saw 462 heads shaved in one hour, raising over $65 thousand for Bald Angels Charitable Trust and earning a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. https://www.baldangels.org.nz/big-head-shave-2015-gallery/

The name stuck, but the organisation is not just about sick or cancer kids; it’s about ALL kids in our own communities reaching their potential.

Northland does unfortunately have some of the worst statistics in the OECD for child poverty, rheumatic fever, hearing loss from untreated ear infections, and skin disease exacerbated by poverty and the sub tropical climate. It also has some of the highest incidences of youth suicide, truancy and youth unemployment.

It just takes that one pebble to cause a big ripple

Get Involved

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Na tau rourou, na taku rourou, ka ora nga tamariki – With your food basket & my food basket, together we can make a difference for our children.

Being an Angel – because ALL kids deserve to thrive

  • Let’s nourish our tamariki (children); mentally, physically, spiritually, socially
  • Let’s provide relief to tamariki & taitamariki (youth) in rural and urban Northland communities who are disadvantaged, in poverty, or at-risk in some way
  • Let’s support, guide and empower our taitamariki in whichever way we can meet their needs so they become healthy, resilient and strong adults
  • Let’s promote education & health to improve the lives of all tamariki

…and let’s fundraise together so we can achieve the above objectives.

Bald Angels Charitable Trust [New Zealand Charities Services Registered CC50983]

Ngā Anahera Pākira Cultural Awareness Policy

Ngā Anahera Pākira (Bald Angels) will develop/maintain bi-cultural practices. It is recognised that cultural appropriateness in this context means the relationship between Maori people as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and non Maori of other ethnic origin.

Bald Angels will ensure the cultural safety of participants by ensuring we adhere to the following:

  1. Acknowledging that Bi-cultural practice is not a rigid process – it is a process of growing together.
  2. Bi-culturalism entails being aware of and respecting cultural difference.
  3. Access to and use of cultural advice will be free and made available for all with our Kuia and Kaumatua, Hana & Arana Munro
  4. Significant use of Te Reo and tikanga throughout service and programme delivery
  5. The use of Maori practice models – Te Whare Tapa Wha   (Ref: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/maori-health/maori-health-models/maori-health-models-te-whare-tapa-wha
  6. The use of practice tools supporting links to whanau, hapu and iwi.
  7. Client files will record ethnicity.

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    GUARDIAN ANGELS-  Kaitiaki

    Kaitiaki- protectors & guardians: these are our GovernanceTeam & Board Members-we’re in the process doing a wee intro bio for each, but here’s a quick hint at who we have.

    • Arena and Hana Munro– Kaumatua and Kuia, Maori Partnerships and Protocol (Ngati Rehia)
    • Thérèse Wickbom – Co-founder, CEO (AngelMama, Award Winning designer and big thinker)
    • Patricia Dargaville– Whanau and Community Liaison (Health and Social Kaimahi)
    • Sian Smith– Policy and Law (Policy Law and Advisor)
    • Annika Dickey– Treasurer (Chartered Accountant)

    And our super professional Business Advisory Angels:

    We have a flock of Angel hustlers and rustlers that do the mahi. If you’re keen to ruffle your feathers and get some free halo polishing, just contact us.

    GUARDIAN ANGELS-  Kaitiaki

    Kaitiaki- protectors & guardians: these are our GovernanceTeam & Board Members-we’re in the process doing a wee intro bio for each, but here’s a quick hint at who we have.

    • Arena and Hana Munro– Kaumatua and Kuia, Maori Partnerships and Protocol (Ngati Rehia)
    • Thérèse Wickbom – Co-founder, CEO (AngelMama, Award Winning designer and big thinker)
    • Bayley Moor– Youth Rep and Media/Communications (Journalist)
    • Patricia Dargaville– Whanau and Community Liaison (Health and Social Kaimahi)
    • Sian Smith– Policy and Law (Policy Law and Advisor)
    • Clare Danks– Administration and Projects (Entrepreneur, Business and Property Developer)
    • Annika Dickey– Treasurer (Chartered Accountant)
    • Anne Robinson– Projects & Health
    • Fiona Sharp– general Angel helper and rustler

    And our super professional Business Advisory Angels: