What we do
We provide up to 12 fully funded 1-on-1 therapy sessions with registered mental health professionals for tamariki / children and mātātahi / young people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
Backed by our team of therapists’ insights, our free online resources are full of helpful tips for tamariki / children, mātātahi / young people and their whānau who are affected by serious illness or grief.
Our support kits are designed for tamariki / children, mātātahi / young people and mātua / parents and caregivers who are affected by serious illness (including mate pukupuku / cancer) and grief.
Explore our serious illness and grief kits
Serious illness and grief can feel overwhelming and isolating. That’s why we’ve created a range of serious illness (including mate pukupuku / cancer) and grief kits, so we can walk through this journey together.
With support kits specifically designed for tamariki / children and mātātahi / young people, plus mātua / parents and caregivers, the whole whānau is cared for. They’re free to download or you can contact us to request a printed copy.
To create a brighter future for young Kiwis affected by serious illness or grief within the whānau by supporting good mental health.
When a child is dying
Cancer kit: Parent info booklet about cancer
Cancer kit: Cancer diary for kids (5-12yo)
Discover our free online resources
For anyone affected by serious illness (including mate pukupuku / cancer) or grief, we have extensive online resources that can help. Full of helpful tips and advice that’s backed by our team of therapists, you can find how-tos on a wide range of topics.
Our online resources can help you talk to your tamariki / children, mātātahi / young people and wider whānau about some of life’s most difficult things. This includes everything from how to support a grieving taitamaiti / child to caring for a seriously ill one.
Grief, Wigs & Jellyfish: My month of winter swimming
In "Grief, Wigs & Jellyfish: My month of winter swimming," Emma Bartlett shares her experience of the winter swim challenge. Bereaved as a child, losing her mother at the tender age of 14, Emma's article is poignant, heartfelt and inspiring, confronting the cold truths of life, death, and the spaces in between. What emerges is a story of courage, community, and the healing power of shared experiences.
How to Support a Grieving Parent/Matua
Navigating grief is profound and personal. In her heartfelt piece, bereaved māmā, Jenny Zilmer offers insights and guidance on supporting a bereaved parent/matua.
Therapists’ corner: Cate Hey
Auckland-based Cate Hey is a Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist and one of our therapists at Kenzie’s Gift. She has more than 25 years’ experience working in child and adolescent mental health, and has worked closely with us for the past five years, supporting tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau.