Now and Next™ - New Zealand (McKenzie Centre)

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McKenzie Centre

30 Hammond Street

Hamilton, 3204

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The Now and Next group programme helps parents, whanau and carers develop skills to achieve positive outcomes for their child, family and self.

This program is for families of children with disability or developmental delay.

Now and Next has been developed by Sylvana Mahmic (CEO, Plumtree- Sydney Australia) and Dr Annick Janson (Clinical Psychologist and Positive Psychology Researcher) both of whom are parents of young men who have a disability. They developed this programme because they learnt that a positive vision and a focus on strengths is the best foundation for your child and family’s future.

Over 300 participants have completed this award-winning programme in the past 2 years. We have run groups for Vietnamese, Arabic and Korean speaking families, and hope to extend this to other languages in future. Now and Next has been delivered in Australia, New Zealand and Finland. Watch this 6-minute clip where they describe what they gained from the programme.

Programme overview

The programme is delivered in 4 full day sessions (9:00am - 3:00pm) held over a five-week period. Through fun and engaging activities, you will:

  • Identify a vision and write goals for your child, family and self;

  • Learn how to use our 'goal to action' strategy to achieve your 3 goals during the program;

  • Reflect on your child, personal and family strengths using the Now and Next Mindfulness colouring in book;

  • Identify your signature strengths and how to use them to achieve positive outcomes;

  • Learn how to create positive relationships with professionals;

  • Learn how to improve your child, family and personal well-being;

Build a network of support

Past participants have greatly valued the group setting that brings together families raising children with a developmental delay or disability. A first of its kind in New Zealand, this parent led, evidence-based programme:

  • Provides a safe environment where families can openly share their stories;

  • Builds new relationships and a network of support;

  • Enables families to learn about new strategies and ideas from each other;

  • Empowers and inspires families to “get in the driver’s seat” and take charge of their journey.

Join us

Session 1: Saturday 27 August

Session 2: Saturday 10 August

Session 3: Saturday 17 August

Session 4: Saturday 31 August

All sessions 9:00am 3:00pm.


Child-minding is available by application only. If you require child-minding, please contact Trisha Benge

Trisha Benge, Ph: 07 8395 357 ext. 710 E:

Register your expression of interest through Eventbrite, you will then be contacted by the Now and Next team to discuss this programme and confirm your attendance.

It is recommended that families be available to attend all 4 Now and Next sessions. Both parents, or one parent, and one other family/whanau are encouraged to attend!

For more information, please contact:

Funded by JR McKenzie Trust in partnership with McKenzie Centre

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McKenzie Centre

30 Hammond Street

Hamilton, 3204

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