Our purpose is to work for children, young people and families to relieve suffering; release potential; reduce disparities in NZ society; reduce crime and violence; break the cycle of disadvantage and promote family functionality.

"We need to stop be-moaning the problems and start acting on solutions. A good future for families and New Zealand is within our reach. Let's just do it!"


The Role of the Coordinator

Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters

The Role of the Coordinator

The HIPPY Coordinator has primary responsibility for all aspects of local programme implementation and management.

After taking part in the pre-service HIPPY workshop, the Coordinator recruits families and paraprofessional Tutors for the programme.

The Coordinator meets with and trains the Tutors every week and conducts meetings with the participating families every fortnight.

The Coordinator makes periodic home visits with each Tutor in addition to visiting parents when specific issues arise.

The Coordinator keeps accurate records and participates in all aspects of programme evaluation and research. Through participation in all national and regional HIPPY meetings and through regular and consistent communication with the national HIPPY office, each Coordinator becomes a part of the national network.

Specific responsibilities of the Coordinator:

1.    Ensures the planned number of families are recruited for each year’s intake.

2.    Conducts the initial interview of the parent in the home.

3.    Interviews and selects Tutors from amongst the target families.

4.    Instructs and supports the Tutors in the course of their work, through weekly training sessions and individual meetings.

5.    Deals with specific issues concerning the conduct of the programme in the homes.

6.    Plans and guides Group Meetings.

7.    Coordinates with various community elements involved in the  programme.

8.    Reports regularly to  HIPPY New Zealand at Great Potentials which provides instruction, advice and support.

9.    Participates in national and regional workshops.

10.  Is responsible for administration and paperwork connected with the local operation of the programme.

11.  Reports to the Management/Advisory Committee on a regular basis.

12.  May be involved with fundraising for the programme.

Prime Minister John Key’s Visit to the Takanini Family Service Centre

On Friday 8th August we had some very special guests visit the Takanini Family Service Centre – Prime Minister John Key and Judith Collins. Here they are with Family Service Centre staff, and Great Potentials Chairman Angus Fletcher.

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Listener Article

Great Potentials is featured in the July 12-18 2014 issue of the Listener magazine! Click here to see the full article.

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Click here to read the full story.

2012-2013 Annual Report

Follow the link to read Dame Lesley Max’s report from Great Potentials’ Annual Report 2012-2013:

CEO’s Report Annual Report 2012 – 2013

For the full Annual Report 2012-2013, follow the link below:

Annual Report 2012-2013


Coroner’s report on Kahui twins’ deaths – Dame Lesley speaks on Radio NZ National

25 July 2012

The coroner’s report on the deaths of the three-month-old Kahui twins has been released.  Simon Moore SC, Crown Solicitor for Auckland, Patrick Kelly, Auckland Starship Pediatrician and Clinical Director of the Child Protection Team and Great Potentials CEO, Dame Lesley Max, speak with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon.  Listen to the audio here (Dame Lesley starts at 21 mins).