Coming up at Diabetes Help Tauranga Youth

A type 1 diagnosis can be a steep learning curve and at times feel scary, overwhelming and lead to lots of questions. As a result, Diabetes New Zealand have launched the Diabetes NZ #1 pack which includes Jerry the bear, who has type 1 diabetes.   Some of our parents and children were introduced to Jerry at our Teddy Bears Picnic with Emily Wilson (IDF Young Ambassador).  Emily and Jerry have been travelling round New Zealand and popped in to see us during World Diabetes Month.  With the help of a Jerry the bear app, parents and children can discover how you can still play with your friends, take part in sport and enjoy your life to the full, all while learning more about managing type one diabetes.

Download a #1 pack application form 

Jerry the bear is only available for children (aged 4-10) living with Type 1 diabetes who reside in New Zealand and within 6 months of diagnosis.   The Diabetes NZ #1 pack is made possible by generous donations received from the 2017 Grocery Charity Ball. Thank you to DNZ,  Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and WORLD for designing the #1 bags and to Beyond Type 1 for sharing Jerry the Bear with New Zealand.

To get a bear you need to complete the application form above and will automatically be enrolled as a Diabetes New Zealand support member. Please also remember to sign up with Diabetes Help Tauranga Youth for $30 per year to take advantage of local special offers


Other Information

Looking for reliable websites/advice for your T1 teen?

Check out this info put together by a Diabetes Nurse Practitioner working in youth diabetes in NClick here

Parent Support Team

We acknowledge that many parents quickly become 'experts' in type one diabetes and have a lot to offer other newly diagnosed families, or families who are struggling with T1. As such, we are delighted to announce that our Parent Support Team is now up and running. Our Parent Support Team members do not give advice or make clincial suggestions, but they are able to come alongside other families, listen, understand, and offer practical help and solutions.  Call our INFOline on 07 5713422 if you would like to be linked up with another family who understand.
Click here for details of our team and other important information

Teen going to University?

Check out Victoria University's fantastic service to young adults with Type 1 Diabetes or have a chat with our Diabetes Nurse Educator who has worked with young people heading off to Uni!

Wanting to meet other parents/families?

But don't want to do the group thing? Contact:  and we can put you in touch with families with children of similar age or location.

Safety at our Events

We take caring for our children/ youth very seriously and want to ensure that your child/youth remains safe whilst taking part in  any Diabetes Help Tauranga or Diabetes Help Tauranga Youth events.  We have in place a number of Policies/Procedures to ensure we can do this; these include inducting all volunteers, confidentiality policiescomplaints policy and our Vulnerable Child Policy.   If you would like to know more about these Policies/Procedures contact us on 07 5713422.

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