Auckland North News – August 2017

Auckland RC
Sasha Blackwell
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

Kia ora

By now the children and young people will back at school and term three will be under way.  I hope that you all managed to have some lovely ‘together’ time over the holidays.  I have just arrived back from a refreshing and fun holiday.  Sometimes as caregivers we just have to treat ourselves.

I am organising an Auckland North Regional Hui called “Empowering Caregivers”. To be held on 18th August 2017 at the Trust Stadium Henderson. 9am–2.30pm. See Akl-North-Regional-Hui-Flyer for details and you must register to attend. Providing information of dietary requirements/whether you are a professional or a member of Fostering Kids NZ, and contact details.

It’s been great to see a good response from our caregivers in our area wishing to go to our national conference in Christchurch at the end of September.  Thanks to all the wonderful fundraising that has occurred to support the costs of some to attend.  I am sure they will be bringing back some excellent information and resources to share with those not able to go. The link to register is open and I know that it is a highlight on my calendar.

I’ve been impressed to see our closed Facebook page getting more use from our caregiver members.  Thanks for the posts everyone!  The posts are about notices of meetings, events relevant to caregivers, articles that spark a bit of thinking, and, it’s been great to see people posting questions or in need of support.  This is what it’s for, another support tool so you can connect in with others who journey a similar caregiving path.  Remember I’m here, Fostering Kids NZ is here and your local support/ network group and association (run by your peers) are also here, should you need us and to connect and not journey alone. Don’t forget to join our Facebook Support page.

Association Information

Support Groups

North Shore Association

See the attached Daytime Coffee Group flyer for our next Daytime Coffee Group; Friday 4th August 17 at 10am – Noon, at Ursula’s Home; RSVP on

Wednesday 23rd August 17 at 10am–12pm, Glenfield Community Centre. Please bring a plate to share. RSVP to Mandy Clark 027 558 8090.

West Auckland Association
We have been pleased to be able to raise funds for our association at “Good in The Hood 2017”.

Therefore we have announced that we will fund FIVE caregivers from our association to attend Fostering Kids NZ, National Conference 2017 in Christchurch (28 & 29 September) “conditions apply”. All information about this conference is on the Fostering Kids NZ conference link.  Please contact Yasser El Shall & Pamela Anderson if you have any questions.


  • What do you know about Maltreatment in New Zealand?
  • What are the effects of family violence on children in care?
  • Would you like to learn ways to break the cycle and help support and heal the child or young person that has experienced trauma?

To find out about these and more come along to a training near you. Here is the Link to our training calendar.

Te Rito Training

There was an outstanding response to our recent advertisement of the Te Rito Bicultural Competency E-Learning Modules. If you registered for this, by now you should have received your access to begin this training. If you haven’t received anything, please contact Christine at

We are aware a few people have been experiencing problems with their access or it not saying they have completed the modules. The training organisation, is looking into this and hopes to have it rectified soon. If you continue to experience issues, please contact us so we can pass on your details.

Noho ora mai




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