Auckland News – July 2018

Kia ora everyone

I’m reminded of the old chant…”rain, rain, go away, come again another day”.  Boy, we’ve had our winter share of liquid falling from the sky already and we’ve got another couple of months to go!

New beginnings: I’d like to welcome Anna Gundesen.  Anna is our new Regional Coordinator for Auckland.   Welcome Anna – here’s message about her…

Auckland RC
Anna Gundesen
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

Kia ora and warm pacific greetings to you all

I am very excited to begin my journey with Fostering Kids New Zealand as the Auckland Regional Coordinator.

My initial training was in occupational therapy. This was foundational in preparing me for working with diverse groups of people and understanding human development. I then went on to spend more than 20 years in leadership roles in the NZ Film Industry. Alongside these roles I have pursued many trainings and professional development opportunities with the view to one day moving into a career in the Care Sector.

Having lived the experience of foster care, step children and biological children, I feel I have a good starting point for the types of advocacy skills required to support whanau going through challenges perhaps similar to ours. I have been an active advocate navigating my way through the social, education and health services, to find the best fit to support our third child with challenges related to pre-natal exposure to alcohol. We were blessed when she joined our family at 18 months old and she complements our Pakeha, Maori, Cook Islands whanau unit. Walking through our challenges from a strengths based approach has led us to some good outcomes and a strong network to date.

I understand each family and each tamaiti (child) is unique and that you all, as care families, know this well so I look forward to hearing your stories, supporting you where we (I in my role and Fostering Kids NZ) can and walking side by side with you if occasions and situations need it.

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei (Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain)

This whakatauki is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, but its real message is to be persistent and don’t let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal. Be encouraged!

I look forward to meeting you all – Anna

Farewell to Dallas

It is with mixed emotions that Fostering Kids NZ farewells Dallas on 25 July.  Dallas has been with our organisation for nearly five and a half years. She has been fantastic in building strong relationships with you as caregivers and in her professional networks in the Auckland wide region.  Over the last couple of years Dallas’ region was rejigged to include Waikato/Hauraki areas.  Dallas has been instrumental in making this area strong in networking and supports for caregivers.

Dallas has some new opportunities in her professional journey and although Fostering Kids NZ is very sad to see her go, we are also very proud of what she has achieved in her time with us and happy for her in the new pathway she will walk in.  Dallas is a caregiver so we will still see her involved and connected with us.  On behalf of all the caregivers and staff here at Fostering Kids NZ;  Ma te atua hei manaaki hei tiaki to tatou hoa (May God bless and protect you our friend).

Change to Regional Boundaries

Over the last couple of years our demographics of where caregivers in Auckland live has changed.  Recognising this and making the two regional boundaries more equitable in caregiver numbers we have moved the catchment areas of both Auckland North and Auckland South regions.

Mangere, Papatoetoe, Otara, East Tamaki, Botany Downs and Howick are now in the Auckland regional boundary.

This means that Wiri, Manakau and Flat Bush are now the border suburbs for our Auckland South region.

GOOD in the HOOD

A huge THANKS to Z Beach Road, Z Harbour Hwy, Z Lakeside, Z Point Chev, Z Browns Road and Z Roscommon for choosing Fostering Kids NZ to be part of Good in the Hood this year.

A big thanks also to all of you, your friends and family that filled up at these Z Stations during the month of May and voted for us!  A special thanks to those that were the faces of Fostering Kids NZ at the stations encouraging people to vote for us. Check out our photo at the cheque presentation recently.  Every bit counts in supporting caregivers and therefore children placed in care across our region.  Thanks again.



The term 3 workshops are now open for registration. We are running Understanding Maltreatment in Waitakere, Carer Families in North Shore and Identity and Belonging in Grey Lynn. Please follow this link to register or contact Christine on 0800 100 849. Up-skilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers. I look forward to meeting you all.

Over the last six months we’ve had many caregivers register for workshops but not turn up on the day. Please let us know, if you aren’t able to attend. Please text Anna on 027 538 9691.  If only a few people attend, the workshop is not viable to run. Your commitment to either informing or attending would be greatly appreciated.


Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)

Stephanie (National Manager Training & Support)


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