Auckland News – July 2019

Auckland RC
Anna Gundesen
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

Warm greetings to you all, and happy Matariki wishes.

Well here we are at the beginning of July which means I have now been in the role for 12 months !!  I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown by.

I am still feeling relatively new and fresh in the role. I have loved meeting those of you who I have crossed paths with and appreciate the support and awhi I feel from the caregiver community. I look forward to consolidating the new learnings and practices I have gained and to reflect on them, as well as continuing to grow and learn. I hope you all had some time for reflection over the Matariki period.

This painting is by Liam Barr, 2007. It struck me as a wonderful image to reflect on over the Matariki period. The artist called it “Karakia” and says ” He welcomes in the evening with karakia, his faith as strong as his song. Piwakawaka feed from the sky, playfully, erratically, all is as it should be”.


We had some fun at the end of June watching the movie “INSTANT FAMILY”. It was great to see so many of you coming along to the screenings. We know caregivers relate to the content of this film (even the lighter bits that are so true!) and it’s so important to take a break and recharge your batteries while reflecting on your role. Many thanks to our wonderful financial supporters of Fostering Kids NZ who make events like this happen.


There are a wide range of workshops and 2hr discussion sessions being offered in the Auckland region during Term 3. 

They include:

Discussion Sessions:

  • What is Maltreatment
  • Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Securing Permanency


  • Legal Issues
  • Building Secure Attachments
  • Carer Families
  • Understanding & Supporting Behaviour

View our workshop calendar for additional details.

LIFT Programme

The “FOUNDATIONS FOR ATTACHMENT” training (as part of the LIFT programme) began in South Auckland at the end of May. This was held over a 4-week period, 1 day a week. This trauma informed family focused approach is life changing and benefits caregivers in providing the understanding of the behaviours of the tamariki in care and your parenting role.

It was wonderful being a part of the 12 caregivers that attended and to share in their journey of learning about attachment, trauma and therapeutic parenting. Building up our kete of understanding and supporting tools is vital in building trust with tamariki in care and being able to allow healing through their care journey.

I look forward to continuing to journey with this group that meet on a monthly basis alternatively with myself and my colleague, Nyvonne Kraus (Auckland South RC). We will be offering therapeutic support groups based on the learnings of Foundations for Attachment.

To register your expression of interest for the next course opportunity in Auckland contact: or Freephone 0800 693 323.

Thanks again for all you do to keep Tamariki and Mokopuna safe, happy and learning.

Support Groups

Keep an eye out for the support groups in your area and do let me know if you would like to set one up and I am happy to support and attend.

I am excited as it looks like there are TWO new support groups in development stages – one in Helensville and one in Albany, so I will keep you posted once details have been confirmed.

FASD Support Group: The next meeting will be Tuesday 9 July. Since this is during the school holidays, we have decided to make it a daytime support group and YES, you can bring your kids. It will be held at 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay in the downstairs community hall inside the Church (The church is called ‘Church of the Saviour) at 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. All caregivers and children welcome who have children with confirmed or suspected FASD.

West Auckland Assoc Support Group: Email Yasser for dates / venue:

Please check out our Facebook page for updates on coffee groups times and dates etc. Just a reminder we have a closed Facebook page for caregivers. Feel free to join to see information that is placed on here by other caregivers.

 Fostering Kids NZ Auckland Support Facebook Page

Kia kaha, Kia manawanui, Kia tūpato/Be strong, be courageous, be safe!


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