Auckland News – June 2019

Auckland RC
Anna Gundesen
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

Kia ora, Kia orana, Bula vinaka,

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all)

I have the pleasure of facilitating a variety of workshops and discussion sessions in my region. One of the many bonuses is meeting new caregivers each time and also seeing familiar faces, as you make your way through the National Caregiver training programme. The paradigm shift from a traditional parenting style to a therapeutic parenting style takes time and commitment. It’s wonderful seeing the light bulb moments occur and the learnings deepen.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting young 15yr old Jess (see photo) who is doing a community project – “Build a Bear.” The bears come with clothes, PJ’s and a birth certificate all inside their own bag. She is hoping each bear befriends a foster child and offers them care and comfort. Get in touch with me if you have tamariki in your care that may benefit from having a bear friend.


There are still workshops being offered in the Auckland region during Term 2. 

  • Thursday 6 June – Living and Working with Traumatised Children – 2hr discussion session – in the evening in PONSONBY.
  • Saturday 22 June – Child Development – 6hr workshop – in HENDERSON.
  • Wednesday 26 June – Windows of Opportunity – 2hr discussion session in MANGERE.
  • Tuesday 2 July – Identity and Belonging – 6 hr workshop – PUKEKOHE.
  • Thursday 4 July – Coping with Grief & Loss – 2 hr discussion session – MANUREWA.

To register please go to our website. Should you not be able to attend for any reason after registering, could you please send in your apology ASAP to Christine (0800 100 849) so that we can anticipate numbers and cater accordingly.

PLUS if you attended the “Understanding & Supporting Behaviour” and / or “Child Development” workshops, remember there are the 2 hour Follow Up sessions. You will get a text reminder from Christine prior to the date/s.

LIFT Programme

The “FOUNDATIONS FOR ATTACHMENT” training (as part of the LIFT programme) began in South Auckland on Wednesday 29 May – it’s over a four-week period, one day a week.  This trauma informed family focused approach is life changing and benefits you as caregivers in the understanding of the behaviours of the tamariki in care and your parenting role. We support these caregivers over a period of six months to integrate this approach.

The following are comments from caregivers who have participated in the model:

  • “The course was amazing and I was so grateful for the opportunity to be able to participate.”
  • “Learning a new way to parent. I have learnt so much and it is invaluable.”
  • “Nothing else in the traditional sense of parenting was working. It’s hard to unlearn past programmes but this encourages me that there is hope even for the hardest of our children and has given me the skills and desire to carry on.”

The success of the programme, is in assisting caregivers to better care for their children by helping caregivers to truly understand the inner lives of these children who no longer trust that caring adults will keep them safe. With that understanding, it shows caregivers how to become engaged with them and guide them into a world where good care is able to be safely received.

To register your expression of interest for the next course opportunity in Auckland contact us now  or Freephone 0800 693 323 and ask to speak with Jennifer Hansen.

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

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.

FASD Support Group – The next meeting will be Tuesday June 11th – Lounge at the Church of the Saviour, 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay 7pm – 8.45pm. All caregivers welcome who have children with confirmed or suspected FASD.

West Auckland Assoc support group – email Yasser for dates / venue : Yasser El Shall

Please check out Facebook for updates on coffee groups times and dates etc. Just a reminder we have a closed Facebook page for caregivers. Feel free to join and 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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