Auckland News – March 2019

Auckland RC
Anna Gundesen
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

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

Well I can’t believe how quickly time passes and we are at the beginning of March already. I hope the tamariki (children) in your care are settling back into the school routine and the gentle weekly structure is providing some welcome parameters. On the other hand, I understand some of the pressure of getting off to school each day and facing education and friendship challenges can increase stress in families. There is never any ‘one size fits all’. As hard as it is, please prioritise your own mental, emotional and physical wellbeing and do something for yourself each day to nourish you so you can keep going. The old “put your own oxygen mask on first” is a great analogy!

Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week in March

Children’s Day is on Sunday 3 March. Check out this link to see what fun events are on in your area.

Here’s some events I know about in our Auckland region:

  1. Caregiver appreciation morning tea in West Auckland. In association with the West Auckland Assoc. Support Group Key Contact Pamela Anderson. Tues 5 March, RSA, New Lynn
  2. Dessert evening – In association with Youth Horizons. 7.00pm – 8.30pm, Tues 5 March, Youth Horizons
  3. Many lucky families were the first in first serve recipients of FREE tickets to the Kumeu Show – Many thanks to Lizelle Westman from the Kumeu Show for gifting Fostering Kids NZ with over 150 FREE tickets.


Click here to find out more and register for the rest of this term. There are upcoming trainings on Building Secure Attachments / FASD / Living with Traumatised Children / Maltreatment & Family Violence / Keeping Memories / Grief and Loss.

Trainings are offered in a variety of suburbs & venues around the region e.g. Glen Eden, Greenlane, Northcote, Central, Mangere, Papatoetoe, Albany & Onehunga.  We’ve scheduling at least one training/learning opportunity up in the Orewa area in term 2 for all our North Auckland folk.

Remember if you are interested in a particular workshop please request it via your Caregiver Social Worker or to me or Christine and we’ll try to schedule it as soon as possible.

Face your Future

Face Your Future is an innovative programme hosted by our friends at L’Oreal NZ in association with Fostering Kids NZ.  It is a FREE two day event packed with motivational speakers and hands-on workshops to get young people thinking about what is next in their lives.

Each year speakers share personal stories of how they have overcome hardship to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Workshops focus on career pathways, interview strategies, communication skills and personal presentation tips.

This year Face Your Future is being held on the 16 and 17 April 2019, during the April school holidays.  Participants are hosted by L’Oreal NZ at the L’Oreal Academy in Auckland’s CBD, their headquarters in Ellerslie and their distribution centre in Otahuhu.

There are 35 places available for young people aged 16 – 18 who live in Auckland and are in the care of caregivers or agencies that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. To find more information and to register click here.

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, I am happy to help!

It is my intention to support more coffee groups and networks of caregivers so please get in touch with me if you’d like to discuss the option of starting one in your area even if it’s only once a term.

FASD Support Group – Next meeting: Tuesday March 12th – Lounge at the Church of the Saviour, 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay 7pm – 8.45pm. All welcome for those with children either confirmed or suspected FASD.

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

Central – Thanks to Karmen Kurjama for starting a coffee group in the Greenlane area.  Contact Anna for more info.

There is a NEW support group which will be held in Dairy Flat on Sunday afternoon 17 March (address tbc closer to the event.) Will confirm details when more is known.

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

 Auckland North Facebook Page

I’m really excited for what 2019 will bring and am so looking forward to meeting and walking beside many of you amazing caregivers this year.

Tiaki Koe i a Koe (Take Care of Yourself)


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