Auckland News – May 2019

Auckland RC
Anna Gundesen
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

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

April has sped past at an incredibly quick rate. I had 10 days of annual leave which added to the pace.

By now the holidays are over. Well done, you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our lovely ones are at home is a balancing act. Take a moment for yourself over these first days of settling back into school term routines.

April saw follow up sessions to the “Building Secure Attachments” workshops plus the “Coping with Grief and Loss” and “Keeping Memories” discussion sessions – these 2-hour sessions are a great short opportunity to connect and learn.

I spent three days in Wellington at our Fostering Kids NZ National Office connecting with head office staff and the nine Regional Coordinators from around Aotearoa, which is such valuable connecting and learning time.

Enjoy MOTHER’S DAY on Sunday 12 May

LIFT Programme

I’m also SO EXCITED to announce that the “FOUNDATIONS FOR ATTACHMENT” training (as part of the LIFT programme) is being offered in South Auckland starting Wednesday 29 May – its over a 4 week period, 1 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.

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.


The training will be run in South Auckland on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 29 May 2019, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 05 June 2019, 9.00am – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 June 2019, 9.00am – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019, 9.00am – 3.00pm

To register your expression of interest contact us now Freephone 0800 693 323

Excellence in Foster Care Awards

Yay, our very own Margaret Chung was one of the successful recipients of the Excellence in Foster Care Awards. I have met Margaret numerous times now and always love her positive energy, her enthusiasm for life and caregiving.  It’s great to see her always wanting to learn more and hearing her contributions at our Fostering Kids NZ training …. As she says “ it doesn’t matter how many times I attend these trainings I always learn something new!”

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 14 May – Lounge at the Church of the Saviour, 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay 7.00pm – 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


We will be delivering these workshops in the Auckland region during Term 2.  Look out for the dates:

Tuesday 7 May – Living and Working with Traumatised Children – 2hr discussion session – OREWA & 6 June in the evening in Ponsonby

Thursday 9 May – Understanding and Supporting Behaviour – 6hr workshop – MT WELLINGTON

Thursday 16 May – Child Development – 6hr workshop – TAKAPUNA and Saturday 22n June in HENDERSON

Saturday 18 May – What is Maltreatment? – 2hr discussion session – PAPATOETOE

Tuesday 21 May – FASD – 2hr discussion session in the evening in HENDERSON

Wednesday 26 June – Windows of Opportunity – 2hr discussion session in MANGERE.

Please register online here, would love to see you there.

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


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