Auckland News – September 2019

Auckland RC
Anna Gundesen
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

Kia ora koutou katoa/ Greetings to you all,

I cannot believe it is September already! The year has flown by.

Take a moment to check out this image from Beacon House, “What If…”

Raising Tamariki and Mokopuna (children and grandchildren) not born to us can certainly bring up some behavioural issues both in us and the children. I think the image above really captures the therapeutic parenting model simply and gently.

Happy Fathers Day

September is the month we pay homage to our dads. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. To our wonderful foster dads that have opened your hearts and homes to tamariki needing care. We thank you for the amazing work you do with our most vulnerable. I hope you got well and truly spoiled. 

Fostering Kids NZ National Conference

Have you managed to have a look on our website to find out all about our National Conference coming up on the 16 and 17 October, at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre? It would be great to see as many of you from our region there as possible. It is an amazing experience, and very enjoyable too! You can find everything you need to know here:

It’s time to get voting!

GOOD IN THE HOOD is back for 2019. During September all purchases made at any of the Z Stations listed below, will help to raise funds for Fostering Kids New Zealand.

  • Z Ti Rakau Drive, Auckland
  • Z Greville Road, Auckland
  • Z Point Chev, Auckland
  • Z Royal Oak, Auckland

Each of these Z Stations is supporting four neighbourhood groups and Fostering Kids New Zealand is lucky enough to have been selected this year. Any time you shop or fill up at these Z stations you can vote for Fostering Kids New Zealand. Each group takes home a share of $4,000 which is divided according to the number of votes they receive.

That is why your votes are super important and will make a difference. So spread the word and get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community. Thank you for your support.


September workshops are still open for registration. Please register online here. This term in the Auckland region, on 26 September and The Importance of Play (Henderson) will be held. PLUS the 2 hour Discussion Session: Keeping Memories (Orewa) on 15 September.

Up-skilling is such an important part of caregiving. Workshops and discussion sessions will give you tools and effective strategies to help your parenting journey as well as connect you with other caregivers on the same journey.

The Importance of Play is a very useful workshop that will help participants build an understanding of the importance of developing social relationships, forming attachments, creativity and innovation. This workshop also shows caregivers how different play experiences contribute to child development, and how our child/adult interactions set the child on a pathway for future learning and development. Participants will develop strategies to play with tamariki (children) in a positive way to support te tamaiti’s development and to understand the impact of developmental trauma.

I look forward to seeing you at a training soon. Should you not be able to attend for any reason after registering, could you please send in your apology ASAP so that we can anticipate numbers and cater accordingly.

Thanks again for all you do to keep tamariki and mokopuna safe, happy, learning and healing. If you have any problems, please make contact via email or phone. I’m here to support you. Remember a problem shared, is a problem halved.

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

Can You Help?

Mary Smitha Shaji is an honours Psychology student at AUT. For her dissertation study, she will be focusing on experiences, expectations and concerns of foster parents about their foster children aging out of care. 

The study asks for suggestions on how to improve support provided to foster children after they grow up and age out of care into independent living. Mary is currently recruiting participants for a one hour interview. The identity and details of participants will be kept confidential, real names will not be used. She is looking for foster parents who are currently fostering children who are between 10-18yrs. English speaking participants will be recruited from Auckland. If you are interested, please contact Mary on 0221902420 for further details. There will be a koha of a $50 Countdown voucher given in appreciation after a successful interview. Consent form, participation form and flyer will be sent to potential participants emails.

Support Groups

Keep an eye out for the support groups in your area and be sure to let me know if you would like to set one up.  I am very happy to support, give ideas or attend if you’d like.

FASD Support Group – The next meeting will be Tuesday September 10th. It will be held at 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay in the Church of the Saviour at 7pm–8.45pm. All caregivers who have children with confirmed or suspected FASD are welcome. 
*Madeleine Manning, the Counseling Psychologist from the FASD Centre, Aotearoa will be attending the meeting. Bring all your queries as we are having a Q & A with Madeleine. 

West Auckland Assoc support group – Saturday 21st September (TBC) 11am–1pm at Te Atatu Church: Phone Pamela on 021 803956 OR email Yasser on

Waitoki Support Group (North West AKL) – meet once a month however this is a closed group. If you would like to join, please contact Sonia on 027 2063878.

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

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

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


 Fostering Kids NZ Auckland Support Facebook Page

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