Auckland South Waikato News – April 2017

Kia Ora all,

We have had a busy few weeks leading up to Foster Care Awareness Week.  We had an amazing event at Dingwall on the 5th March, over 200 people attended and it was a successful day.  

I would like to acknowledge the following organisations and individuals for their donations, support and input into our day:

Dingwall Trust, Auckland Fostercare Association, CYF Homai, CYF Manurewa, CYF Otara, Otara Council, Royal Oak Salvation Army, Coca Cola, Mark Gallagher, Bumper Balls, Ice-skating rink- Geoff Thomas, and Tino for our sound system.

Meeting you

For those who live in the Hauraki area, I would love to meet with you next term.   It will probably be either Thames or Paeroa.  I would like to see what Fostering Kids NZ can do to support you in the future.

Where would you like support groups to be held?

What are some of the issues relating to you as caregivers in this area or anywhere else?

The possible date is the 24th May. I will confirm in the next Snippets. Please feel free to email me your feedback and with your ideas (aucklandsouth@nullfosteringkids.org.nz).

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Dallas Pickering

Auckland South Regional Coordinator

Cell: 027 501 0395

Email: aucklandsouth@nullfosteringkids.org.nz

Association Information

Due to South Auckland being such a huge area, we will be running three support/association groups within the area. I would like to introduce Rosanna Pou to our Key Contact team for South Auckland. Rosanna is very passionate about supporting caregivers and thanks for opening her home for gatherings.

Rosanna is based in Papakura and we want to encourage caregivers from: Manurewa, Takanini, and Clendon – next meeting 5th April at 10am, 3/1 Elizabeth Street, Papakura with Rosanna.

The other Groups are:

Papatoetoe, Otahuhu, Otara, Manukau, Wiri and Totara Park – next meeting 2nd May at 10am-12pm, 8 Dingwall Place with Emma.

East Auckland including, Pakuranga, Botony, Maraetai, and Flatbush, next meeting 19th May at 10am-12pm, 39 Oakridge Way, Botany with Sharon.

Just a reminder we have two closed area Facebook pages for caregivers. Feel free to join and see information that is placed on there by other caregivers.

Fostercare Auckland South Support

Waikato/Hauraki Family & Foster Care Association

Training

We are currently working on our Term 2 training schedule. Make sure you keep an eye out for the schedule when it goes live here.

I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

Dates for Diary

We are excited to be running a Regional Meeting/Hui next term on 26th May for those within the Waikato/Hauraki area.

This will be an overnight stay on a Marae and is for Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers and the children.  This will start at 5pm in the evening with a Powhiri-welcome, Dinner-Kai and then an evening with two of our local kaumatua. The Saturday will start around 9am and finish at 3pm. There is no obligation to stay the night, but we ask that you attend the Powhiri (beginning) and the Poroporoaki (farewell) process at the end. This will be a great opportunity for you to have a full marae experience in a safe environment.

This will be an opportunity to experience and learn Maori protocols and Tikanga while on the marae and to learn how you can better support Maori children in care.

More information will follow in the next month.

Na Dallas Pickering

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