Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2018

Auckland South RC
Dallas Pickering
09 281 5609 or
027 501 0395

Kia Ora All.

It has been a busy and exciting month, with lots happening with Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week.

I would like to formally acknowledge John and Mary-Ann Tahitahi for receiving an Excellence in Foster Care Award this year at Parliament.  This is well deserved and I am delighted you have been able to receive this huge honour.

Lots of workshops and discussion sessions have been running this term and we have had reasonable numbers attend.  Remember to invite other caregivers.  These are great opportunities, not just to be a part of the workshop, but to connect with other caregivers.



What’s Global Developmental Delay (GDD), and what does it mean for caring for tamariki (children)?

How can we use this diagnosis to help tamariki (children) get the most out of life, without labelling?

Rose Hawkins, Oranga Tamariki Regional Disability Advisor for Auckland and Te Tai Tokerau, will be speaking to caregivers and answering these questions.

Please note, the date is now 20 April at 9.30am – 11.30am

11 Dalgety drive Manaukau

Caregivers are invited to register at



We started Foster Care Awareness Week with a Caregiver dinner. What an amazing night this was.  Thanks to the caregivers from the South that travelled West.  I could see that you enjoyed your night and it was worth the journey.   Well done Sasha for a great celebration and the amazing giveaways.  Huge thanks also to Daryl Broughham for being MC for our night.

This year there were several Children’s Day events in the area: see photos below of some of the great events that occurred.  Thanks to those who participated.

I want to acknowledge the following people for their support to make these days happen and be successful: SAFVPN-South Auckland Violence Prevention Network, Whanau Ora-South Auckland, Salvation Army Royal Oak, Sasha Blackwell, Priscilla Elemani, Rosanna Pou, Sally Mowbray-Lee, Judith Hall.

Sunny Waiuku; Childrens day was an amzing time, with several caregivers joining us and many questions asked about fostering. I met a few whanau caregivers and we signed them up as members.

Papakura Childrens day event:  Thanks to the team at Papakura Pools.  I wasn’t able to be there, but heard some great feedback.  Plenty of food and fun had by all.














Thames was another sunny day. There was a lot of local people from around the coast and a huge interest in what Fostering Kids NZ does within the community. Thanks Teresa, Debbie and Lois for coming on the day.

Just a reminder we have two 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




The Term Two training schedule will be open for registration early April.  You will receive an email link to the new calendar, once it has been released.  Otherwise, you can view the term one calendar here to register for the “Team work” workshop, held in Manurewa, Wednesday 4 April.  Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.

In term 2 we have a new Training – The Importance of PLAY. Please refer to the snippet about the new training material to find out more about this exciting workshop.

I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

Please feel free to ring me if you require any support with the children in your care.



We still have places available for youth (aged 16 – 18) from the Auckland Region to attend the L’Oréal Face your Future event held on Thursday 19 and Firday 20 April 2018. Places are on a first come first served basis, so don’t leave it to the last minute. You can find an application form and more information about the event here. For further queries please contact Jennifer Kinsella, or (04) 974 8204.


Noho Ora Mai/Stay well, goodbye


Dallas Pickering


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