Auckland South Waikato News – May 2017

Kia Ora all

This year is going way to fast and we have a lot coming up. Our conference this year will be held in Christchurch on 28–29th September 2017. It will again be an amazing event.  Start planning now, while flights are cheap. Go to our website for more information;

We want to welcome the new service; Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Vulnerable Children. We know there will be changes that are going to flow through over the next five years.  We have been encouraged to believe these are going to be positive changes for children in care and caregivers.  We have information on our Fostering Kids NZ website for you to look through.

We have been selected for the GOOD IN THE HOOD again. This time our tokens will be collected at Z Skyway.  Last year we received $2400 from GOOD IN THE HOOD for our Family Fun day event that we ran in March. We will be looking at running another event at the end of the year and would love you to come and vote for us. Voting starts on the 1st May and goes through to the end of May. So don’t forget to get your petrol purchases from Z Skyway station.

Fostering Hope

We have been gifted bags from Fostering Hope and we still have plenty of these for new children coming into care.

Contact myself or Debbie Guymer if you would like any.

Association News

Manurewa, Takanini, and Clendon – next meeting 15th May at 10am, 3/1 Elizabeth Street, Papakura – Topic-Self-care.

Papatoetoe, Otahuhu, Otara, Manukau, Wiri and Totara Park – next meetings 2nd May and 30th May at 10am-12pm, 8 Dingwall Place, with Emma Berry.

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

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 calendar for Term two is now live, please follow this link for courses, locations and to register.  I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

Dates for Diary

Regional Meeting/Hui

We are excited to be running a Regional Hui (meeting/get together)  this term on the 26 – 27th May for those within the Waikato/Hauraki area. We are taking registrations for this event now.

Please email me if you would like to attend.

Can you please outline how many adults and children, and if you will be staying overnight.



Venue:                      Tauwhare Marae-Morrinsville Road, Hamilton

Date:                          26-27th May 2017

Powhiri:                   5pm on 26th May

Poroporoaki:         3pm Saturday 27th May

Programme for Friday evening

  • 5pm – Official Powhiri- run by Tauwhare Marae
  • After Powhiri – Kai-dinner
  • All help in the clean up
  • 30pm – settling kids, setting up beds etc
  • 30pm – Whakawhanaungatanga
  • Kaumatua Teddi – to speak on history of Marae
  • Peter Edmonds to speak about protocol
  • Finish with Waiata

Programme for Saturday

  • 7am – all up, pack up and tidy Wharenui
  • 8am – Breakfast
  • 30am – Tikanga-group work- question and answer time
  • 10.30am-12pm – Rob Surtees; New model of parenting practice for children in care (Training).
  • 12.15pm – Lunch
  • 1pm – Colin and Angela- sharing on fostering experiences- supporting Maori families
  • 1.45pm – Identity and belonging activity-connections
  • 2.15pm – Poroporoaki – closure, waiata

Na Dallas Pickering 


Dallas Pickering

Auckland South Regional Coordinator

Cell: 027 501 0395



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