Auckland South Waikato News – November 2017

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

Kia Ora All

This month has been very busy with supporting caregivers, attending our National Conference and running trainings and discussion sessions.

Our conference again was a huge success.  It was great to see so many people from our Auckland and Waikato region.

What I really enjoyed about the conference was some of the practical tools I can use with children in care. The calming techniques, and really looking behind the behaviour. I enjoyed our international speakers and the knowledge they brought about building and strengthening trusting relationships with the children. It takes calm and consistent support from the caregiver to help the child to breakdown blocked trust. There will be links to the presentations on our website soon. Thanks to our national office for all the behind the scenes work to make the event successful.

Here’s a couple of photos of our dinner on the Thursday night.  Our next national conference will be held in Auckland 2019.











After July next year, I am looking at running a Regional Hui for the South Auckland/Waikato/ Hauraki caregivers.  I am meeting with our team at the end of the month to discuss where we can hold it and which subjects and guest speakers we would like.  Please email me any ideas you have on I am keen to have your feedback.

Family Fun Days

It is that time of year again when Family Fun Day – Pool party’s are happening in a region near you.  Here is a list of when, where and times.

Manuka/Pukekohe – Sunday 12 November 2017 at Massey Park Aquatic Centre, 2R Ron Keats Drive, Papkura from 12pm to 4pm. Please register for this event by emailing

Thames – Saturday 2 December 2017 at Centennial Pool, Mackay Street, Thames from 10am to 2pm. Please register for this event by emailing

Hamilton – Sunday 3 December 2017 at Waterworld, Garnett Avenue, Hamilton from 10am to 2pm. Please register for this event by emailing

Association Information

This term is going to be a really busy term, but we are really excited about whats ahead.  Our team of committed Key Contacts have some amazing events set aside.  Here is a small outline of the plans:

South Auckland Region – Contact Roseanna Pou on 027 373 7104 or Emma Berry on 021 667 890

Coffee Morning on 24 November at 10am-12pm, located at 3/1 Elizabeth Street, Papakura.

Pukekohe/Franklin – Contact Bayette Prince on 027 933 929 or Joy Ewing on 09 238 0452

Coffee Morning on 3 November at 10am, located at Nic’s café, 26-30 Constable Road, Waiuku.

Keep an eye out for information on the Pukekohe Christmas event on 26 November.


This area covers from Pokeno, through to Cambridge, Paeroa, Coromandel, Raglan, Hamilton and every place in between.  Contact Debbie Guymer on 027 750 0195 or Mira Elmsley on 027 660 2315 and Teresa Pollock on who covers Paeroa/Hauraki area.

I would like to introduce a new Key Contact, Teresa Pollock for Paeroa/Hauraki area.  She is married to Kohatu who is from Te Kuiti. They have 5 boys and 2 girls, spread out in age from 26 to 8 years.
“We have always been farming, but sold our farm and moved back to my hometown Paeroa after 18 years being away. I am now a stay at home mum.  We brought a large home and I now have plenty of time to fill our home with children who need a place to stay. I joined Fostering Kids NZ early this year and enjoy our coffee groups held monthly in Paeroa.  I am looking forward to getting out into our Hauraki/Coromandel area and meeting other foster parents/caregivers and sharing and learning new knowledge.”

See dates below of events coming your way:

2 November – Ngaruwahia, Community House

16 November – Hamilton, Burger King, Greenwood Street

30 November – Oranga Tamariki, Paeroa Office

5 December – 22 Cullen Street, Paeroa

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 four is on our website. We still have vacancies on most workshops, so please register now. We also have Discussion Sessions coming up over the Term; Keeping Memories, which covers Life Story books for children in care.  I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Workshop

Jeff Nobel, Founder and CEO of Noble Initiatives, is presenting a full day FASD workshop in Auckland on Saturday 25 November at Jet Park, 63 Westney Rd, Mangere.  Jeff uses an interactive and personal approach and delivers relevant, useful and need-to-know information to help and support caregivers, front line workers and educators of those working with FASD.  The cost is only $10 per person (cash at the door) which includes morning tea and lunch.  Please register by 20 November to or 021 176 8220.

For more information please click here.

Apprenticeships for the Care-Experienced

L’Oréal New Zealand and the New Zealand Hair & Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO) are offering ten scholarships for care experienced people within the beauty industry.

Each scholarship recipient will complete a Level 4 national qualification in barbering, beauty therapy, or hairdressing through a HITO apprenticeship.  The HITO Sales Training Advisors will support the scholarship recipients and their employers throughout their training.

To find out more and to apply click on this link.

Noho ora mai


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