Canterbury News – April 2018

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Tēnā koutou katoa/ Hello everyone

Wow, I can’t believe we are a quarter of the way through the year already!   I had a wonderful time at my first Excellence in Foster Care awards on Friday 9 March at Parliament.  May I just add my congratulations to all ten amazing recipients of this year’s awards, it was wonderful to hear all of your incredible stories, caring for so many children.

Excellence in Foster Care Award Recipients, 2018

Foster Care Awareness Week – Thank you to everyone who came along to Bunnings on 5 March, it was very well attended and I hope you enjoy your baskets!

I continue to look forward to meeting many more of you at the support groups and workshops that are planned throughout the year.  Please make the use of your support groups, as they are a good way to connect with other caregivers.

I will continue my highlights from the National Conference in Christchurch 2017 – hopefully they may inform you too.

Another standout presentation for me was the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) workshop presented by Rose Hawkins.

Rose highlighted that there is a higher prevalence of FASD in children in care and youth justice.  With FASD informed support, tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth) can develop well and spend more time getting on with the things they are good at.

She also introduced us to the 5S Model:

Structure, Support, Supervision, Keep it Simple, Build on Strengths

Lastly from me, please join the Fostering Kids NZ Canterbury Facebook group here.  This is a closed page for caregivers only.  Also if you could give me some feedback as to whether you find the things I post of interest or alternatively, what would you like to see posted.

Ngā mihi/ Acknowledgements



Otautahi Foster Care Group

Email: Or Text 020 4119 6505.

Greetings fellow Caregivers,
I trust that you all had a great Foster Care Awareness Week and were suitably recognised for your commitment to the children in your care. We appreciate all that you do and understand the hiccups and pleasures you experience along the way. We had a few families attend the day at the miniature trains. The children that did attend seemed content and happy with the rides especially through tunnels and over the bridge.

Our next meeting is Wednesday 21 April at Avebury House in Richmond.
Nicola Hastie is attending to update us on any changes at Oranga Tamariki. Lorraine Murray our Regional Coordinator will also share about her role and how she can support you. There will be morning tea and some time to chat. Everyone is most welcome to attend.
Kia kaha,
Angela Swinney

Christchurch Family Foster Care Group

Everyone is welcome to come to our coffee mornings.  Caregivers of any age, gender, grandparents raising grandchildren, whanau caregivers and children are welcome.  We are a group of experienced caregivers, who meet around a warm cup of coffee or tea, in a loving warm environment to catch up and support each other.  Please contact Jill (027 474 1927), with numbers attending and for more information.
Kia koutou,
Jill Hurrell

Ashburton Network Group

Unfortunately, Noella is no longer available to liaise the coffee morning meetings in Ashburton.  Would anyone like to take over from Noella in arranging the get togethers once a month in Ashburton?  Please contact Lorraine 

South Canterbury Network Group

Our next coffee morning is on 6 April.  All are welcome. For details please contact Katrina Merrick 027 416 9708 or

Rangiora Caregivers Group 

We had another wonderful morning tea at the Rangiora office and another awesome baker as our caregiver Social Worker, plus it was Foster Care Awareness week.  Lots of treats for our wonderful caregivers.

We also celebrated Janice going to Wellington to receive the Excellence in Foster Care Award. You can watch an interview with Janice here.

We have a great team of caregivers so please come along, our next one is Tuesday 3 April.

Be great to see you.

Cheers Deb or you can give me a call on 03 314 6776



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.  Please go and have a look at what we are offering next term.  I would love to see you at one of the training’s.  This is such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role.  Registrations are required.  Or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.


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