Canterbury News – February 2018

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Tau Hou Hari ki a koutou katoa!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with an excess of whanau and friends.  What a wonderful summer we have had so far.  I hope you have all managed to get out and about and enjoy the end of 2017 and are looking forward to what 2018 will bring.

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

National Conference in Christchurch – A learning point

A standout presentation for me was Dr Courtney Rennicke – Reawaken the Capacity to Connect in Hurt Children.

“The brain is the why and P.A.C.E. is the how…” -Jon Baylin, Ph.D.

When in doubt…

Playful:  Having a “light tone” – not about being funny.

Accepting:  To simply accept a child’s thoughts feelings, or wishes with regard to the situation.

Curiosity:   Wondering rather than interpreting.  Make guesses, but happy to reject them.

Empathy:  motivates us to relate to others.



The Term One training schedule is now live on our website.  Please go and have a look at what we are offering next term.  I would love to see you at one of the trainings.  This is such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role. Meeting other caregivers on a similar journey is a bonus. Registrations are required, please register here or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

Facebook Group

Lastly from me, please join the Fostering Kids NZ Canterbury Facebook group, this is a closed page for caregivers who are members of Fostering Kids NZ only.  Please send a request to join and I will include you in the group.  Also if you could give me some feedback as to whether you find the things I post of interest, alternatively what would you like to see posted.

Ngā mihi

News from our caregiver groups from around the region

Otautahi Foster Care Association

Happy New Year to all of you, I trust that you have had some fun times with your families over the holidays.  Summer has certainly been really warm and a great opportunity to get outside and do some activities together.

The Oranga Tamariki Christmas Party was a great success and enjoyed by the 160 people that attended in 30+ degrees. Here are some photos from this event:










Otautahi Foster Care Association has a great line up of activities and meetings this year, you are invited to attend regardless of your affiliation to any other network groups.

Our first activity will be a Back to School Swim party on the 10 February 2018, 2:30pm – 6:00pm at 16 Lyttleton St.  We can swim at the Lingard’s pool and enjoy their outdoor area. We will enjoy a BBQ dinner. Please bring a salad or dessert to contribute towards the meal. Come along relax and enjoy chatting with other fostering families. Please RSVP by 5 February 2018 to this event for catering purposes. Email: Or Text 020 4119 6505.

It is a good time to reflect on the past and look forward to new things for the coming year – I have decided my New Year resolution is to spend a few minutes each day for me as it is easy to get caught up on family life that you get over looked.  Even if this means five minutes more in the shower each day it is worth it.

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.

Yours in fostering,
Angela Swinney, Chair person

Christchurch Family,Foster Care Association
Contact Jill Hurrell (027 474 1927), Chairperson Christchurch Family, Foster Care Association

Ashburton Network/Association Group
Contact Noella Talbot: 03 308 3263 or noella.

South Canterbury Network/Association Group
Contact Katrina Merrick | 027 416 9708 |

Rangiora Caregivers Group 
Rangiora Caregivers Morning Tea.

Hi there and welcome back, our caregivers morning tea start on the 13 February at the Oranga Tamariki office in Rangiora from 10 to 12 am.  Come along have a cuppa and a chat.  Be great to see you, Deb.

Contact Deb: or you can give her a call on 033146776.


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