Canterbury News – June 2017

Kia ora

For those of you who have not already heard, I am the new Regional Coordinator for the Canterbury region.  Ko wai to ingoa (my name is) Lorraine Murray.  I have a background working in mental health, addictions, criminal justice and with vulnerable women. My husband and I have been respite/relief caregivers for the last three years.

Ngā  mihi

Lorraine Murray
Canterbury Regional Coordinator
Ph: 03 281 7495 | Cell: 027 501 0392


I have been out and about over the last couple of weeks and have enjoyed meeting all of the Key Contacts in our local network (association) groups.  It’s also been great to meet some of you at the Waimate training day, and, the Ashburton group get together recently.

I hope to catch up with as many members of you in and around Christchurch (and for those wanting to travel to) the Oranga Tamariki Carer Forum, detailed below:

The Oranga Tamariki Christchurch Care Team cordially invite you to a


Venue:  Grand Central 161 Cashel Street, Christchurch
         (next door to Breakfree Hotel on corner of Manchester Street and Cashel)

Date:  Friday, 9 June 2017

from:  10am until 12:30pm

The purpose of this forum is to:

  • Share news of the changes of the new organisation Oranga Tamariki,
  • Allow caregivers to meet and build support networks,
  • Give caregivers the opportunity to say what support/training they would like and plan accordingly.

RSVP by Friday, 2 June to: Robyn Blyth [] or phone 03-961 4115. 

Association News


Below are details of the Key Contacts within Canterbury region for when you need support or details of gatherings.

Ashburton Foster Care Support Group:

Noella Talbot (03 308 3263)

Christchurch Family and Foster Care Association Inc:  

Jill Hurrell (03 347 4795);
Jan Halliday ( 0277662697)
Yvonne Collison (033588965)

Otautahi Foster Care Association

Angela Swinney (0212603962)
Graeme Swinney (033486257)
Raquel Lewis (0272588235)

South Canterbury Foster Whanau Support

Katrina Merrick (0274169708)
(More being signed up soon)

Otautahi Foster Care Association

Otautahi Foster Care Association last month enjoyed hearing the services of Naturally Nurtured.  Lorraine Haymes founding director clearly presented about the home based visits they provide.   We really value the input of professional speakers at our meetings – a huge and grateful thank you to Lorraine Haymes, and we wish you all the best with Naturally Nurtured.

We look forward to our next meeting at Bunnings, Tower Junction 21st of June 10 am.  Everyone is very welcome to attend. Come along be creative have some morning tea and meet Lorraine Murray our new Regional Coordinator.  Please RSVP to Angela phone 960 1417 for catering and craft purposes.

Watch this space for the July Holiday event for families.
Angela Swinney (Acting Chair person)

Christchurch Family & Foster Care Association

Welcome, we will be holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 05 July 2017 (Venue TBC).  Please contact Jill on 027 474 1927 or 03 338 0257, with numbers attending.  All present, past and new members or organizations and their families welcome.

Diary Note: Get togethers/Coffee Mornings held the 1st Wednesday of the month.


Have you noticed the changes to our Fostering Kids NZ. Click here and see that’s there are a lot of resources, podcasts, conference, training calendar and events. It will give you updated information about what is happening in the care sector.

Our conference this year will be held in Christchurch on 28–29th of September 2017. It will again be an amazing event right here in our own backyard.  Start planning now.  For those out of the city, you may want to know the accommodation costs, for those living around the city, ring Jennifer Kinsella at National Office.


I can never emphasis enough, the value of keeping up those unique skills needed for your caregiving role.

Term two gives us:

27th of June 17 – Child Development  – Christchurch

5th of July 17 – Understanding & Managing Behaviour – Christchurch

Please register online by following this link:

I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.


Canterbury Link

This closed page is for you, if you are a whanau/kin/foster caregiver. (insert link)  Please flick me an email, or request to come on-board.  It is great to have thought provoking posts added, or as they say…. a problem shared is a problem halved…. I know when caregiver peers offer their shared knowledge the encouragement and support of each other has been great.  So keep an eye on the page.  Any suggestions for items I can research or other useful/inspiring posts or comments gratefully received!



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