Canterbury News – March 2018

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Tēnā koutou katoa

What a wonderful summer we are having, I hope you have all managed to get out and about to enjoy it.  I am really looking forward to attending my first Excellence in Foster Care Awards on 9 March 2018 in Wellington.  To be there to see some amazing caregivers being recognised for the vital role they play in so many children and young people’s lives.

I am looking forward to meeting many more of you at the network/support groups and workshops that are planned throughout the year.  Please make use of your network/support groups, as they are a good way to connect with other caregivers. Remember to also use our closed Fostering Kids Canterbury facebook page for updates.  Click here to find events in your area for Children’s Day 4 March 2018. Following Children’s Day is Foster Care Awareness Week  5 – 10 March 2018.


A thought I took from our National Conference in Christchurch last year:

I’ve decided to revisit this again from one of the things I took from Dr Courtney Rennicke’s presentation – 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 if the child/young person rejects them.

Empathy:  motivates us to relate to others.



The Term One workshops still have spaces available. Please register online here.  Please go and have a look at what we are offering.  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.  Or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.


Lastly from me, please join the Fostering Kids NZ Canterbury Facebook group, 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, alternatively what you would like to see posted.


Ngā mihi

Associations/Network/Support Groups

Otautahi Foster Care Association

Email: Or Text 020 4119 6505.

Greetings everyone,

Hope that you are all refreshed and feeling like there is some routine to the day now that children are back to school, kindy or courses.

Otautahi Foster Care Association had a wonderful day at the Lingard’s home using their swimming pool. The weather was a little unpredictable in the morning but ended up being lovely in the afternoon. We ended the afternoon with a yummy pot luck BBQ.

Children’s Day is the 4 March. For some children it can be an over whelming experience attending the big city wide event.  We are meeting at the Halswell Domain from 1pm and will provide miniature train rides for families if you would like an alternative outing. Please let us know if you would like to attend so we give the trains an accurate number.

We are exploring the idea of hosting a camp in May for families at the Hanmer Forestry Lodge. I have pencil booked 11 – 13 May. I was thinking families would make their own way there at 7.00 pm.  There would be planned activities and free time for the pools etc. To secure a place we would require a bond.  If there is enough interest we will apply for funding.  Each family would have their own cabin. Can you please feedback your thoughts on providing transport, and paying a bond to attend.

Our March meeting will be on 21 March 2018, 10.00am at Avebury House in Richmond.  We will celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week a little late at this meeting. Would love to see you there. Please let us know if you are attending for catering purposes.  Nicola Hastie will be attending, from Oranga Tamariki, to give us an update on the changes so far or pending changes.

Thanks for all you do for the children in your care!  You are a valuable person in your child’s life.  Never under estimate your importance.

Yours in fostering

Angela Swinney


Christchurch, Family, Foster Care Association

We hope everyone had a safe and fun filled Christmas and New Year and would love to see you at our next coffee morning on Wednesday 7 March, in Rolleston.  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.

Kia Koutou

Jill Hurrell

Chairperson Christchurch, Family, Foster Care Association


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


South Canterbury Network/Association Group

Our group is holding a potluck lunch meeting at Rhonda’s place 11.30am on Wednesday 7 March 2018.  All welcome, for details please contact Katrina Merrick 027 416 9708 or


Rangiora Caregivers Group 

Hi there

We had an awesome morning tea, the first for 2018, on the 13 February 2018. A beautiful homemade morning tea made by our new caregiver Social Worker.

Lorraine from Fostering Kids NZ was there with the lovely L’Oréal products and Ngarie from Fostering Hope was there giving away baby clothes, nappies, books & toothbrushes. Alex who is now back at Rangiora and supervising the care team spoke at the morning tea.  It is good to see you back Alex.

It was great to see some old faces back and to see some new ones and have a catch up with everyone again.

Ready to face another year guys.

Dates for our next morning teas:

Tuesday 6 March

Tuesday 3 April

Tuesday 1 May

Tuesday 12 June

Be great to see you

Cheers Deb ( or you can give me a call on (03) 3146 776)



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