Canterbury News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Foster Care Awareness Week this year is 03 – 09 March.  This gives us an opportunity to give thanks to you, the amazing, selfless caregivers who have such huge hearts for what you do.  After such success at last year’s event, its been arranged for you again to have the opportunity to make hanging baskets, on Thursday 07 March at 10am, at Bunnings Tower Junction.  There will also be a chance to catch up after, over a cup of tea or coffee, with other caregivers.  It was so good last year, I have been asked to arrange again this year, see the photos below!

Please let me know if you would like to attend as I need to notify Bunnings of numbers, 027 501 0392.


I am really enjoying the new trauma informed, National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) workshops.  Please go and have a look at what we are offering for the rest of the term.  I would love to see you at one of the trainings.  These workshops are such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role.  Registrations are required, please register here.   Or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

The workshops are also a wonderful way to meet other caregivers and build up your support networks.  Please also make the use of your support groups, as they are a good way to connect with other caregivers. 

Lastly from me, please join the Fostering Kids NZ Canterbury Facebook group, this is a closed page for caregivers only.  I welcome your feedback as to whether you find the things I post of interest, or, ideas on what would you like to see posted.

Ngā mihi


Foster Hope
If you are in Christchurch and have a need, please call Ngarie on 03 3562455 . The answer machine is always on and if she misses you she will usually get back to you within a couple of days.  Foster Hope do a whole lot!!   Please see . 

Support Groups

Otautahi Foster Care Association
2018 gone and 2019 has arrived. Another year for our group to look forward to with our families. The picnic tea nights were lovely in the gardens.  We were disappointed to have to cancel one because of weather! We look forward to more outings during the year.

Our committee have plans for another breakfast and an outing with the children.
We are so lucky to have people serving on the committee who are dedicated to help and support all foster carers.  Look forward to seeing you during this year. Email: Or Text 020 4119 6505.

Rangiora Caregivers Group 
Hi there and welcome back to 2019.

The next Ranigora Caregivers morning tea is on the Wednesday 6 March.

I am hoping to get some other get togethers organised in the area over the year, any ideas of where and when, please give me a text.

I am also looking to set up support group dates for the area too under the Fostering Kids NZ umbrella.  So let me know what sort of support group you would like.  My email is or you could text me on 027 389 4020.

Thanks Deb 

Ashburton Network/Association Group
We would love to re-establish an Ashburton group again this year.  It can look and be as you would like it to be.  It’s for Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers in the area.  Please contact Lorraine if you’d like to be a part of it.

South Canterbury Network Group
All welcome, for details please contact Katrina Merrick 027 416 9708 or

Christchurch, Family, Foster Care Association
Please contact Jill: 027 474 1927.

Canterbury Closed Facebook group


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