Canterbury News – December 2017/January 2018

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Tēnā koutou katoa

I would like to send a very heartfelt appreciation to all of our region’s associations, network & support groups and members for their support over the past six months. I have felt very welcome and extremely valued.  I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at the Christmas party on 8 December 2017 and the children and young people had an incredible time with all the exciting activities and gifts.  I would like to thank everyone involved who made this day special.  I would also like to give an extra big thank you to Angela and Ngarie who both went above and beyond in the planning and hard work that went into such an awesome party, they are both superstars.

Ngarie from Foster Hope asked if I could remind you that they make backpacks for children going into care and moving between foster homes; “We want to provide what a child or teen will need in that first 24 hours. Packs have a bag for larger items, soft toy, book, toy, toiletries, facecloth, undies and usually pjs and some “as new” clothing and a towel for teens, if the carer or social worker knows the size and asks. We still try to personalise the basic packs if we can”.

At the moment Foster Hope have:

  • Lots of books for ages mostly 7+ to give away.
  • Plenty of soft toys to share
  • Clothing for under 3; mostly small baby clothes.

If you have a child who has not received a quilt please request to be considered for Christmas 2017 via your social worker. Foster Hope do a whole lot more too!! Please see

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.

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 would you like to see posted.

Ngā mihi


Please come along to some of the training workshops or discussion sessions I am running in the New Year.  Please check the training calendar here link,   to view dates, locations and to register. It is a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role.

News from our caregiver groups from around the region

On behalf of The Christchurch Family Foster Care Association we would like to send a very heartfelt appreciation to all our members and wish them all a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Remember we meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month, to catch up and support each other.  Anyone is welcome, caregivers of any age, gender, grandparents raising grandchildren, whānau caregivers and children.  The more the merrier!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any enquiries (027 474 1927).

Kind Regards Jill Hurrell
Chairperson Christchurch,Family, Foster Care Association

Rangiora Caregivers Group 

Did you know that every month there is a caregiver’s morning tea held at the Rangiora offices? These are wonderfully supportive and there are some awesome caregivers who like yourself some times are in need of a chat or some advice.

Once I have the dates for next year’s caregivers group I will post it on the Canterbury Fostering Kids NZ page. Or if you want to contact me to find out more, my email is or you can give me a call on 03 314 6776.

Have an awesome Xmas and wonderful New Year.
Cheers Deb

Otautahi – Christmas Greetings Everyone

Christmas is fast approaching – it feels to me like its coming ready or not!  We had approximately 20 at our last Christmas morning tea and shared our valued learning experiences from the conference.

We all had different highlights and it was nice to go away from the meeting with fresh inspiration.

We have a swim and BBQ planned for the summer break before the children head back to school, keep watching your emails for further details, date and time.   Everyone is most welcome to attend.

The end of the year is a great time to look back, reflect and see how far you have come, look for the small significant steps you have made with the children you care for.  Be proud of your achievements, treat yourself and know that you are playing a meaningful role in a young person’s life.

All the best for 2018, I was once given a card that said:

Forget the bling, bling

enjoy the whanau thing”. 

Enjoy the season with the tamariki they grow up so fast!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Angela Swinney
Chairperson Otautahi Foster Care Association


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