Central North News – April 2017

Kia ora koutou

What a weather bomb we were hit with early in March!  However, while it was causing havoc up here, Wellington turned on a perfect day to end the Foster Care Awareness Week with the Excellence in Foster Care Awards on Friday 10th.  It was a privilege and an honour to be present at Government House to proudly witness the presentations to the worthy recipients.

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Gonny Ormsby

Central North Regional Coordinator

Cell: 027 501 0393

Email: centralnorth@nullfosteringkids.org.nz

Association Information

Tauranga Association:

Event:  Easter Event, 5 April at Fergusson Park, Tauranga – more details to come.

AGM:  11 April 7.30pm followed by a Wine & Cheese Evening.

Support Group: For all types of caregivers on Friday 7 April 10am – midday at the Hillier Centre, Gloucester Street, Mount Maunganui and every first Friday of each month.  Come and share a cuppa, receive support and share with each other in the wonderful work you do.

Forever Families: This is a support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency.  They meet monthly according to interest.  For more information, please contact Laura 07 577695 or 0275552872.  I have heard Laura will be away for a while, so leave a message for when she returns.

Papamoa Give & Get:  I’ve been told this is a great site where no money passes hands just an exchange of goods.

Tokoroa/Rotorua Association:

Support:  Contact Sharron Livingstone 07 886 6046 or 0275049887

Event:  An event is in the planning stages for early May (after school holidays) in Rotorua.  We are looking at an “Internet Safety Presentation” from Netsafe as this is a great concern for caregivers and parents. Also a great opportunity to get together with other members over a cuppa.

Taupo Association:

Support/Coffee GroupPlease contact Belinda Merz ph 07 3772164 or 0272411775 for further information.


What: A get together BBQ

When: Saturday 29 April 11am – 2pm

Where: AC Baths, Taupo

Bring: Togs, towels and food for BBQ lunch

All welcome! A fun day to meet and share.

RSVP to Belinda above.

Whakatane  Association:

Support/Coffee Group:  It was great to meet up with Wendy Hickman, your Key Contact, this month in Kawerau.

The next Coffee Group Meeting is at Wendy’s home 96 Valley Road, Kawerau, on Monday 3 April at 10am. L’Oreal products and a variety of knitted goods available.  All welcome. Wendy’s contacts are: 027 462 7356 or desertrose@nullmaxnet.co.nz (if bringing a plate, could it please be gluten free – allergies).


The Attachment and Resiliency Training was held in Tokoroa on the 15th February.  Thanks to all of you who made the effort to attend and fully participate.  I really enjoyed meeting you and sharing our “care stories” throughout the day.

We have several workshops coming up:

Child Development in Taupo on 1st March

Carer Families in Tauranga on 15th March

Maltreatment and Family Violence in Rotorua on 29th March

Registrations are still open.

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