Central North News – July 2019

Central North RC
Gonny Ormsby
07 281 1137 or
027 501 0393

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

I trust all is going well with Matariki celebrations/remembrances in your region. It is so lovely to have something to look forward to in these winter months.

I just want to highlight that many caregivers can often feel isolated as friends, whānau and other parents don’t understand the challenges to this selfless role. This is why getting together with other caregivers or support groups can be so valuable, so please get involved. Have a look further on in these Snippets for groups / contact people in your area. 

Here is something else to look forward to if you’re in the wider Tauranga area:

Extraordinary Care Fund (ECF)

If you receive the Unsupported Child or Orphan’s Benefit for a child in your care, you are eligible to apply to the ECF for a grant of up to $2,000 in each financial year (1 July to 31 June).

The ECF is designed to support children who are:

• Experiencing difficulties that are significantly impacting on their development; or

• Showing promise in a particular area

Click the following link for more information: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/extraordinary-care-fund.html#null

Support Groups

Tauranga Support:

Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get-togethers on the first Tuesday of each month. Those interested please ring Win Macreadie on 028 402 1794.      

FASD Support Group – LAST Sunday of the month, 30 June from 1.00 pm at 26 Mission St, Tauranga City. Contact Milli Lovell 021 527 604 for more information.

Forever Families is a support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency. They meet monthly according to interest. Email Laura usakiwi@nullme.com                  

BOP Fostercare Association Support Group for all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month 10.00 am till 12:00 pm next to Top Kidz, MacDonald St, Mount Maunganui.  Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do. Email Elissa for more info elissa_langton@nullhotmail.com or mob 021 462 030

Taupo Support:

Email Belinda belindamerz1@nullicloud.com cell: 027 241 1775 for support, information and get-togethers.

Tokoroa Support:

Jill Lagas has kindly offered to convene support group meetings for caregivers in this area. Please contact Jill on 027 481 6182.

Whakatane Support:

Email Julia Burrup: juliajburrup@nullgmail.com or phone 027 918 0917.

Other Support Services:

Papa Kainga Foster Care Support – In home monthly visits by ECE trained educators for under school age children. Contact Kathryn Hawkes on papakainga@nullikindergartens.nz or call 0800 250 052 ext 3 to learn more about this wonderful service available in the Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo regions.


Legal Issues Tauranga, the updated version has a “Follow-Up” session, so we can really get a grasp on the content and your situation.  This will be on 31 July 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm for those who attended the original day workshop.

There will also be a Discussion Session for everyone who attended “Access & Contact”. This will be on 31 July 10.00 am – 12.00 pm. This was held in Rotorua last month. It was a good opportunity to learn about how the children, not the adults, must be at the forefront of all access arrangements.

Training for Term 3:

Workshops (6 hours) in Rotorua, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Taupo,

Discussion Sessions (2 hours) in Tauranga and Rotorua after the school holidays.

Please check out our website for the training calendar and register.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ka kite ano, nga mihi/kind regards


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