Central North News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou

Seasons are definitely changing as winter is well on its way and as we head to the middle of the year and feel the chillier months.  Things are changing for me too.  I’m going to have the privilege of working full time for Fostering Kids New Zealand very soon as I will be extending the regional areas that I support.

From the middle of next month, I will be gradually taking on the East Coast region, including the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne/Tairawhiti.  In my previous professional role, I travelled this area so have some great connections already in place.  I’ll be planning my terms making sure I do ‘road trips’ to all the areas in the Central and East of my new region.  I very much still want to connect with you all as much as possible when I am facilitating the training workshops and attending get the togethers/network groups in each area.  Being full time will mean that you can contact me Monday to Friday (from the middle of July) if you need some support or have any questions.

Over the last month, I’ve been able to support some of you as you have struggled with situations and wanted some advocacy.  I do count it as an honour to journey with Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers especially when situations of stress get resolved.   If any of you are struggling with a situation, please contact either myself, your local Key Contact or National Office.  Our focus at Fostering Kids NZ is to try to get the best supports caregivers need.

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Gonny Ormsby
Central North Regional Coordinator
Cell: 027 501 0393
Email: centralnorth@nullfosteringkids.org.nz



Have you noticed the changes to our Fostering Kids NZ website?  Click here and see what they are.  There are a lot of resources, podcasts, conference, training calendar and events. It will also give you updated information about what is happening in the changing care sector.

Our conference this year will be held in Christchurch on 28–29th September 2017. It will again be an amazing event.  Start planning now, while flights are less expensive.


Fostering Kids Central North NZ

This closed page is for you, if you are a whanau/kin/foster caregiver. Please flick me an email, or request to come on-board.  It is great to have thought provoking posts added, or as they say…. a problem shared is a problem halved…. I know when caregiver peers offer their shared knowledge the encouragement and support of each other has been great.  So keep an eye on the page.  Any suggestions for items I can research or other useful / inspiring posts or comments gratefully received!

Association News

Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association:

Support Group for all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month 10am till 12 midday at the Hillier Centre, Gloucester St, Mount Maunganui.  Come and share a cuppa,  receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do.  Friday 2nd of June.

Forever Families is a support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency.  They meet monthly according to interest. Next meeting will be held Monday 12th of June 10am-12pm, at Laura Woods, 47 Danny Place, Pyes Pa.  For more information please contact Laura 07 5779695 or 0275552872.  July meeting will be held on Monday 3rd of July 10am-12pm, at Kirsty Thomas 131 Merrick Road, Pyes Pa.

Tokoroa/Rotorua Association:

Tokoroa Support:  Contact Sharron Livingston 07 886 6046 or 0275049887.

Rotorua Support group/morning tea

In response to a call by some local caregivers to meet over a cuppa, Colleen Ellis has kindly offered her home as a meeting spot this June on Tuesday 13th of June at 9.30am, at 13 Dawson Drive, Ngongotaha, phone 0226303164.  All are welcome.

Taupo Association:

Family Rock Hunting & afternoon tea.

Location: Botanical Gardens, Shepherd Road.

Meet:  Top carpark

Date:  Saturday 24th of June 2.30pm.  If wet postponed to Saturday 1 July.

What to bring: Blanket, something to collect rocks with & afternoon tea.

All children will receive a prize for their rock hunting.

Please RSVP to Belinda by Friday 16 June on 0272411775 or bmerz@nullclear.net.nz, so we can make sure we have enough prizes for all of the children.  Should you require further information please contact Belinda directly.

Whakatane  Association:

Support/Coffee Group:  Contact Wendy Hickman 0275049887 for support and get togethers.


If any of you are struggling with a situation, your Key Contacts are:

Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association | Contact: Sue Heath | 07 573 5514 | kevsue@nulleol.co.nz

Rotorua Foster Care Association | Vacant |

Taupo Foster Care Association | Contact: Belinda Merz | 027 241 1775 | bmerz@nullclear.net.nz

Whakatane Foster Care Association | Contact: Wendy Hickman | 027 462 7356 | desertrose@nullmaxnet.co.nz


I am wondering how many people might be interested in attending our trainings on a Saturday or evenings. Please let me know if you are interested in this at and we will organise it.

Term Two Training courses coming up:

7th of June 17     Identity & Belonging, Taupo

23rd of June 17   Team Work, Tauranga

5th of July 17      Safety & Prevention, Tauranga

Make sure you register on this link https://fosteringkids.net/schedule/schedule.php

I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.


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