Central North News – March 2019

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

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

We are now well into the school year and back to being a taxi service for our tamariki (children).  Busy, Busy!  As well as putting all their events and commitments into our diaries, remember to make time for some Self-Care for you too!  It will be as beneficial to them as it is to you.

P.S  I am here for support, advocacy and a listening ear.

Email Gonny Ormsby centralnorthsupport@nullfosteringkids.org.nz or phone me 027 501 0393

As we start the journey towards Autumn, try and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible with your children before daylight savings comes our way again.  Thank you for the work you do 24/7 for our tamariki and mokopuna (grand children).

March Celebrations

The start of March is a very important time in the care sector in NZ.  From Sunday 3 March, we kick off Foster Care Awareness week with Children’s Day.  A day to celebrate the importance of tamariki/children in our lives.

Following on is Foster Care Awareness Week.  This is a week to highlight the wonderful role you all play in our communities and society too!  This important week is a time of acknowledging and appreciating the challenging and rewarding role you and your whanau/family undertake.

“The Big Splash” Rainbow Springs, Rotorua  – 2 March

A big thanks to the Bay of Plenty Fostercare Association for organising this in conjunction with Fostering Kids NZ again.  This great event was open for everyone in our region to attend with special discounted entry fee.   I’ll post some photos about this next Snippets. 


Studylink & Extraordinary Care Fund Important information to read on our website.

Support Groups

FASD (Fetal Alcohol) Support Group in Tauranga.

Milli Lovell is in the process of organising a day and venue to get this group up and running.  Any others interested in this please contact Milli:  milli.lovell@nullgmail.com ph 021 527 604

Rotorua Caregivers:  Thank you to Heather Jeffcote who has started up a support group for Rotorua caregivers!  Please contact Heather by email:  jeffcoteheather@nullgmail.com or by ph:  027 256 4550

Whakatane  Caregivers:Email Julia Burrup juliajburrup@nullgmail.com cell: 027 918 0917 for support, information and get togethers.  

Tokoroa Caregivers: For caregivers in the Tokoroa region wishing to get together for support and a cuppa, please contact Jill Lagas by email: jill.lagas@nullgmail.com or cell: 0274 816 182

Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association/ Support Group meet monthly for all types of caregivers. Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do. There has been a change of venue to MacDonald St, Mount Maunganui behind Top Kids.  Email Elissa for more info elissa_langton@nullhotmail.com  or mob 021 462 030

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

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

What Else Is Out There:

Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get- togethers on the first Monday of each month at 10.30 am.  Anyone interested please ring Win Macreadie on 0284021794.

Papa Kainga Foster Care Support: In home monthly visits by ECE trained educators for under school age children.  Contact Kathryn Hawkes papakainga@nullikindergartens.nz 0800 250 052 ext 3 to learn more about this wonderful service.

Tricia Corin, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.  Tricia is a passionate campaigner for this growing group of caregivers.  To contact Tricia go to their  GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637


If you’ve been to one of the four new workshops, we’ve had lots of great feedback about the 2-hour follow up sessions to these.  The Follow Up’s are a chance to talk about what you learnt, what you tried in your home and family and to share the journey. 

Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the workshops & 2-hour Follow Up’s and discussion sessions offered Caregivertraining@nullfosteringkids.org.nz  ph 0800 100 849. I Look forward to seeing you there.

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