Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
I had the pleasure, along with several excited teens in care from Tauranga, to attend the L’Oréal Face Your Future event on the 19 – 20 April. You may have seen the 7 Sharp feature on TV midway in April. At the L’Oréal Face Your Future, the teens were “made over” in readiness for meeting with various professions/industry leaders.
The theme of the event is ‘don’t let your past define your future’. I am sure many of the youth who attended took inspiration from the event.
This was the 10th Anniversary of L’Oréal and Fostering Kids NZ hosting and sponsoring this event. I feel privileged to have attended. I will share with you more on how it all went in the June Snippets.
Changes to Income Support – Families Package
The Government announced their Families Package in December 2017.
On 1 April 2018 changes to the Accommodation Supplement and Accommodation Benefit (Students) come into effect.
The maximum rates for all four areas will go up and some places will move into a different Accommodation Supplement Area. Please refer to the Ministry’s website page on the Families Package and follow the links for more information.
New payments are also being introduced on 1 July; i.e. the introduction of the Best Start Tax credit, the Winter Energy Payment and Working for Families Tax Credits are changing.
Best Start Tax Credit: This is a new payment for each child born (or due) on or after 1 July 2018 until they turn three.
- MSD clients can choose to get it paid by Work and Income or the IRD.
- $60 a week for each child until they turn one.
- Payments will then reduce for a family income over $79,000.
Winter Energy Payment: It will start from the 1 July 2018 (for 13 Weeks), and from 1 May 2019 onwards (for 22 weeks). It is available to people on a Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment, Youth Payment, Young Parent Payment, Emergency Benefit (including Emergency Maintenance Allowance), NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension.
Single people with no dependent children will receive $20.46 a week and couples or those with dependent children will receive $31.82 (or $15.91 each).
Transitional Assistance: According to the Ministry some people may see an overall decrease in their income because of their particular circumstances. A short term payment will be available to them until their income increases.
Kia Kaha/ Be strong
Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke hold regular get togethers on the first Tuesday of each month. Those interested in attending, please ring Win Macreadie on 0284021794. Win is taking over from Ruth as coordinator for a few months.
Tauranga Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meet on the first Friday of each month. Contact Karen 07 579 3571 or email email@example.com for more information.
Papa Kainga Foster Care Support – In home monthly visits by ECE trained educators for under school age children. Contact Kathryn Hawkes firstname.lastname@example.org 0800 250 052 ext 3 to learn more about this wonderful service which is available in the Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo regions.
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association:
Movie Fundraiser: This year’s movie is the comedy “The Breaker Upperers” from the same producer as “Boy” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”. On Thursday 10 May at Rialto Cinemas, Tauranga. Nibbles & Spot Prizes from 7pm. Movie starts at 8pm and tickets are $20. Bookings essential!…. Get in quick! Email: email@example.com text/call 021 1982 302
Support Group for all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month, 10am till 12 midday at the Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui . Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do.
On Friday 6 April the Labour MP Jan Tinetti came to our support meeting. She was so engaging and had a real insight from her experience of being Principal of Merivale School on how it was for caregivers. Jan invited us to share what’s working and what’s not with her. She said she had a lot of respect for our new Minister for Children, Tracey Martin, and would share our stories/concerns with her.
Email Elissa for more info firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Email Belinda firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 027 241 1775 for support, information and get togethers.
Email Wendy email@example.com cell: 027 462 7356 for support and get togethers.
Good in the Hood
Shop at the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for the Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association.
GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four neighbourhood groups. Customers vote for their chosen neighbourhood group and the funds are divided between the groups depending on the percentage of votes they receive.
Every purchase you make – not just petrol – gives you a chance to vote.
- Z Bethlehem, Tauranga (Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association)
Please spread the word to get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community too. Thank you for your support.
Registrations for term two are now open and are filling fast! Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the workshops offered – Teamwork in Tokoroa, Building Secure Attachments in Taupo in May, and Working With Adolescents in Tauranga in May.
Book online here or call Christine 0800 100 849 if you have any queries.
Look forward to meeting you there!
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