Central North News – December 2017/January 2018

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

Kia ora koutou

It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whanau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well, but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle. Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  I wish you well over the holiday period.  Have lots of safe fun.

I will be on Christmas leave from Friday, 22 December 2017 until Monday, 15 January 2018. During this time, should you require URGENT support, please contact 027 369 3323 and leave your name and contact number.  These messages will be checked on regular basis.

A gem from our National Conference last September in Christchurch:

One of the things that stood out for me at the presentation called “Re-awaken the Capacity to Connect in Hurt Children” by Dr Courtney Rennicke.  A simple summary of how to connect with hurt children from her presentation is the PACE Model.

P       PLAYFULNESS * Help child to experience enjoyment in the relationship.  An open, calm, ready, relaxed and engaged attitude.
A       ACCEPTANCE * Unconditionally accepting a child makes them feel secure, safe & loved.
C       CURIOSITY * Curiosity involves a quiet, accepting tone that conveys a simple desire to understand the child. Stay curious, wonder why.
E       EMPATHY * A sense of compassion for the child & their feelings. Stay with the child emotionally, providing comfort & support.
   Click here to view the full powerpoint presentation.


Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get togethers on the first Thursday of each month. Their first meeting for next year will be held on Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 10am.  Those interested please ring Ruth 027 772 2230.

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 which is available in the Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo regions.

Tauranga Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meet on the first Tuesday of each month. Their first meeting for next year will be held on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.  Contact Karen 07 579 3571 or email jewelzs@nullhotmail.com for more information.


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, 31 Gloucester Road, Mt Maunganui.  Their first meeting for next year will be held on Friday, 2 February 2018 at 10am.  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 mobile 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.com

Tokoroa/Rotorua Association

Rotorua Support group.   For more details email Colleen mcellisnz@nullyahoo.com.au or cell:  022 630 3164.

Tokoroa Support:  Email Sharron werwhanau@nullgmail.com or cell: 027 504 9887.

Taupo Association

Family Fun Day:  Free tickets to the Pool Party on Saturday, 16 December 2017 at 10am – 2pm at Taupo De Bretts Hot Springs, 76 Napier Taupo Highway SH5; will be available through Belinda Merz. Email Belinda bmerz@nullclear.net.nz cell: 027 241 1775 for support and get togethers.

Whakatane Association

Family Fun Day: Free tickets to the Pool Party on Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 10am – 2pm at the Whakatane Aquatic Centre, 28 Short Street; will be available through Wendy Hickman (see below for details) or Gonny Ormsby centralnorthsupport@nullfosteringkids.org.nz

Email Wendy desertrose@nullmaxnet.co.nz  cell: 027 462 7356 for support and get togethers.


The Term One training schedule is now live on our website. Please go and have a look at what we are offering next term. I would love to see you at one of the trainings. This is such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role. Registrations are required, please register here.  Or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

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