East Coast News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone

By now some of you may have heard that Cath Jeffares has moved on to support her husband’s new role.  I know she was sad to leave her role, but with her husband’s travel and two boys still at home, Cath felt she wanted to be there for him and her family.  We wish Cath all the best and know that in the short time she was with Fostering Kids NZ, she focused on raising our profile around the East Coast, initiated engaging with Foster/Whanau and Kin caregivers as well as began to build networks with the agencies in this area.

The good news is that I’d like to introduce Gonny Ormsby to you.  Gonny is going to be the new Regional Coordinator for the East Coast.  Gonny will be working full time, so along with the Central North area, she will be able to support, build networks and relationships up and down the East Coast.  Gonny is looking forward to meeting you all over the next while, as she already has some personal connections with this region.  Gonny can say a bit more about herself in the next month’s Snippets.

Gonny’s contact details are: Cell: 027 501 0393/07 281 1137  or call 0800 693 323.


 East Coast Link

This closed page is for you, if you are a whanau/kin/foster caregiver.  Please flick me (Stephanie) 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 or other useful / inspiring posts or comments gratefully received!


Association News

If any of you are struggling with a situation, remember your Associations and Key Contacts are here to assist you.


Tairawhiti Foster Care Association

We are a local group of caregivers that are wanting to meet up regularly to share experiences, ask questions, network and support each other through our caregiving journeys.  Find us on Facebook, Tairāwhiti Caregivers Association or contact one of us below:

Sarndra Matthews | 027 426 2600 | sarndym@nullhotmail.com

Moana Kerr | 021 456 541 | moana.kerr@nullhotmail.com

We are hoping to have our next catch up in a few weeks so hope to see you soon.

Hawkes Bay Foster Care Association

More information to come soon on what we are up to….

Cherie Hames | 027 481 0440 | cherie.mark@nullxtra.co.nz


If you are a Foster/Whanau/Kin caregiver, we offer free training that helps you in your amazing role.  We are looking forward to delivering National Caregiver Training workshops in:

20th of June 17 – Attachment and Resilience, Gisborne

23rd of June 17 – Safety & Prevention, Hastings

28th of June – Legal Issues, Napier

Please follow this link to register:

https://fosteringkids.net/schedule/schedule.php.  See you there!!



 Noho ora mai

Stephanie James-Sadler
National Manager – Training & Support
Freephone: 0800 693 323
Email: support@nullfosteringkids.org.nz




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