Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Tairawhiti and the Hawkes Bay Regional Hui a success and accessible to your part of the country. It was great to hear what services are available locally. Thank you to those speakers who took the time to inform us of their particular service/agency.
Also to the keynote speakers Dr Nicola Atwool, David Spraggs and Michael Payne – your passion for the work you do was inspiring! We are grateful you are around to make a difference for children in Aotearoa!
To Sarndy Matthews, Moana Kerr, Wendy & Hannah Pluijmers who took care of the registration desks – nga mihinui/a big thank you!
And aroha mai/ love to those colleagues who were involved in the several months of preparation.
We now look forward to the 2019 Bi-Annual National Fostering Kids NZ Conference in Auckland, next October.
Summer is now upon us with school holidays and Christmas! Hard to believe the year has gone so fast. Here’s a few events and information:
New Support Groups: Special interest groups eg based on location, FASD, grandparents, etc. can register with Fostering Kids NZ and receive a contribution of $3.00 per member who attends your support group meetings towards the cost of refreshments, for up to eight meetings a year. Rural areas need only three members and city groups need five members to qualify for the contribution. Individuals can belong to several groups.
To discover support groups in your region please contact Fostering Kids NZ (FKNZ) 0800 693 323
S T A N D SERVICES FOR CHILDREN – Gisborne
Contact STAND on 06 867 5614 or check out their website for information on their services and school holiday programme.
Tricia Corin, Benefits Advocate for GRG has assisted many grandparents receive the entitlements they are due. Tricia is a passionate campaigner for this growing group of caregivers. Contact Tricia through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).
TAIRAWHITI: for support and get togethers contact:
Sarndy Matthews email: email@example.com or cell: 027 426 600.
Moana Kerr email: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 021 456 541
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tairawhiticaregivers/
Thanks Sarndy and Moana for your help and making yourselves available to Tairawhiti caregivers.
HAWKES BAY: Email Cherie Hames email@example.com for support or details about get togethers/meetings. Thanks also, Cherie for your support.
2019 Calendar (term one) will soon be out. We will email you when it is, so keep an eye out.
The Christmas close down period for Fostering Kids NZ is Saturday 22 December, 2018 to Monday 14 January, 2019. During this time, our main line will not be manned. If your situation is critical, please call our critical support line 0800 693 278. If your situation is urgent, please call the 24/7 caregiver help line 0508 227 377.
Finally, I’d like to wish you a safe, very happy and playful time with your family and friends these holidays. Enjoy the outdoors as much as possible with your children. Thank you for the work you do 24/7 for our tamariki and mokopuna – often the unsung heroes but not to me!!!!! Mere Kirihimete me Tau Hou Hari! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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