East Coast News – February 2020

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all)

Welcome back to 2020.  Wow, we’re already into February and over the next couple of weeks you’ll be trying to get the tamariki back into the routines of life, especially those that attend school or preschool. I hope you managed to connect with whanau/family over the Christmas and the holiday break. I also hope that if you didn’t manage to squeeze in some recharge time for yourself, then you can over the next couple of weeks.  

March Celebrations

The first week in March is a very important time in the care sector in New Zealand. Sunday 1st March we kick off with Children’s Day. This is a day to celebrate the importance of tamariki in our lives, in our communities and in our society. This special day reminds all of us how precious our children are and how we all have a responsibility for them collectively. Check out this website for info and ideas:

or check out their Facebook page: Children’s Day New Zealand.

Following on from the Sunday celebrations is Foster Care Awareness week.  This is a week to highlight the wonderful role you all play in our communities and society too!  Whether you’re a whanau carer, Nanny, Aunty or Foster parent, it a time through all the challenges, to say the role you do in caring for our tamariki is so vital, important and lifesaving! 

Below are some events we’re a part of organising:

Dannervike: Book in the date: 3 March 2020 at the Oranga Tamariki Office 10 am. More details to come.

Napier: Book in the date: We are in the planning stages for Thursday 5 March. More details to come.

Excellence in Foster Care Awards: Friday 6th March 2020

To round out Foster Care Awareness Week, we will be celebrating the winners of the Excellence in Foster Care Awards! This year it will be held in Wellington. These amazing recipients will be announced closer to the date.

One-off School Start Up Fund

School and year start up fund applications are open until the 28th February for those receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or the Orphans’ Benefit. Make sure you apply for this one-off grant of between $400 – $550 (depending on the child’s age). Click on button below to find out more.


Self-care is important at any time of the year. Often the transition back into the school term is a challenging time for us as our tamariki adapt back into routines. Their internal fears of new teachers, new classrooms, new friends and new expectations can create turmoil that is expressed through behaviour. Acceptance and empathetic environments are the most effective ways to a stress-free beginning to the school day. Parenting tamariki with special needs, developmental trauma and/ or challenging behaviour is undeniably stressful. If you get a chance to read our article, then please take it. If you don’t get a chance, try and create an opportunity to do so as sometimes we just have to stop, make a cuppa and do something for ourselves.

Support Groups

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Contact Tricia Corin, Benefits Advocate for GRG has assisted many grandparents receive the entitlements they are due.  Please contact Tricia through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).

Tairawhiti (GISBORNE) Association
Your Key Contacts for support and get togethers:
Sarndy Matthews email: sarndym@nullhotmail.com or cell: 027 426 600.  
Also, Moana Kerr email: moana_kerr@nullhotmail.com or cell: 021 456 541.
Or on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tairawhiticaregivers/ 

Hawkes Bay Association
Email Cherie Hames (Hastings) cherie.mark@nullxtra.co.nz for support or details on get togethers/meetings ph 027 481 0440.
Or Jessica Uri (Napier) urifamily10@nullgmail.com ph: 021 0269 0067.
Thanks Cherie and Jessica for making yourselves available to caregivers in the Hawkes Bay.


Our Term One training schedule is now live! We are very excited to introduce a new 3 hour Workshop Discussion Session – Understanding the National Care Standards. Click the button below to find out more and to register.

Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Fostering Kids NZ you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources. If you are not already a member search Fostering Kids NZ Central North Support, and request to join the group. It’s easy and it’s free!

Click the link below to join!

 Fostering Kids East Coast NZ Closed Facebook Page

Nga mihinui/Kind regards



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