East Coast News – March 2018

East Coast RC
Gonny Ormsby
07 281 1137 or
027 501 0393

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

I hope you are all safe and that the damage was minimal from the recent Gita storm.

This month kicks off with a really important focus… You!

It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018).  Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in your area.

Fostercare Awareness week then follows.  This is a week to highlight and appreciate all of you; the wonderful caregivers. Whether you provide emergency, interim, transitional, permanent, whanau / kin care, or  family home care. We want to celebrate and be thankful for all the work that you do.

You change lives when you provide a loving secure base for children and young people.  This creates positive attachment and connections.  Your acceptance of who they are, empathising with their hurts allows them a place where healing can start.  Lives can be changed!


Recently, I accompanied some grandparents raising their grandchildren to visit Anne Tolley, former Minister of Social Development. We were graciously received with home baked date scones and Anne gave generously of her time.  An important reminder she gave is that the Children’s Clothing Allowance is to be given to all caregivers receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit, starting 1 July 2018.  We will update you closer to the date.


Network/Support Groups

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:  I recently met up with Tricia Corin Benefits Advisor for GRG.  She is a passionate campaigner for grandparents raising grandchildren often helping them to receive the financial entitlements they are due.  Find her on the GRG website or call 0800GRANDS 0800 472 637 for those out of Auckland.

Association Information

Tairawhiti (Gisborne) Association 

Please contact Sarndy or Moana about Children’s Day and Fostercare Awareness week events on in Gisborne. Their details are:

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 here.

Thanks Sarndy and Moana for your help and making yourselves available to Tairawhiti caregivers.

Hawkes Bay Association

Support Group Get Together: Meeting on Wednesday 21 March, 1.30pm at MacDonald’s Café, Taradale.  I am planning to be there and look forward to meeting with you again.  There will be lots to share, no doubt.

Email Cherie Hames cherie.mark@nullxtra.co.nz for support or details on get togethers/meetings. Again contact Cherie if you want information about Children’s Day and Fostercare Awareness week events in the Hawkes Bay area.


Importance of Play:  Sally Moffat (previously from Tauranga, now based in Wellington) has been working on and has delivered this workshop several times.  I have had the privilege of learning from and working with her on this.  Play is one of my favourite subjects so I am excited about delivering this new workshop in Napier on 20 March 2018.

Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the other training offered in Wairoa.  The topic is “How Best To Support Trauma Affected Children”, on Thursday 22 March 10.00am – 12.00pm followed by lunch. This will be in partnership with your Oranga Tamariki Caregiver Social Worker.

Let’s face it, most of the children in care have experienced some sort of trauma early in life and this can affect their behaviour.  We will discuss some ways of being with them that will concentrate on building relationships while working with behaviour – “the two hands of parenting”.  Book online here or contact Christine 0800 100 849.   Look forward to meeting you there!

Nga mihi



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