Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
I had the pleasure, along with several excited teens in care from Tauranga, to attend the L’Oréal Face Your Future event on 19 – 20 April. You may have seen the 7 Sharp feature on TV midway in April. At the L’Oréal Face Your Future, the teens were “made over” in readiness for meeting with various professions/industry leaders.
The theme of the event is ‘don’t let your past define your future’. I am sure many of the youth who attended took inspiration from the event.
This was the 10th Anniversary of L’Oréal and Fostering Kids NZ hosting and sponsoring this event. I feel privileged to have attended. I will share with you more on how it all went in the June Snippets.
Kia Kaha/ Be strong
Changes to Income Support – Families Package
The Government announced their Families Package in December 2017.
On 1 April changes to the Accommodation Supplement and Accommodation Benefit (Students) come into effect.
The maximum rates for all 4 areas will go up and some places will move into a different Accommodation Supplement area. Please refer to the Ministry’s website page on the Families Package and follow the links for more information.
New payments are also being introduced on 1 July; i.e. the introduction of the Best
Start Tax credit, the Winter Energy Payment and Working for Families Tax Credits are changing.
Best Start Tax Credit: This is a new payment for each child born (or due) on or after 1 July 2018 until they turn three.
- MSD clients can choose to get it paid by Work and Income or the IRD.
- $60 a week for each child until they turn one.
- Payments will then reduce for a family income over $79,000.
Winter Energy Payment: It will start from the 1 July 2018 (for 13 Weeks), and from 1 May 2019 onwards (for 22 weeks). It is available to people on a Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment, Youth Payment, Young Parent Payment, Emergency Benefit (including Emergency Maintenance Allowance), NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension.
Single people with no dependent children will receive $20.46 a week and couples or those with dependent children will receive $31.82 (or $15.91 each).
Transitional Assistance: According to the Ministry some people may see an overall decrease in their income because of their particular circumstances. A short term payment will be available to them until their income increases
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. Please contact Tricia who comes from Thames 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: email@example.com or cell: 027 426 600.
Also, Moana Kerr email: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 021 456 541
Or on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tairawhiticaregivers/
Thanks Sarndy and Moana for your help and making yourselves available to Tairawhiti caregivers.
HAWKES BAY ASSOCIATION
Email Cherie Hames email@example.com for support or details on get togethers/meetings.
Save the Date: ONE DAY HUI in our region.
Fostering Kids NZ are in the planning stages for two One Day Hui – one in Gisborne on 30 October and one in Hastings on 1 November. The general theme will be around supporting a trauma affected child. So watch this space for more information and book out theses dates.
Good in the Hood
Shop at one of the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for Fostering Kids NZ.
GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four neighbourhood groups. Customers vote for their chosen neighbourhood group and the funds are divided between the groups depending on the percentage of votes they receive.
Every purchase you make – not just petrol – gives you a chance to vote.
- Z Gisborne, Gisborne
- Z Windsor, Hastings
- Z Karamu Road, Hastings
Please spread the word to get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community too. Thank you for your support.
Our Term two training calendar is now open for registrations. Check out our training calendar for training in your area. Book online here or call Christine 0800 100 849 if you have any queries. Look forward to meeting you there!
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