Fostering Kids New Zealand has been recognising the extraordinary work that caregivers do by celebrating the Excellence in Foster Care awards annually since 2007. In 2012, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, partnered with Fostering Kids NZ and have now successfully hosted the awards together for 6 years.
The 2018 awards ceremony was held during Foster Care Awareness week, with a ceremony held at Parliament, hosted by The Minister for Children, Hon. Tracey Martin on Friday 9th March. The ten recipients from throughout New Zealand received their award from Minister Martin, Gráinne Moss, Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki and Linda Surtees, Chief Executive of Fostering Kids NZ.
“People who provide foster and permanent homes for tamariki, never do it for the recognition – they do it because they care deeply. But they do deserve widespread support and thanks from the community and this is a great opportunity to celebrate them,” said Fostering Kids NZ CEO Linda Surtees.
Speaking at the 2018 event, The Minister for Children, Hon. Tracey Martin, spoke of what a privilege it was to host the Awards. “I have huge admiration and respect for every one of this country’s foster carers. Your generosity and that of your families is amazing.”
“The carers who win the Excellence in Foster Care Awards are the best of a fantastic group of people who provide hope, love and sense of belonging that all children deserve,” Minister Martin said.
Here are the amazing recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Awards (to read some of their stories click the recipients’ name).
Eufracia (Perry) Bunao’s story, Tauranga.
Janice Goodgame’s story, Rangiora.
Lynda and Aka Alesana, Christchurch.
Kerry and Lyall Halder’s story, Invercargill.
Tracy and Phil Inwood’s story, Christchurch.
Linda and Robert Jones’ story, Invercargill.
Sarah and Sean Martin, Dunedin.
Mary-Anne and John Tahi Tahi, Auckland.
Brenda and Malcolm Yorston’s story, Auckland.
Ingrid Chapman, Auckland.
Below is a video of the highlights from the 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Awards.
Nominations for 2019 are now open!
Nominations close 5.00pm, Monday 19 November 2018.
To nominate an amazing caregiver or caregiver couple, please download and complete this form here: EFCA Nomination Form.
For further information please call National Office on 0800 693 323. Alternatively send an email to Bianca at firstname.lastname@example.org