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 seven years.
Nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Foster Care Awards are now closed.
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Outstanding caregivers recognised – 2019 Excellence in Foster Care Awards
The 2019 Excellence in Foster Care Awards were held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland on the 16 October, where twelve caregivers were recipients of this years’ awards.
The evening was a buzz as friends, family, supporters and peers celebrated and acknowledged extraordinary caregivers who have some of the most challenging and rewarding roles.
The recipients had travelled from around New Zealand to be at the ceremony, hosted by Fostering Kids NZ and Oranga Tamariki.
The evening was opened with a warm welcome from Minister Martin before the recipients were called up to receive their award.
The testimonies were humbling and inspiring as the audience heard stories of caregivers who go over and above for the children and young people in their care.
Guest speaker, the Honourable Ron Mark, also shared some of his experiences growing up in care and the impacts his caregivers had on him over the years.
An honour to recognise
Minister Martin says it was an honour to recognise those who are making an exceptional contribution to the tamariki in their care.
“I would like to acknowledge the patience, resilience and strength it takes to be a caregiver. It’s with the support of these amazing people, that children learn what it means to be safe and to be loved.”
The Minister also thanked those friends, family and agencies who support caregivers to be their best for children and young people in care.
Linda Surtees, CEO of Fostering Kids, says it was a real privilege to be celebrating these wonderful caregivers.
“We know that caregivers don’t do it for the recognition, they do it for love. I have no doubt these recipients will continue to grow and do great things for kids in their care.”
The award recipients are: Robin and Kahu Grace (Tauranga), Gayle Meijer (Invercargill), Lynne Kenny (Hamilton), Margaret Chung (Auckland), Amy and Terence Brinkman (Nelson), Constance Mason (Blenheim), Deb and Greg Curtis (Waipara), Mark and Maralyn Wallace (Christchurch).