From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s April Korero

CEO’s Kōrero (conversation) …

The ongoing question for us at Fostering Kids NZ is – are we doing the best for our members? As an organisation, we evolved from the ground up. In 1976, a group of caregivers came together to support each other and to have a collective voice. From small beginnings, we are now a national organisation, supporting around 5000 members.

As you may know, we have been conducting a cultural survey, so that you can continue to guide us in the direction that best suits your needs to support the tamariki (children) or rangitahi (youth) in your care.  The survey has allowed us to learn what we are doing well and what we need to improve on. We have had a great response to the survey, so I would like to thank you for your on-going support and sharing your views.

We are still analysing the results of the survey and we will share them with you at a later date. However, some things have clearly been expressed in your comments and I would like to address one of these today.

Some of you have told us that you are feeling left behind with the use of Te Reo Māori (Māori language). We understand, so in the future, we will endeavour to use Māori with the English translation alongside. We are excited to be on this journey, learning with you, as we try to meet all of our member’s needs.

We do know that a large proportion of our children in care are of Māori descent, so we need to do the best for them. Many of you have expressed a desire to have an avenue to connect tamariki (children) and rangitahi (youth) to their hapu (clan) and iwi (tribe), so that they are able to understand their whakapapa (genealogy).

Connections with whānau (family) and communities have the potential to improve outcomes for all children, from all cultures, especially those who have lost those connections. We all need to know from where we have come, our roots, our background, our whakapapa (genealogy).

Another stand out from the survey is that some of you do not know exactly what we do here at Fostering Kids NZ. So once again, thanks for letting us know this. From this information, we will now be introducing a new segment to Snippets detailing different aspects of the work we do around the country. You will be able to read this in future additions of Snippets.

Congratulations to Tania Downes winner of the Lenovo Tab 4 10″ Wi-Fi Tablet, Berni Mullen and Barbara Small for both winning a $100 grocery voucher.

I hope you have a happy and safe Easter.

Ngā manaakitanga (With best wishes)

Linda

 

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