Te Kete Ararau

Have you heard of Te Kete Ararau? Te Kete Ararau App has been designed to help caregivers develop a more meaningful understanding of the Oranga Tamariki cultural Framework of tamariki Māori and the importance of whakapapa (geneology) and whanaungatanga (relationships). The App provides valuable information and learning tools on key Māori concepts and values, key events and effects on Māori, …

Board Nominations 2019

Anona Tompkins – South Auckland I live on a lifestyle block on the border of South Auckland and Franklin. I am an experienced Nurse as well as a Foster Carer with an NGO contracted to Oranga Tamariki. Our journey in Foster Care begun almost 9 years ago, offering a nurturing environment for children aged 5+ including preteens and teenagers.  My husband Graham and …

Upper South News – October 2019

Kia ora Koutou, Spring is now upon us so I am starting to enjoy the longer days, although the extra rain has been something else! I have covered our beautiful region in the last couple of weeks and it is always clear to me that the level of commitment of caregivers towards children in care is amazing. I would like …

North West News – October 2019

Kia ora Koutou, It is Stephanie here, I have the pleasure of writing these Snippets while Teena is overseas, until the end of October. It has been great connecting and supporting some of you in the North West region so far, I look forward to meeting some more of you at conference later this month.  Recently I went to a …

Canterbury News – October 2019

Kia ora koutou!  Spring has sprung in Canterbury and school holidays are here.  It’s a great time to connect with our tamariki – children learn so much through play! There are always lots of events happening during the holidays.  Here are some ideas that don’t cost a thing: Head outside and explore your back yard or a local park – children …

East Coast News – October 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! October is finally here! I am really looking forward to meeting lots of you and sharing this amazing experience at our national conference coming up on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Did you know that as a member of Fostering Kids NZ your registration has been heavily subsidised! It would be great to …

Lower North News – October 2019

Kia ora, October is finally here! I am really looking forward to meeting lots of you and sharing this amazing experience at our national conference coming up on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Did you know that as a member of Fostering Kids NZ your registration has been heavily subsidised! It would be great to see as …

Auckland South/Waikato News – October 2019

Kia ora Koutou, I hope you are all enjoying your school holidays! Now that the weather is warming up we can enjoy the outdoors more often. We’ve been visiting new playgrounds and parks every Saturday and there are some real gems out there. I have learned very quickly the need to pack a change of clothes for Master Two, as …

Otago News – October 2019

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone. I cannot believe it is October already! After such a mild start to Spring I hope we will have nice weather for school holidays. Thank you for your patience with regards to the training calendar this term. Oranga Tamariki are doing lots of work updating the workshops with all the new legislative changes that happened on 1 July …

Lower South News – October 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, It’s been another busy month for everyone with lots going on. It was Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) day on the 9th September.It’s so very important that we fully understand that alcohol has impacted a large percentage of the tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) who come into our homes. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum …

Auckland News – October 2019

Kia ora koutou katoa/ Greetings to you all, I hope you all enjoyed Te Wiki O te Māori in September (Maori Language Week.) I really enjoyed hearing te reo more frequently on our airwaves and in meetings. I am enthusiastic about extending my knowledge of tikanga and te reo, so I embrace any opportunity that presents itself. Māori tamariki make …

Central North News – October 2019

Kia Ora Koutou/Greetings everyone! October is finally here! I am really looking forward to meeting lots of you and sharing this amazing experience at our national conference coming up on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Did you know that as a member of Fostering Kids NZ your registration has been heavily subsidised! It would be great to …

Upper North News – October 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all I’m finally in the new Fostering Kids NZ Regional Office which is 16A Finlayson Street, Whangarei. Please drop in some time on a Monday – Wednesday for a cuppa! I have chairs for up to eight people. If you could please text first as I may be training …

Upper North News – September 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all Isn’t it great to feel the days lengthening out and get warmer as we approach Spring?  Over the next couple of terms I will be delivering the new Legal Information for Caregivers Training module.  We know that Caregiving can be a complex journey filled with legal jargon, processes …

Auckland South/Waikato News – September 2019

Tena Koutou Katoa, September already? September marks the transition between seasons. We leave winter behind as we enter spring, with summer just around the corner. Did you know September 19 is international “Talk Like a Pirate Day”? How much fun could you and your kids have with that!?  September’s warmer weather gives us the opportunity to go outside with the kids, explore nature …

2020 Excellence in Foster Care Awards – Nominations are Now Open

Do you know an extraordinary caregiver or caregiver couple that takes that extra step to provide the children in their care with encouragement and incredible support? Do you think they deserve to be celebrated and acknowledged for the difference they make to the lives of the children in their care. Each year 10 amazing caregivers or caregiver couples are celebrated …

Auckland News – September 2019

Kia ora koutou katoa/ Greetings to you all, I cannot believe it is September already! The year has flown by. Take a moment to check out this image from Beacon House, “What If…” Raising Tamariki and Mokopuna (children and grandchildren) not born to us can certainly bring up some behavioural issues both in us and the children. I think the image …

Upper South News – September 2019

Kia ora Koutou, I want to start by acknowledging your patience with regards to the training calendar this term. Oranga Tamariki are doing lots of work updating the workshops with all the new legislative changes that happened on 1 July 2019. It’s great that the new material will be current information to carry out our roles as caregivers going forward! …

Canterbury News – September 2019

Tēnā koutou, Nō Ōtautahi ahau, Ko Nicole McLean taku ingoa, Tēnā koutou katoa. Kia ora everyone, here’s a little bit about me. You’ll hear more over the coming months I’m sure. I’ve been living in New Zealand since immigrating from Zimbabwe when I was a teenager. I’m married to Anton and as well as our biological children, I am a …

Lower North News – September 2019

Kia ora, It’s spring!!! I love all the signs of spring, don’t you? The yellow daffodils, the specs of green appearing on the trees that have been sleeping, and best of all seeing those cute lambs bouncing around wagging their little tails. I have been lucky to have experienced these delights first hand. Three of our ewes have given us …