We Set The PACE

We really set the PACE at this year’s Fostering Kids NZ National Conference. We had international and local speakers address the 330 delegates about how we can empower our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) in care so they can thrive, not merely survive. Over the two days, our keynote and workshop speakers presented on a wide range to topics …

Thank You Z

During September GOOD IN THE HOOD was held at Z Stations across the country to help raise funds for local community groups. We are very grateful to have been chosen by six Z Stations for Good in the Hood 2019. Thank you Z Energy for this fantastic initiative that supports so many wonderful local organisations and thank you to all …

National Care Standards

At our National Conference – Setting the PACE, Rachel Hohaia from Oranga Tamariki’s Care Team talk about the National Care Standards that came into effect 1 July 2019. These set out the standard of care all tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) should be receiving to do well and be well. The standards also define the support caregivers can expect …

A Night to Remember – Excellence in Foster Care Awards 2019

The 2019 Excellence in Foster Care Awards were held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland on the 16 October, where twelve extraordinary caregivers were recipients of this years’ awards. This years’ award recipients are: Robin and Kahu Grace from Tauranga – click here Gayle Meijer from Invercargill – click here Lynne Kenny from Hamilton – click here …

Deb and Greg Curtis

Deb and Greg from Waipara are caregivers for Oranga Tamariki. They are deeply dedicated to the needs of the children in their care and are dedicated to creating the best environment and positive outcomes. They work hard to create meaningful bonds with the biological families of their girls as they know that positive relationships with their families will help the …

Constance (Connie) Mason

After offering respite care for a number of years Connie, from Blenheim, applied for parenting orders in 2014. She is now the proud “mama” of 4 young siblings. Connie understands the importance of whanau and works hard to nurture the relationship between her children and their families, often going above and beyond to ensure they can maintain their connection to …

Mark and Maralyn Wallace

Mark and Maralyn have been caregivers for 16 year. They are now caregivers at the Martindale Family Home in Christchurch and care for up to 7 boys. They have shaped an environment of nurture and care in the Martindale Family home. With clear boundaries and guidelines set, the boys are shown that they are cared for and protected. Mark and …

Amy and Terence Brinkman

Nelson Caregivers, Amy and Terence are currently Home for Life parents to a toddler of a child they had previously fostered. They also provide emergency care through Oranga Tamariki. Amy and Terrance are known to advocate strongly for fair outcomes for young people in care, particularly in the areas of education and mental health. Their ongoing support continues even after …

Margaret Chung

Margaret, of Auckland, began her caregiving journey in 2012 after her daughter was sent home from school with a flyer for Lifewise. With her non-judgemental, compassionate attitude and her eagerness to learn more about best care, Margaret provides safe and nurturing placements with a complete child focus. Not only does Margaret strive to do the best for the children in …

Lynne Kenny

From a young age Lynne of Hamilton, has always had a love for children and chose to focus her studies in this area. From her depth of knowledge around child development combined with her own experiences, Lynne grew a desire to become a foster parent. Between managing and owning Early Childhood Centre’s and fostering for Barnardos, Lynne has now worked …

Gayle Meijer

Dipton caregiver, Gayle first trained as a caregiver in 2014 through Family Works, focusing on respite care. In 2016, Gayle resigned from respite caregiving as she became a whanau caregiver – to provide her granddaughter with the care and protection she needed. Gayle works hard to provide a safe, structured and healing home for her granddaughter as she is determined …

Robin and Kahu Grace

Robin and Kahu of Tauranga have been Family Home caregivers for Oranga Tamariki since 2013 and have cared for numerous children during this time. Their caregiving journey began because they wanted to change children’s lives for the better. With a focus on love, care, trust and respect Robin and Kahu built a nurturing environment where they could break the cycle. …

Auckland News – November 2019

Kia ora koutou katoa/ Greetings to you all, Wow, I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the Fostering Kids NZ National Conference on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. It was a fabulous time for many reasons. This year’s theme was Setting the PACE. Some of the highlights for me: I attended Lisa Dion’s Play Therapy workshop.  She referred …

Upper North News – November 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all, Wow..Mīharo/Amazing!! I had a great time at “Setting the PACE” the Fostering Kids NZ National Conference held on the 16th and 17th of October. Here are some of the highlights for me: The venue and location (see pics below of the view from my room) and the kai!!! OMGoodness …

East Coast News – November 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I’m still buzzing from the excitement of being with caregivers and professionals listening to some of the presenters over the two days of our National Conference – Setting the PACE on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Here are just some of the gems I was fortunate enough to hear: Day One Understanding the …

Auckland South/Waikato News – November 2019

Kia ora Koutou, Well November is here, and outside parks and gardens are looking amazing. The flower for the month of November is the chrysanthemum, and in the language of flowers, chrysanthemum is considered to symbolise honesty, joy, and optimism. Isn’t that fitting just before Christmas! Our National Conference “Setting the PACE” was held in Auckland on the 16th and 17th of October. …

North West News – November 2019

Kia ora Koutou, It is Stephanie here, I have the pleasure of writing these Snippets while Teena is overseas. Welcome back to Teena who arrived back late October! Our National Conference “Setting the PACE” was held in Auckland on the 16th and 17th of October. It was such a great time of connection and learning.  It was also good to …

Lower North News – November 2019

Kia ora, What an amazing few days I had at our National Conference – Setting the PACE held on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. It was great to see so many of our members from our region there! I was able to catch up with some familiar faces and I even got to meet some new ones …

Upper South News – November 2019

Kia ora te Whānau , As we head into the very busy end of year activities I would like to share with you my reflections from our National Conference which was held on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. The theme was “Setting the PACE”. This was very apt given that the landscape of the care sector has …

Central North News – November 2019

Kia Ora Koutou/Greetings everyone! I’m still buzzing from the excitement of being with caregivers and professionals listening to some of the presenters over the two days of our National Conference – Setting the PACE on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Here are just some of the gems I was fortunate enough to hear: Day One Understanding the …