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 …

Auckland South/Waikato News – August 2019

Kia ora everyone,   Brrrr!  I’ve certainly noticed the change in temperature over the last month. My body is climatising back to New Zealand winters. I trust you are all keeping warm over these winter months.  School holidays can often be challenging times for families and whanau. The change and / or absence of routine can be triggering. We are not always …

Auckland South/Waikato News – July 2019

Kia ora everyone,   As we creep closer to our coldest, wettest months, a friendly reminder to check smoke alarms, gutters for leaves and to clean the filters on your heat pumps for maximum efficiency. There are several spots around the region where the roads are undergoing upgrades and this may mean having to plan ahead to accommodate the slower speed …

Auckland South/Waikato News – June 2019

Kia Ora everyone Seasons are definitely changing. As we head into the middle of the year and feel the chillier months, we know that winter is nearly here. This year is going so fast and we have a lot going on.  As I have been travelling around the region connecting with caregivers, I am constantly reminded of the selfless work …

Auckland South/Waikato News – May 2019

Kia Ora everyone I have been so humbled to meet some amazing caregivers on my travels with lots of training and support.  The quality of care and support our tamariki (children) are getting is so encouraging. The children coming into care have such complex issues that relate to the trauma, abuse and neglect they have been exposed to. At Fostering …

Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2019

Kia Ora whanau. There were many opportunities around the region to join in on the Children’s Day events.  I thoroughly enjoyed my day in Thames and can’t wait to do it all again next year!  We were able to treat caregivers during Foster Care Awareness Week.  I am very grateful to Varda Academy in Hamilton for hosting and pampering some …

Auckland South/Waikato News – March 2019

Kia Ora whanau. Holey guacamole it’s March already!  If it feels like your year has only just started, it may be because, in the Roman calendar, March was originally the first month of the year and was named Martius….teeny bit of trivia to start the day. March Celebrations March is a great month, it’s also quite a busy month with …

Auckland South/Waikato News – February 2019

Kia ora everyone and welcome to 2019.  Now that Christmas is done and dusted and whanau catch-ups are but a sweet memory, it is time to look forward and focus on the year ahead.  Personally and professionally I have a very full year ahead and I know that your year as a caregiver will certainly be just as full! The …

Auckland South/Waikato News – December 2018

Tena Koutou Katoa Ko Tainui raua Ko Te Aupouri raua Ko Hauraki oku Iwi Ko Ngati Rautao toku Haapu Ko Paaku toku maunga Ko Tairua toku moana Ko Oturu toku marae Ko Nyvonne taku ingoa   Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana, Bula vinaka, Talofa ni, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni hao and Hello. Hi, I’m Nyvonne and I’m …

Auckland South/Waikato News – November 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Even though it’s still spring, we’ve enjoyed some lovely hints of the summer to come.  This term is shaping up to again be filled with lots of events, trainings and preparation for Christmas. I’m pleased to let you all know that on 12 November your new Auckland South …

Auckland South/Waikato News – October 2018

Kia ora We’re well into Spring and day light savings has started.  I love this time of year with new potential, new life and longer days to enjoy.  If I didn’t feel and appreciate what winter represents; hibernation, the opportunity to replenish our land (rain!) and definitely more time to reflect; I wouldn’t see all the possibilities Spring brings. The …

Auckland South/Waikato News – September 2018

Kia ora Recently there was a lovely evening where a lot of caregivers, past and present Fostering Kids NZ staff, family and friends of Billie Galloway came together to celebrate the 60 years of caregiving that she has given to the care sector in New Zealand. What an amazing woman. An inspiration to us all for her dedication and commitment.  …

Auckland South/Waikato News – August 2018

Kia ora and Ka Kite ano (Hello and I’ll see you again) As my last week with Fostering Kids NZ has been and gone, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been in this privileged role of supporting caregivers. I just want to say a huge thank you to Fostering Kids New Zealand for the experiences, the learning and …

Auckland South/Waikato News – June 2018

Kia Ora All.. The month of May has been extremely busy with the Z Good in the Hood promotion.  It is exciting to be working with the amazing Aiga Team.    They are wanting to continue to work with us, not only in the month of May, but contribute towards some events and projects within our region.  I will keep you …

Auckland South/Waikato News – May 2018

Kia Ora Last month was extremely busy with training and support.  I have been amazed at the wonderful caregivers we have.  The quality of support our tamariki (children) are getting is so encouraging. Children coming into care have complex issues and this relates to the trauma, abuse and neglect they have been exposed to. At Fostering Kids NZ we acknowledge …

Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2018

Kia Ora All. It has been a busy and exciting month, with lots happening with Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week. I would like to formally acknowledge John and Mary-Ann Tahitahi for receiving an Excellence in Foster Care Award this year at Parliament.  This is well deserved and I am delighted you have been able to receive this huge …

Auckland South Waikato News – March 2018

Welcome to another month, this year is off to a flying start.   We have a busy few months ahead. I am excited to be delivering a session on FASD on the 14 March at Level 1, 11 Dalgety Drive, Wiri, register through Fostering Kids NZ training website here (towards the bottom of the page)   Key Contacts update: We are still …

Auckland South Waikato News – February 2018

Happy New Year to you all….. Although I have been away for a month, I have had caregivers on my mind. I want to acknowledge you all especially over the holiday period, where routines sometimes are not priority and there are often some behaviours that escalate over this time. I am also grateful that we have amazing caregivers who can …

Auckland South Waikato News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia Ora All This month has been another great and busy month supporting caregivers, training and our Family Fun Days at the pools.  The Christmas season can be a stressful time for all, but we need also to be mindful of our children, particularly those in our care.  This may be a time, where they long to be with their …

Auckland South Waikato News – November 2017

Kia Ora All This month has been very busy with supporting caregivers, attending our National Conference and running trainings and discussion sessions. Our conference again was a huge success.  It was great to see so many people from our Auckland and Waikato region. What I really enjoyed about the conference was some of the practical tools I can use with …