Auckland News – September 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Well I am now into my second month in this role and it all still feels so new and fresh. I have loved meeting some of you through various connections and trainings. Please feel free to contact me on Facebook, email, text or ring our 0800 number, what …

Auckland News – August 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I have had a whirlwind first month in this new role of Regional Coordinator for the Auckland area. I want to connect with you, your communities / neighbourhoods over time and ask that you feel free to get in touch with me. Fortunately the other Regional Coordinators around Aotearoa …

Auckland News – July 2018

Kia ora everyone I’m reminded of the old chant…”rain, rain, go away, come again another day”.  Boy, we’ve had our winter share of liquid falling from the sky already and we’ve got another couple of months to go! New beginnings: I’d like to welcome Anna Gundesen.  Anna is our new Regional Coordinator for Auckland.   Welcome Anna – here’s message about …

Auckland News – June 2018

Kia ora all Just to keep you in the loop, we are in the process of recruiting for the Auckland Regional Coordinator position for the region.  We are aiming for a mid June start date.  I’ll update you more next month.  Many, many thanks to the wonderful key contacts who have stepped up and been supporting caregivers while we have …

Auckland North News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou While we are finding a replacement for the Auckland North Regional Coordinator position, I’m (Stephanie) writing the Snippets. If there’s anything I’ve missed about what’s happening in the area, let me know via email (support@nullfosteringkids.org.nz). By now the holidays are over,  well done you if you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our …

Auckland North News – April 2018

Tena koe to all. Firstly, I want to thank all the caregivers that made it to our Celebration Dinner during Foster Care Awareness week. I have included some photos of the night, where everyone’s feedback showed that they had lots of fun and really enjoyed themselves.  Huge thanks to all that donated prizes on the night….Z Energy, Snow Planet, Bunnings, …

Auckland North News – March 2018

Tena koe, February was a crazy weather month from beautiful sunny hot days to torrential rain, storms and flooding, hopefully March has a better outlook for us all. I am really looking forward to seeing many of you at our Caregiver Celebration Dinner on Saturday 3 March 2018. It will be an amazing event to honour you all.  We have great …

Auckland North News – February 2018

Tena koe and Happy New Year I hope your holiday season was filled with love, laughter and whanau.  I had a lovely break with my kids and I also managed a road trip. It was great to see such a big turnout at the Kiwi Valley event hosted by Foster Hope Auckland for children in care.  Their support for carers …

Auckland North News – December 2017/January 2018

Wishing you all a very Festive Season and I hope the school holidays are filled with fun, laughter and love.  This is our last “Snippets” for the year and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of you at trainings, support groups and events throughout the year. Thank you to YMCA for the opportunity for three of our carer families to …

Auckland North News – November 2017

Tēnā koutou Our recent National Conference was amazing. I have had great feedback from those that attended about feeling so empowered by the knowledge shared. Highlight for me was definitely the speakers from the USA. Here are some photos from the Conference Masquerade Dinner.        Also our wonderful Pamper Day run by Feeling Fab was a blast.  The …

Auckland North News – October 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Workshop Jeff Nobel, Founder and CEO of Noble Initiatives, is presenting a full day FASD workshops in Auckland on 25 November at Jet Park, 63 Westney Rd, Mangere.  Jeff uses an interactive and personal approach and delivers relevant, useful and need-to-know information to help and support caregivers, front line workers and educators of those working with …

Auckland North News – September 2017

Tēnā koutou Well it is slowly starting to warm up and it is officially SPRING.  Only 17 weeks till Christmas, wow! Our Regional Hui was a huge success with great numbers and fabulous speakers.  We have had great feedback on the event and I hope all that attended got something out of it and also enjoyed all the donated goodies …

Auckland North News – August 2017

Kia ora By now the children and young people will back at school and term three will be under way.  I hope that you all managed to have some lovely ‘together’ time over the holidays.  I have just arrived back from a refreshing and fun holiday.  Sometimes as caregivers we just have to treat ourselves. I am organising an Auckland …

Auckland North News – July 2017

Tēnā koutou I hope everyone is keeping warm and finding fun things to do in this cold and wet season. I love winter for its fireplaces, heaters, soups and fleecy pyjamas.  Foster Hope has again been running amazing pyjama drives, so get in touch with myself if you require some for the children in your care, as I will be …

Auckland North News – June 2017

Tēnā koutou I hope for all those mothers out there that you had a lovely Mother’s Day last month and enjoyed celebrating being a foster mum and all the amazing work you do.  Remember if you need support of any kind please contact me. It is definitely sneaking into the colder months now and a real chill is here, so …

Auckland North News – May 2017

Tēnā koutou Hope you all had a lovely Easter and didn’t consume too much chocolate (but if you did, good on you, you deserve it). In April we started our new North Shore support groups and we hope these will take off over the coming months. We are celebrating Mother’s Day (14th May) and this especially includes you as a …

Auckland North News – April 2017

Tēnā koutou We had an amazing Foster Care Awareness Week last month with our big Children’s Day event held at the HBC Youth Centre.  We had fabulous feedback that everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves especially those that had a chance in the photo booth.  I am so happy how it ran and again a huge thank you …

Congratulations to Sally Mowbray-Lee and Brian Lee

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Sally Mowbray-Lee says after 26 years of fostering her and Brian were really ‘chuffed’ to be acknowledged. Strong advocates for children in their care, Sally and Brian devote time to each child’s educational, sporting and other interests, as well as helping them stay in touch with those who support and mentor them. Sally …

Congratulations to Sharon and Gary Richardson

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. There was no shortage of people ready to come forward and say why Sharon and Gary deserve an award. They’ve been described as “simply phenomenal in every way,” for their outstanding foster care, and all they do to mentor and support foster carers needing respite, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and as ambassadors for Barnardos. …

Congratulations to Yasser El Shall

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipient. Yasser El Shall, his wife and their children made the decision to start fostering five years ago. “First and foremost, you have to have the support of your family,” he says. Yasser says he got into fostering almost by chance, when a neighbour asked him if he’d be interested. But soon it became …