Canterbury News – November 2019

Kia ora koutou/greetings to all!  It was a great privilege to be a part of our National Conference on the 16th and 17th of October. However, I couldn’t help but think of all the caregivers in our region starting Term 4, doing the daily routine, loving our tamariki, and making me proud to be a fellow caregiver! The theme of our …

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 …

Canterbury News – August 2019

Kia ora everyone, NEWS: Regional Coordinator and Office Move I am excited to let you know that we have appointed Nicole McLean as your new Regional Coordinator for the Canterbury Region! Nicole will be starting mid-August and will send an email out to you to introduce herself.  We have moved our Christchurch Fostering Kids NZ office. Our new office will …

Canterbury News – July 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa te Matariki nei-Te Tau Hou Māori/ Warm Greetings to You All this Matariki-The Māori New Year, I was lucky enough to attend the Otautahi and Christchurch wide caregiver event recently. Great to hear Rachael Hohaia, Oranga Tamariki South Operations Manager for the new Care Teams, speak about the New National Care Standards and the …

Canterbury News – June 2019

Kia ora everyone Well the mornings and nights are definitely cooler now as we head into the winter months.  Recently my husband and I went to a ‘Netsafe’ evening at our local Intermediate School. We feel vulnerable with regards to our knowledge on all things INTERNET, especially for the tamariki placed in our care. It was a great informative evening. …

Canterbury News – May 2019

Kia ora everyone I have been extremely encouraged by the resilience I have seen of the people of Christchurch over this last month or so. I have also been so humbled to meet some amazing caregivers on my travels down to Canterbury recently with lots of training and support.  The quality of care and support you are wanting to provide …

Canterbury News – April 2019

The shocking event that occurred a couple of weeks ago has certainly seen a variety of emotions and responses from young and old alike.  Be reassured that the rest of Aotearoa is standing with you and although we’re not physically there, we want to support you.  Please get in touch with us or a trusted peer if you need an …

Canterbury News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Foster Care Awareness Week this year is 03 – 09 March.  This gives us an opportunity to give thanks to you, the amazing, selfless caregivers who have such huge hearts for what you do.  After such success at last year’s event, its been arranged for you again to have the opportunity to make hanging baskets, on …

Canterbury News – February 2019

Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou It’s February already! I hope you all managed to get some sort of a break over the Christmas period. I know it can be a bag of mixed blessings, lovely to spend time with our whanau/families, pace of life is slower but filling school holiday days can be rather challenging! These next couple …

Canterbury News – December 2018

Kia ora everyone Mere Kirihimete (Merry Christmas) As the year comes to a close over this next month, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to you, the amazing, selfless caregivers out there who have such huge hearts for what you do. Christmas time is of course a joyous, precious time for families but for those that …

Canterbury News – November 2018

Kia ora, It was a privilege to be asked to write this month’s snippets for you all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine at this hard time.  For those that haven’t heard of me, I’m Iona, the Lower North Regional Coordinator and the Team Leader for our Regional Coordinator team.  I’m excited to be coming to Christchurch later this …

Canterbury News – October 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner.  Harper Ave is looking stunning with the cherry blossom trees in full bloom.  I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and all that spring brings! One of my favourite quotations is:  When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job …

Canterbury News – September 2018

Kia ora All Spring is in the air. One of the focuses of the last couple of months has been the new, trauma informed, National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) workshops.  These were developed in partnership with Oranga Tamariki and we’re glad to see the latest science around trauma and approaches to caring for children who have experienced this.  In particular; …

Canterbury News – August 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all I hope you all enjoyed the school holiday and had lots of adventures.   We certainly had the weather for it, most days were wonderful and sunny! I really have enjoyed facilitating the new updated workshops; Building Secure Attachments, Child Development and Understanding and Supporting Behaviour.  Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their …

Canterbury News – July 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all I hope you and your wonderful families are managing to stay nice and warm and avoiding all of those nasty winter bugs.  The end of term two is almost upon us and I hope the weather will be good enough for you to get out and about and enjoy your area over the holidays. …

Canterbury News – June 2018

Canterbury Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all Wow that was a quick change from summer to autumn/winter, I hope you all survived the snap of bad weather, especially those winds!  As the season has changed it is a timely reminder to check our smoke alarms and our heat pumps and fire maintenance for the coming colder months. The first new …

Canterbury News – May 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all I have just spent a wonderful three days in Wellington with my fellow Regional Coordinators.  We were training for the new “Importance of Play” workshop, with the first one being run in Christchurch on Tuesday 15 May. Also, rewritten and updated with a Therapeutic Parenting Lens are Child Development, Understanding & Supporting Behaviour (the …

Canterbury News – April 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/ Hello everyone Wow, I can’t believe we are a quarter of the way through the year already!   I had a wonderful time at my first Excellence in Foster Care awards on Friday 9 March at Parliament.  May I just add my congratulations to all ten amazing recipients of this year’s awards, it was wonderful to hear all …

Canterbury News – March 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa What a wonderful summer we are having, I hope you have all managed to get out and about to enjoy it.  I am really looking forward to attending my first Excellence in Foster Care Awards on 9 March 2018 in Wellington.  To be there to see some amazing caregivers being recognised for the vital role they play …

Canterbury News – February 2018

Tau Hou Hari ki a koutou katoa! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with an excess of whanau and friends.  What a wonderful summer we have had so far.  I hope you have all managed to get out and about and enjoy the end of 2017 and are looking forward to what 2018 will bring. I am looking …