Canterbury News – June 2017

Kia ora For those of you who have not already heard, I am the new Regional Coordinator for the Canterbury region.  Ko wai to ingoa (my name is) Lorraine Murray.  I have a background working in mental health, addictions, criminal justice and with vulnerable women. My husband and I have been respite/relief caregivers for the last three years. Ngā  mihi …

Canterbury News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone This month we’re very pleased to introduce our new Regional Coordinator for Canterbury Lorraine Murray. Lorraine has a background working in mental health, addictions, criminal justice and with vulnerable women. Lorraine and her husband have been respite caregivers for the last three years. Lorraine is learning Te reo Māori to help connect with the children she provides respite …

Canterbury News – April 2017

It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Pauline and Bob Cox of Canterbury who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  Unfortunately, Bob was not able to come to Wellington and receive his award.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. A …

Remembering Mary Pullen

This month, we remember the contribution of Mary Pullen to Canterbury’s fostering community. Mary passed away on March 22 and was farewelled at a service on Monday March 27. Mary was an outstanding and inspiring person. Small in stature, large in life and a larger heart – Mary always had time for everyone. Over the years she gave unconditional commitment …

Congratulations to Pauline and Bob Cox

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Awards recipients. Pauline made the trip to Government House to collect the award on behalf of husband Bob, who couldn’t travel because of ill-health. Pauline and Bob have been providing foster care in Canterbury for 18 years. In that time they’ve cared for more than 80 children. Social workers say Pauline and Bob are both …

Canterbury News – March 2017

Message from Stephanie Kia ora everyone This is a very important month for the Foster/Whanau/Kin care sector in New Zealand and I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the importance of humanity than by looking after our children. This month at Fostering Kids New Zealand we are celebrating the awesome work you all do by looking after the …

Canterbury News – Feb 2017

Message from Stephanie Happy New Year everyone. We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Facebook about the School and …