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 …

Canterbury News – December 2017/January 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa I would like to send a very heartfelt appreciation to all of our region’s associations, network & support groups and members for their support over the past six months. I have felt very welcome and extremely valued.  I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year. I hope everyone enjoyed …

Canterbury News – November 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa As I write this, I’m looking outside my office window at the sunny weather that is starting to descend upon us more and more as we head into summer.  I hope you are all well and the last of the winter bugs are nearly over. Wow, my first conference was wonderful and it was lovely to see …

Canterbury News – October 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Workshop Jeff Nobel, Founder and CEO of Noble Initiatives, is presenting a full day FASD workshops in Christchurch on Monday 27 November  at the Commodore Hotel, 449 Memorial Ave, Christchurch.  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 …

Canterbury News – September 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa I hope you are all enjoying the change in the weather and managing to get some sunshine! I have just got back from the Understanding and Managing Behaviour workshop in Timaru, which was well attended.  I hope everyone got something from the workshop, I know I did and I thank you all for your contributions to the …

Canterbury News – August 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa I hope everyone is managing to stay warm and the younger ones enjoyed any snow that fell in your area.…  Kia kaha Aotearoa it will soon be spring! Foster Hope inform me that they have again been running a very successful pyjama drive.  If you require pyjamas for the children in your care, please contact Ngarie Worsley …

Canterbury News – July 2017

Tēnā koutou Wow, I have had a busy seven weeks!  I have managed to meet quite a few of our members on my travels in Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Waimate.  It’s been great meeting you, hearing your stories, supporting and encouraging you in my role.  It’s been great seeing how you are encouraging each other on this care journey. I …

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 …