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 …

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 …