Central North News – September 2019

Kia Ora Koutou/Greetings everyone! Firstly, congratulations to the organising team of the BOP Fostercare Association for the wonderful movie fundraiser night held on 15 August at Tivoli Cinema, Papamoa. It was a great night out with lovely donated prizes and food. The movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was typical Tarantino, lots of twists and turns and takes on 1969 …

Central North News – August 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! School holidays can often be challenging times for families and whanau. The change and / or absence of routine can be triggering. We are not always well prepared for what children present to us emotionally, mentally or physically. Perhaps you are feeling relieved that the school term is back into swing or maybe your child struggles …

Central North News – July 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust all is going well with Matariki celebrations/remembrances in your region. It is so lovely to have something to look forward to in these winter months. I just want to highlight that many caregivers can often feel isolated as friends, whānau and other parents don’t understand the challenges to this selfless role. This is why getting together …

Central North News – June 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and that you will be warm, dry and cosy for the next three months. Foster mothers, grandmothers – I hope you received extra cuddles, a sleep in, breakfast in bed, gifts, and felt valued and appreciated on Mother’s Day.  Hopefully this will continue for more than just …

Central North News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Here we are in Term 2! I hope the school holidays brought some relief from your busy routines and the chance to enjoy some family/whanau time. Mother’s Day is on the Sunday 12 of May – what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from …

Central North News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! As I write this the summer continues.  Hopefully we don’t get the cyclones of previous March/Aprils. Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week have come and gone with all sorts of celebrations around the country.  I was great to see and hear a number of you take part.  “The Big Splash” Rainbow Springs, Rotorua. The Bay …

Central North News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! We are now well into the school year and back to being a taxi service for our tamariki (children).  Busy, Busy!  As well as putting all their events and commitments into our diaries, remember to make time for some Self-Care for you too!  It will be as beneficial to them as it is to you. P.S  …

Central North News – February 2019

Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou Gonny is still away on leave until Monday 4 February, so I have written snippets on her behalf. 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 …

Central North News – December 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Summer is upon us with school holidays and Christmas!  Hard to believe the year has gone so fast.  There are still a lot of events and trainings coming in December – here are some of them: FASD (Fetal Alcohol) Dr Valerie McGinn Speaking in Tauranga: There has been a lot of interest in setting up a …

Central North News – November 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! It’s a beautiful spring day as I write this which gets me thinking of Christmas and the next school holidays already! There is such a lot happening in this final term.  Here are some of them: Excellence in Fostercare Awards (EFCA) Nominations for these awards close on Monday 19 November. Please go to fosteringkids.org.nz to nominate …

Central North News – October 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The year is zooming by, especially now that the weather is warmer. I wish you all a happy school holidays. I hope that you can enjoy lots of outdoor experiences in some of the wonderful nature playgrounds we are blessed with.  Nothing like a dose of nature with an abundance of sensory experiences to calm the …

Central North News – September 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! August has been a busy month with the delivery of the Foundations For Attachment Training, as part of the LIFT Programme,every Tuesday in the Arataki Centre, Mount Maunganui. 12 caregivers were funded by Oranga Tamariki, PCSS and a Fostering Kids NZ benefactor to attend these and the follow up support to be given over several months.  The …

Central North News – August 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! First up, you will have received a mailout from our National Office about the changes to Support Groups/Association, changes that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other. Please take the time to consider the invitations and the opportunities presented. Feel free to contact me or Fostering Kids NZ National Office for more …

Central North News – July 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! School holidays are just around the corner. Here’s something for the Katikati folk:   Support Groups Grands Raising Grands, Te Puke will be holding regular get togethers on the first Tuesday of each month.  Those interested please ring Win Macreadie on 028 402 1794. Win is taking over from Ruth as coordinator for a few months. …

Central North News – June 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and that you will be warm, dry and cosy for the next three months. “For the Greater Good” This was a symposium for the Social Service sector I attended and was held in Tauranga on 14 May.  Many agencies were represented including the Mayor for Western Bay …

Central North News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I had the pleasure, along with several excited teens in care from Tauranga, to attend the L’Oréal Face Your Future event on the 19 – 20 April.  You may have seen the 7 Sharp feature on TV midway in April.  At the L’Oréal Face Your Future, the teens were “made over” in readiness for meeting with various professions/industry leaders. …

Central North News – April 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week started the last month with a great focus.  I hope the events in your area went well.  “The Big Splash” at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua organised by Bay of Plenty Association was a fun filled day for all those who attended. Unlimited boat rides over and down the waterfall, …

Central North News – March 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I hope you are all safe and that the damage was minimal from the storm of Gita that hit New Zealand. This month kicks off with a really important focus… You! It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018).  Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in …

Central North News – February 2018

Hari Tau Hau ki a koutou katoa/Happy New Year everyone! What wonderful weather we had for the Christmas/New Year period! At my Whare there were children, whanau, friends, dogs, food and drink, togs, towels, sand everywhere – a typical kiwi holiday all round, I guess. Hope yours went well too.  Our whangai boy stayed with his partner and four children.  …

Central North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whanau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well, but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle. Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  …