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.  …

Central North News – November 2017

Wow, its November already, the year has flown by very fast.  It is great to have longer days and slightly warmer weather. The feedback we had about our recent national conference at the end of September in Christchurch was very positive.  One of the learning goals was about building an understanding of seeing the child in our care beyond what …

East Coast News – October 2017

Apprenticeships for the Care-Experienced L’Oréal New Zealand and the New Zealand Hair & Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO) are offering ten scholarships for care experienced people within the beauty industry. Each scholarship recipient will complete a Level 4 national qualification in barbering, beauty therapy, or hairdressing through a HITO apprenticeship.  The HITO Sales Training Advisors will support the scholarship recipients …

Central North News – October 2017

Apprenticeships for the Care-Experienced L’Oréal New Zealand and the New Zealand Hair & Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO) are offering ten scholarships for care experienced people within the beauty industry. Each scholarship recipient will complete a Level 4 national qualification in barbering, beauty therapy, or hairdressing through a HITO apprenticeship.  The HITO Sales Training Advisors will support the scholarship recipients …

Central North News – September 2017

Kia ora koutou Trust you are all well, although I know there’s been lots of winter sicknesses that have affected many of your families. There have been turbulent and exciting political times lately with lots of topical meetings being held such as: “Closing the Gap” held a few weeks ago at The Mount which raised, once again, the housing crisis …

Central North News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou Back to school!  I trust the holidays went well for you all. Are you a member of our Central North Facebook closed page for caregiver members?  Here is the link.  You will find interesting articles and it is a place to connect for specific support. The posts are about notices of meetings, events relevant to caregivers, articles …

Central North News – July 2017

Kia ora koutou Kia kaha to the grandparents who met with Scott Simpson recently.  I look forward to hearing how it went.  I enjoyed meeting up with fellow grandmothers at the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, (GRG) meeting on 9 June and hearing your stories – the challenges and the triumphs. GRG Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month 10 …

Central North News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou Seasons are definitely changing as winter is well on its way and as we head to the middle of the year and feel the chillier months.  Things are changing for me too.  I’m going to have the privilege of working full time for Fostering Kids New Zealand very soon as I will be extending the regional areas …

Central North News – May 2017

Kia ora koutou Greetings seem to begin with the weather lately!  I hope the cyclone didn’t affect anyone too badly – only one tree down at my place.  However, on the bright side, The Central North is looking very lush and green. Nga Mihi Gonny Ormsby Central North Regional Coordinator Cell: 027 501 0393 Email: centralnorth@nullfosteringkids.org.nz Association News Bay of Plenty …

Central North News – April 2017

Kia ora koutou What a weather bomb we were hit with early in March!  However, while it was causing havoc up here, Wellington turned on a perfect day to end the Foster Care Awareness Week with the Excellence in Foster Care Awards on Friday 10th.  It was a privilege and an honour to be present at Government House to proudly …

Central North News – March 2017

Message from Gonny Kia ora koutou It’s a busy month ahead with Foster Care Awareness Week starting from Sunday 5 March on Children’s’ Day.  No doubt there will be lots of local events planned for your family to attend on Children’s’ Day.  The role you do as a Foster/Whanau/Kin carer is so important. We appreciate you. There is “The Big Splash” …

Central North News – Feb 2017

Message from Gonny Kia ora, I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year break and are looking forward to the year to come. The end of year events were lovely and lively occasions to attend.  I managed to be at the Tauranga Association Christmas Party, AGM, Ten Pin Bowling and Pool Parties in Rotorua and Whakatane.  Congratulations …