East Coast 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 Sunday 12 of May and what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from those …

East Coast News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! As I write this, summer is still with us believe it or not!  Here’s hoping we don’t get the cyclones of previous years in April. Acknowledgement must be paid to those families who suffered great loss on Friday 15 March.  Such ugliness on our beloved shores is very hard to comprehend.  My heart and prayers go …

East Coast 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  …

East Coast 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 …

East Coast News – December 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Thanks to everyone who helped make the Tairawhiti and the Hawkes Bay Regional Hui a success and accessible to your part of the country.  It was great to hear what services are available locally.  Thank you to those speakers who took the time to inform us of their particular service/agency. Also to the keynote speakers Dr …

East Coast News – November 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! By the time this reaches you the Gisborne and Hastings Regional Hui will have been and gone.  I will be able to give you a summary of how they went in the December Snippets and to thank those who put in so many hours of help to get them happening. Spring is truly here, the weather …

East Coast 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 …

East Coast News – Septmeber 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I hope you have all been able to make the most of the few fine days we’ve had to top up on vitamin D.  I am seeing the colourful flowers begin to appear in gardens and on the trees and shrubs. Don’t you just love to see colour popping up to push away the dark winter …

East Coast 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 …

East Coast News – July 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! First up congratulations are due for the number of people in the Gisborne and Hastings regions who voted for Fostering Kids NZ in the annual Z Petrol Station promotion “Good In The Hood”. As you can see the two lovely ladies on the right, Wendy and Hannah Pluijmers from the Hastings region, accepted the three cheques …

East Coast News – June 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust you are all geared up for winter and will be cosy, warm and dry for the next three months. “Good in the Hood” Thanks for filling up during May at Z Gisborne, Z Windsor & Z Karamu Rd and voting to fundraise for Fostering Kids NZ by putting your orange token in the Fostering …

East Coast 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 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. The …

East Coast 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. Hopefully we have seen the last of the cyclones.  The last two were thankfully not too severe, although I did see some damage on my way into Napier on the Taupo/Napier highway. …

East Coast News – March 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I hope you are all safe and that the damage was minimal from the recent Gita storm. 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 your area. Fostercare …

East Coast News – February 2018

Hari Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa/Happy New Year everyone! Trust you all enjoyed the typical Kiwi Christmas – whanau, friends, lots of children running around, noise, heaps of kai, sand, towels – exhausting but good fun all round.  I sure did have fun with all the mokopuna.  Our whangai son came with his partner and four children as well. …

East Coast 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 whānau.  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.  I …

East Coast 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 – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou Trust you are well in these turbulent and exciting political times! No doubt there are lots of events and news in your local areas trying to influence your vote. Association Information Tairawhiti (Gisborne) Association A Morning Tea was held on 16 August.  We all enjoyed the thought provoking video of The Healing Brain.  It helped us understand …

East Coast News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou I trust the school holidays were enjoyed by all and that by now you are all back into usual routines. There was quite a cold snap in the area with snow on the Napier/Taupo Road.  Hoping its all clear and open when I come through in early September! Luckily the Waioeka Gorge doesn’t close that often.  Touch …

East Coast News – July 2017

Kia ora koutou Ko Mauao taku maunga, ko Tuapiro te awa, ko Tauranga Moana taku moana. He Tauiwi ahau, no The Netherlands ahau engari ko Ngaiterangi me Ngati Maniapoto nga iwi o taku tane me tamariki. Ko Gonny Ormsby taku ingoa, he kaiako/kaiawhina ahau. He kaimahi ahau no Fostering Kids New Zealand   Greetings members My name is Gonny Ormsby …