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 …

East Coast News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone By now some of you may have heard that Cath Jeffares has moved on to support her husband’s new role.  I know she was sad to leave her role, but with her husband’s travel and two boys still at home, Cath felt she wanted to be there for him and her family.  We wish Cath all the …

East Coast – May 2017

Kia ora everyone I sincerely hope you and yours all made it safely through the recent cyclones. It is a reminder that we need to have our emergency kits updated and in order. If you had to evacuate in a hurry what would that look like and what would you take? The recent cyclones that have blasted various parts of …

East Coast – April 2017

Tēnā koutou It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Tip and Bill Houia who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award.  This couple used to run a Family Home in the Hawkes Bay and are now running the Palmerston North one.  Thank you both for your many years of service to the many …

East Coast – March 2017

Message from Cath Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Foster Care Excellence Awards in Wellington on the 10th March.  Many events around the country will be held during this week 5h – 11th March to help raise awareness of the great and important role …