East Coast News – November 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I’m still buzzing from the excitement of being with caregivers and professionals listening to some of the presenters over the two days of our National Conference – Setting the PACE on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Here are just some of the gems I was fortunate enough to hear: Day One Understanding the …

East Coast News – October 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! October is finally here! I am really looking forward to meeting lots of you and sharing this amazing experience at our national conference coming up on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Did you know that as a member of Fostering Kids NZ your registration has been heavily subsidised! It would be great to …

East Coast News – September 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I see green leaves on the willows – Spring is here!   Here’s something for the Tairawhiti whanau. I look forward to seeing you there. Thanks to Rebekah Moa and her team for organizing this. Finally, September is the month we pay homage to our DADs. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. To our wonderful …

East Coast 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 …

East Coast News – July 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I trust all is going well with Matariki celebrations/remembrances in your region.  So lovely to have something to look forward to in winter. The Family Day held on 30 June in Tairawhiti/Gisborne was a fine sunny day full of games and goodies. A big shout out to the Regional Committee members (Moana and Sarndy) who put …

East Coast 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 …

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 …