Lower North News – September 2018

Kia ora everyone, I was really hoping that this month I would be able to leave the “rain” speak behind! But with the wet and rainy spring weather comes the birth of new life,  new beginnings, new possibilities, fresh starts and hope. As I drive around the Lower North area, meeting so many of you, I am watching the lambs …

Lower North News – August 2018

Kia ora everyone, I do hope everyone had a good school break, and that you managed to make the most of some of the winter sunshine we have had between the rainfall and showers this past month.  I know I keep finding myself singing all the raindrop songs I learnt as a little girl, but then recently there have been …

Lower North News – July 2018

Kia ora everyone I’m reminded of the old chant…”rain, rain, go away, come again another day”.  Boy, we’ve had our winter share of liquid falling from the sky already and we’ve got another couple of months to go! Onto something more positive, 12 lucky caregivers from the wider Wellington region, including myself,  have just finished the ‘Foundations for Attachment’ course, …

Lower North News – June 2018

Kia ora all Some good news to share from us.  We are in the final stages of appointing a Regional Coordinator for our region.  We are aiming for a July start date.  I’ll update you more next month.  It was such a loss to our organisation and his family when we lost John last year.  We miss him and have …

Lower North News – May 2018

Kia ora everyone By now the school holidays are over.  Well done you if you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our lovely ones are at home is a balancing act. Take a moment for yourself over these first days of settling back into school term routines. There is a great book I’m reading at the …

Lower North News – April 2018

Kia ora everyone Wow, what a whirlwind of a month March was.  There were many opportunities around the region to join in on the ‘Children’s Day’ events and then celebrating during Foster Awareness Week.  The busy and fun week culminated with the national Excellence In Foster Care awards on 9 March at Parliament, Wellington.  Ten great caregivers across New Zealand …

Lower North News – March 2018

  Kia ora all 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 Awareness week then follows.  This is a week to highlight and appreciate all of you; the wonderful …

Lower North News – February 2018

  This is a great image to remember. Why? Because rupture and repair are at the heart of healthy relationships. Mistakes happen. Struggles happen. The key is our capacity is to recognize our rupture, acknowledge it, share our concern about how this feels to those we love, and find a way to return to caring connection. What’s so surprising for …

Lower North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou Merry Christmas everyone As the year begins to wrap up we’ve been blessed with such wonderful weather – good to see Summer is here and it seems like its early this year with temperatures well above normal.  Its been a huge year on many fronts.  Child, Youth and Family have begun their programme of change with the …

Lower North News – November 2017

Kia ora koutou 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 …

Lower 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 …

Lower North News – September 2017

Kia ora koutou Is it me or is it getting warmer? Nope, it’s just me. However, there seems to be more sunlight so things must be heading in the right direction. I hope all of you are well and looking forward to the coming month when we have our conference!! I’m looking forward to meeting more of you and to …

Lower North News – August 2017

Kia ora koutou Time to fight the winter blues by thinking ahead to the new term. I’m hoping to get to see people when I’m out and about delivering training. We’re running evening sessions in Lower Hutt to encourage those who can’t make it during the day or who work to attend. There are also day workshops in Palmerston, Porirua …

Lower North News – July 2017

Kia ora I’d like to encourage you to connect with your local Associations, to meet up and support each other over this winter period. I know that groups around this region will be planning events and meetings and hope you will get in touch! Fostering Kids NZ Conference will be upon us before we know it. It’s my first, so …

Lower North News – June 2017

Kia ora everyone It has been a great few weeks so far, travelling around and getting to meet people in different corners of the Lower North region (and beyond!).  I am hoping to get to meet all of the regions associations sooner rather than later, provide support where I can and see where the rest of 2017 takes us all. …

Lower North News – May 2017

Kia ora everyone This month, we’re pleased to introduce our new Lower North Regional Co-ordinator/Team Leader John Collett. A recent arrival from the UK, John has spent his career in social services helping vulnerable people. A qualified social worker and an experienced trainer – John has worked with young people moving out of the care system for much of the …

Lower North News – April 2017

Kia ora everyone It was great to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week last month.  Congratulations to Tip and Bill Houia of Palmerston North who were awarded an Excellence in Foster Care Award. Thank you both for your many years of service to the many children you have both cared for. Many thanks to Allen & Liz Birch and David and …

Congratulations to Tapaeru and William Houia

2017 Excellence in Foster Care Award recipients. Children who arrive at the Family Home Tip and Bill run are soon made to feel comfortable by their friendly and happy manner. They learn that their needs come first and quickly settle in. Known for their ability to connect with teenagers, Tip and Bill are adept at managing some of their most …

Lower North News – March 2017

Message from Stephanie Kia ora everyone This is a very important month for the Foster/Whanau/Kin care sector in New Zealand and I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the importance of humanity than by looking after our children. This month at Fostering Kids New Zealand we are celebrating the awesome work you all do by looking after the …

Lower North News – Feb 2017

Message from Stephanie We hope you managed to have some relaxation and family time over the holidays.  With the start of the school year just underway, routines will be getting back into motion again for the year ahead. Speaking of the start of the school year, there was a post on Face Book about the School and Year Start Up …