Lower North News – July 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! We had an amazing day where our Regional Committee organised and hired the Embassy Cinema in Wellington for caregivers and their families to watch the new film Toy Story 4.  It was so popular I think we will certainly try and hire a cinema screen again soon!  Speaking of this: Regional Committee We now have two committee members representing the Wellington …

Lower North News – June 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! It is a month of celebration for me here at Fostering Kids NZ! At the end of this month I will have been with you all for one whole year, hasn’t time flown? I have loved every minute of it, meeting so many of you through the training days, support groups and other events and meetings …

Lower North News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Hands up who ate way too many chocolate eggs last month…. I know I did, but they were really, really good and so, so yummy! I also had my first ever birthday in New Zealand in April.  It was lovely experiencing an autumn birthday with all the pink and gold sunsets, clear starry sky’s and fluffy …

Lower North News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The leaves are starting to drop, those beautiful golds and reds are returning to our trees. I love autumn, I love the beautiful fiery reds and glorious sunsets that go with this time of year. Thoughts of those special walks with the crunch of leaves under my feet bring a smile to my face. Our senses …

Lower North News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! It’s March already!  Where has the beginning of the year disappeared to? I have been enjoying walking in the Tararua Ranges with my husband and picking (and eating) the produce I have been growing in my new vege patch. Haven’t we been having some beautiful weather too, although I hear the calls for some rain now …

Lower North News – February 2019

Ngā mihi o te tau hou (Happy new year, greetings for the new year) I really enjoyed my very first Kiwi Christmas, it has been a new experience with the sun, surf and picnics over the holiday break, rather than snow, wet and cold. So what has February got in store for everyone? I know that many families will have …

Lower North News – December 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Greetings to everyone) WOW, is it really nearly Christmas? As a kiwi Christmas is new for us, we’ve decided that this year we’re all going to try something different with giving presents. We have each been given a budget and we are ONLY allowed to buy each other gifts that have been bought in Op shops, second …

Lower North News – November 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Greetings to everyone) This time of the year certainly seems to speed up and get busy! The countdown to the summer break and Christmas is now on. For me, I am finding it very different getting warmer as we reach the months of November and December. I am so used to having to get out my wooly …

Lower North News – October 2018

Kia ora everyone, WOW… another month has passed.  I love seeing the green appearing on the trees, and the flowers are making an appearance almost everywhere I look. I am looking forward to getting out in the garden, building my first ever polytunnel and getting stuck in, planting my new vegetable patch over the next few weekends. Are you coming …

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 …