Lower South News – August 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, Wishing you all warm greetings as the frost and winter winds are biting outside! I’m hoping you’ve been able to fight off the cold and viruses about this winter. I thought this was a good opportunity to remind caregivers of what “Guardianship” means when it comes to everyday decisions concerning the children in our …

Lower South News – July 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, Wow, we are half way through the year already. We have past the shortest day, had the winter-fest in Queenstown, the mid-winter swim at Oreti beach, the Southland Fostercare Mid-Winter Dinner in Invercargill and the Fostercare Support Group Matariki celebrations in Gore and Alexandra. It was so good to catch up with you all …

Lower South News – June 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, During May I was focusing on how caring for our tamariki (children) & rangatahi (youth) impacts our entire families. We have had some good discussions around Southland on this topic. We all experience some loss as new people come into our homes and with that may come a little grief. As we all move over …

Lower South News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! By the time you get to read this, Easter will have been and gone and Term 2 will be starting. You will be back to getting our tamariki (children) into school routines.  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!  …

Lower South News – April 2019

Kia Ora everyone! I would like to start by saying thank you to all that were able to make it to the morning teas held in the region over Foster Care Awareness Week. We can never put into words how amazing you all are and acknowledge that this is not always an easy road that we travel. For those that …

Lower South News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! You all do amazing work caring for our tamariki and rangatahi, and we just wanted to show our appreciation for the extraordinary work you all do. I so hope you manage to get to one of the morning or afternoon teas that are being held about the region for Foster Care Awareness Week.  I would like …

Lower South News – February 2019

Kia Ora everyone, Happy New Year to you all. I really hope the summer festive season has been relaxing for you, allowing you to recharge your batteries and have some magic moments with friends and family. Fostering Kids NZ is excited to share news about establishing a new Regional Coordinator role. This position will be 20 hours a week and …

Lower South News – December 2018

Kia ora everyone Mere Kirihimete (Merry Christmas) As the year comes to a close over this next month, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to you, the amazing, selfless caregivers out there who have such huge hearts for what you do. Christmas time is of course a joyous, precious time for families but for those that …

Lower South News – November 2018

Kia Ora Everyone Summer is on the way with some great temperatures being had by us all- the beach and BBQ are beckoning, and with it Christmas is coming… just 6 weeks and our children will be on their summer holidays and preparing for Christmas. If you are wanting a Christmas gathering for fostering families in your area do let …

Lower South News – October 2018

Kia ora Katoa, As I have travelled through the region supporting and training this month I have found myself talking about teaching breathing as a technique to calm big emotions, and to slow down when feeling stressed or anxious. A lot of our children and young people experience anxiety and stress as we do ourselves as their Caregivers. As we …

Lower South News – September 2018

Kia ora All Daffodils, lambs and calves must mean it’s spring time again! For those of you who are working on the land, I hope all is going well as you nurture and tend to your animals, pastures and plantings. Where ever you live, be it urban or rural, isn’t it lovely to feel the warmth of the sun as …

Lower South News – August 2018

Kia Ora everyone This month I have been thinking a lot about self-care. We cannot pour from an empty cup…so we need to find ways to keep topping ours up. How do we do that when we have children who have come from a hard place to care for? We have work and relationships to maintain, we have appointments to …

Lower South News – July 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I have so enjoyed delivering the new workshop Building Secure Attachments in Otago & Southland. It is really healthy to look within ourselves and see how we are doing and what dynamics we are creating within our family units based on our own internal working models and how resilient we are ourselves. Next term I’ll be …

Lower South News – June 2018

  Kia Ora All Gosh already June, the time does go so fast… It is with great sadness and sorrow that I share that the Roxburgh Stand Children’s Village – (formally the Roxburgh children’s health Camp) is closing in July 2018. I have a personal connection to this place and know lots of you do too. I know our Grandparents …

Lower South News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone I am genuinely excited about bringing you ’The Importance of Play’ workshop. This workshop is just as relevant to caregivers of the older child/teens as it is to those looking after our babies and tamariki (children). I’m delivering it in Invercargill over two evenings in May. Register online or contact myself or our national office on …

Lower South News – April 2018

Kia Ora Everyone, A special big reminder to all that you are doing an extraordinary job looking after the children you have in your care. It is not always easy; please give yourself a huge hug and some special self-care. Remember as the flight attendant says – “put on your own oxygen mask first then that of your child”. If …

Lower South News – March 2018

Kia Ora All, It is time to acknowledge and celebrate the great work caregivers do, by way of Foster Care Awareness Week starting the first week of March. I would like to extend a genuine congratulations to the caregivers who won an Excellence in Foster Care award from Otago and Invercargill this year. It is so deserving; I hope you …

Lower South 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 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 many to learn is that …

Lower South News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora everyone It has been a busy end to 2017 with Family Fun days in Dunedin, Queenstown & Invercargill, tickets to the circus in Invercargill, bikes given to some very happy children in Queenstown and Dunedin and now there are Christmas parties and school breakups coming up. I really hope you and your children/young people have been able to …

Lower South News – November 2017

Kia ora everyone It has been a busy time here at Fostering Kids NZ. We had our national conference at the end of September in Christchurch, which was a huge success with great feedback from those who attended. It was great to have 17 carers from Southland/Otago and 5 staff from NGO/MVCOT be with us. On behalf of the children …