North West News – February 2019

Kia ora Koutou He Mihi Mahana mo te Tau Hou – A warm greeting for the New Year  I hope this first newsletter of 2019 finds you and your families well and you are all enjoying the natural resources our wonderful region provides. My husband and I had the privilege of spending 2 weeks in the South Island over Christmas …

North West News – December 2018

Kia ora Koutou 2018 continues to be busy right up till Christmas this year which includes more training for me on PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy) and Therapeutic Parenting. I also have a brief but special time in Wellington spending time with the Regional Coordinators and National Office staff. In general, the year has been full with new trainings, travel, …

North West News – November 2018

Kia ora Koutou As the end of the year rapidly draws near, everybody I speak to is busy. I find I’m having to be mindful of my own well-being and ensure I take moments to switch off from the demands that capture my attention and time. For some of us this is easier than others. The people I notice who …

North West News – October 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/Warm greetings to you all Spring is my favourite time of the year especially with daylight savings. I try to make the most of these long evenings, as it is a great time to do some family activities together. School holidays are a wonderful time for reflecting. Term 3 has been a busy term …

North West News – Septemeber 2018

Recently we ran a workshop in Whanganui ‘Building Secure Attachments’. What a great day we had together and great to see some new faces in the big group. Thanks to all who came. Here’s something to bring some spring cheer to all of us, bright yellow daffodils usually are a sign we’re heading into better weather.  Spring is often referred to …

North West News – August 2018

Kia ora Koutou Well we really have hit the depths of winter, I hope everybody is taking special care to treat themselves kindly and find something that brings joy in the midst of these short, rainy, cold days! Recently I did some reading on whangai care. One paper in particular by Karen Okeroa McRae and Linda Waimarie Nikora: Whangai: remembering, …

North West News – July 2018

I’m so excited to announce the… FOUNDATIONS FOR ATTACHMENT – training coming to New Plymouth The Foundations for Attachment programme supports caregivers with children who have experienced attachment problems, trauma, loss and/or separation early in their life.  It is remarkable in its abilty to provide practical assistance within group sessions over four days to caregivers of children with difficulties in …

North West News – June 2018

Kia ora Koutou Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day and you were appreciated for how important you are in the life of your family/whanau! We have a new member to our household, a six-month old puppy. Evie joins our 2 ½ year old dog. It’s been an opportunity to put on my therapeutic hat with a dog that …

North West News – May 2018

Kia ora Katoa/ Geetings all One of the amazing things that happens when we lose someone precious, is that the stories of their life are gathered together and shared with the community around them and we are able to hear and appreciate the bigger picture of their life. It was very moving listening to family and friends speak about the …

North West News – April 2018

It’s been a busy month with a great way to start with Foster Care Awareness Week and regional trainings in full swing. A big ‘thank you’ to the caregivers who came along and supported Mana Williams’ visit to New Plymouth. On greeting Mana for the first time, I was struck by his mild but determined manner. Mana volunteered his time …

North West News – March 2018

Kia ora Koutou I recently spent a week attending ‘DDP’ Training (Dyadic Developmental Practice) in Auckland. DDP includes the PACE model of parenting which you may have read about in Fostering Kids NZ Snippets and may have heard about at Fostering Kids NZ Conference. If not, DDP is a therapeutic approach that assists caregivers and the children in their care …

North West News – February 2018

Kia ora Koutou Happy New Year to you all! I enjoyed a great holiday break, the amazing summer weather contributed hugely to my enjoyment of it and I hope it has helped you with your efforts to keep children occupied. I’ve come back to work this year feeling more passionate about the well-being of children in care in our community …

North West News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora Koutou Taking all these stories into consideration shaped my approach to the content of the Northwest Regional Hui held on 14 November 2017.  I felt it was important that caregivers had the opportunity to hear about changes impacting the care sector and Oranga Tamariki caregivers, first hand.  I was thrilled when Site Manager, Frances Farmer, took a personal interest …

North West 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 …

North West News – October 2017

Safe Care needs Self-Care – Regional Hui Join me on 14 November at Park City Church to hear about the ‘Changing Landscape of Care with Oranga Tamariki, learn the importance of ‘looking after self’, hear about ‘the implications of Neuroscience for Foster care’ and learn about what is ‘normal’ and expected sexual behaviour vs concerning behaviours. To register please complete …

North West News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou I hope the 3rd school term is going well for both caregivers and the children in your care. The shorter days invariably see children spending a lot more time cooped up inside. This may mean spending more energy managing screen time and the concerns that this raises. A helpful resource a colleague shared with me recently is …

North West News – August 2017

Kia ora Koutou In this month’s Snippets I want to promote the value of ‘Life Story Books’ and encourage you to attend Kylie McDonagh-Parker’s (Taranaki’s Caregiver Association Key Contact) workshop on 26 August in New Plymouth. Do you collect and keep a record of school, personal and family keepsakes, dates and significant happenings in the life of your child in …

North West News – July 2017

Kia ora Katoa My planning for term three is well under way and there are some interesting things on offer for North West regional caregivers. Recently a few of the workshops were adapted to an ‘on-line’ format, which allows caregivers (once they have registered) to be sent a link well before the training date. This allows the readings and written …

North West News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou How’s your month been? Full of ups and downs? Maybe it’s been really challenging? We know as adults that challenges are an ongoing part of our lives.  Sometimes no matter how much effort we put into something or how true our intentions are, sometimes things just don’t work out the way we hope, or seem fair, or, …

North West News – May 2017

Kia ora koutou katoa It’s amazing how many times I’ve used the phrase ‘time poor’ this term. Busyness seems to be epidemic! In other words, we have heaps of stuff to do and we don’t have enough time to do it! Sometimes we just don’t know how to say no and sometimes we don’t have the mindfulness or space to …