North West News – November 2019

Kia ora Koutou, It is Stephanie here, I have the pleasure of writing these Snippets while Teena is overseas. Welcome back to Teena who arrived back late October! Our National Conference “Setting the PACE” was held in Auckland on the 16th and 17th of October. It was such a great time of connection and learning.  It was also good to …

North West News – October 2019

Kia ora Koutou, It is Stephanie here, I have the pleasure of writing these Snippets while Teena is overseas, until the end of October. It has been great connecting and supporting some of you in the North West region so far, I look forward to meeting some more of you at conference later this month.  Recently I went to a …

North West News – September 2019

Kia ora Koutou, I want to start by acknowledging your patience with regards to the training calendar this term. Oranga Tamariki are doing lots of work updating the workshops with all the new legislative changes that happened on 1 July 2019. It’s great that the new material will be current information to carry out our roles as caregivers going forward! …

North West News – August 2019

Kia ora, It’s finally starting to sink in (as I start preparing this newsletter) that a long-planned event in my own life is getting very close. In the third week of August I head overseas for an extended period, returning late October. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to take some time out from the busyness of daily …

North West News – July 2019

Kia ora Koutou,Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou/ Warm greeting to you all, It’s been a busy term with two workshops, five discussion sessions, two mid-winter events alongside support groups. The best part of my role is supporting caregivers who continue to experience a range of challenges. We do have some very caring members in our community.  I’d like to …

North West News – June 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The leaves are dropping, the heaters are on, soup is on the menu again, and I’ve dug out my fluffy PJ’s! As we head into winter mode we have a couple of great events to brighten up the horizon and a new (but old) support group starting. Whanganui Oranga Tamariki site and Fostering Kids New Zealand …

North West 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 May and what a good excuse to take the opportunity for some self -care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from …

North West News – April 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! What a neat day we had at Everett Park Holiday Park on Children’s Day. We enjoyed lots of sunshine, connection and a BBQ lunch. The young people enjoyed water slide and archery activities, the little ones were enthusiastic about a variety of old fashioned games like egg and spoon, musical chairs, and balloon races. Thanks to …

North West News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! On Sunday it is Children’s Day. There are lots of events around our region celebrating our tamariki (children). Jump on to the Children’s Day website here and check them out. Following this is our very important week in the care sector: Foster Care Awareness Week. Hopefully, you might be able to attend an event. If not, …

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 …