Otago News – November 2019

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone, Having just returned from my first Fostering Kids NZ conference – Setting the PACE, I am still trying to process everything I experienced. From the amazing speakers, presentations, wonderful people I met and the amazing food. To be honest, it was one of the best conferences I have been to. I look forward to sharing some of the ideas, …

Otago News – October 2019

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone. I cannot believe it is October already! After such a mild start to Spring I hope we will have nice weather for school holidays. Thank you for 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 …

Otago News – August 2019

Kia ora koutou, Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) We are now past the shortest day so we should start to see more sunshine.  Although, watch out for that current nasty cold snap coming through, just after we have put our winter things away. It seems to surprise us every year! I have had …

Otago News – July 2019

Kia ora koutou, I hope you are keeping warm as the winter days and evenings are well upon us now. It has been great meeting many of you at caregiver events in Oamaru, Dunedin and Balclutha this month. A special thank you to Sonia and Gillian for making these happen. Many caregivers can feel isolated as friends, whānau and other parents don’t …

Otago News – June 2019

Kia ora koutou, The weather has seemed to suddenly get colder and the nights longer! I hope you are all keeping warm and enjoying winter comforts. I have really enjoyed meeting caregivers and their families. One thing that has come up, is that I have met a lot of people who are not Fostering Kids NZ members, who thought Fostering Kids …

Otago News – May 2019

Kia Ora Koutou, Did you know that I now have an office in PetriDish – 8 Stafford Street, Dunedin?  I’m based there Monday to Wednesday.  Please feel free to pop in and say hi. I am planning some road trips to North and South Otago in May. I will let you know the dates soon and hopefully we can arrange …

Otago News – April 2019

Kia Ora Koutou, I am excited to start my new role as Regional Coordinator of the new Otago region, and look forward to meeting with you.  I was born in Whangarei and grew up in Cambridge and Tauranga. I came down to Dunedin to study Social Psychology at Otago University.  Since then, I have worked in academia, community development, family …