Auckland News – March 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Well I can’t believe how quickly time passes and we are at the beginning of March already. I hope the tamariki (children) in your care are settling back into the school routine and the gentle weekly structure is providing some welcome parameters. On the other hand, I understand …

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 …

Canterbury News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Foster Care Awareness Week this year is 03 – 09 March.  This gives us an opportunity to give thanks to you, the amazing, selfless caregivers who have such huge hearts for what you do.  After such success at last year’s event, its been arranged for you again to have the opportunity to make hanging baskets, on …

Upper South News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The advantage of a new year is that we are able to take stock of ourselves and reflect on our practice (what we do in parenting our children in care).  What am I doing that is working?  Why is it working?  What am I struggling with?  Why am I struggling?  What do I need?  What can …

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 …

Upper North News – March 2019

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone Children’s Day and Regional Hui in March You may have noticed that the training calendar is a bit empty….that’s because I’m putting all my energy into helping organise some amazing events, one for the community in Whangārei (Children’s Day at the Pulse) and the other is our regional Hui on March 27 at …

Congratulations L’Oréal

L’Oréal truly values supporting the community and has been working in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ since 2007. L’Oréal, the world’s leading beauty company, has been recognised by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is the 10th time that L’Oréal …

Celebrate Children’s Day @ The Pulse Raumanga

Activities on the Day Fun and Games |Bouncy Castle | Water Games |Face painting Sausage Sizzle |Stalls |Prizes | Kuia/Kaumatua Rest Tent ALL FREE Free Bus to and from THE PULSE, Raumanga Valley Road TIKIPUNGA – KAMO TIMETABLE Route: from The Pulse, Raumanga Valley Rd, Otaika Rd, Maunu Rd, Bank St, Kamo Rd, Station Rd, Corks Rd, Paramount Pde, Manapouri St, Corks Rd, Kiripaka Rd, …

Managing the Toll of Caregiver Trauma

January 6, 2019 |Eileen Devine, LCSW A few months ago, a client who is the mother of a child with significant behavioral challenges came to meet with me. We’d been meeting for several months, discussing how the brain works, the ways in which her child’s brain works differently, how those differences are connected to the behaviors her daughter was exhibiting …

Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The next Safer Internet Day is Tuesday 5 February 2019 and the theme is Together for a Better Internet. Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, the day is an opportunity for people, schools, industry and organisations to unite …

Studylink

For many young people in care, applying for university can be very exciting. It is a start of a new chapter in their lives where they can upskill, peruse their passion and chase their dreams. They may come to you, as their caregiver, and ask for your help with their studylink application. We wish to remind you and the young …

Extraordinary Care Fund

The Extraordinary Care Fund is available to caregivers who receive the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit (UCB) and have a child who is: showing promise through high achievement for a particular skill or talent; or experiencing difficulties that are impacting on their development. For example, a child with learning or behavioural difficulties who would benefit from participation in a …

School and Year Start Up Payment 2019

Applications for the School and Year Start-up Payment are open until the 28 February for caregivers who receive the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Orphan’s Benefit for children in their care. With the school year right around the corner, this can often be a stressful time when it comes to the cost of school fees, uniforms and stationery. This payment is …

Face your Future 2019 – Registrations are Now Open!

Held in Auckland each year Face Your Future is a two day, motivational workshop that explores career pathways, interview skills and offers a session on personal presentation. With a focus on pushing through adversity, Face your Future encourages the young people who attend to move forward in life and not let their past define them. Face Your Future is open …

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 …

Canterbury News – February 2019

Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou It’s February already! I hope you all managed to get some sort of a break over the Christmas period. I know it can be a bag of mixed blessings, lovely to spend time with our whanau/families, pace of life is slower but filling school holiday days can be rather challenging! These next couple …

Upper South News – February 2019

Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou It’s February already!  I hope you all managed to get some sort of a break over the Christmas period, I know it can be a bag of mixed blessings, lovely to spend time with our whanau/families, pace of life is slower but filling school holiday days can be rather challenging!  These next couple …

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 …

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 …

East Coast News – February 2019

Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou Gonny is still away on leave until Monday 4 February, so I have written snippets on her behalf. It’s February already!  I hope you all managed to get some sort of a break over the Christmas period, I know it can be a bag of mixed blessings, lovely to spend time with our …