Lower North News – December 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Greetings to everyone) WOW, is it really nearly Christmas? As a kiwi Christmas is new for us, we’ve decided that this year we’re all going to try something different with giving presents. We have each been given a budget and we are ONLY allowed to buy each other gifts that have been bought in Op shops, second …

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, …

East Coast News – December 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Thanks to everyone who helped make the Tairawhiti and the Hawkes Bay Regional Hui a success and accessible to your part of the country.  It was great to hear what services are available locally.  Thank you to those speakers who took the time to inform us of their particular service/agency. Also to the keynote speakers Dr …

Central North News – December 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Summer is upon us with school holidays and Christmas!  Hard to believe the year has gone so fast.  There are still a lot of events and trainings coming in December – here are some of them: FASD (Fetal Alcohol) Dr Valerie McGinn Speaking in Tauranga: There has been a lot of interest in setting up a …

Auckland South/Waikato News – December 2018

Tena Koutou Katoa Ko Tainui raua Ko Te Aupouri raua Ko Hauraki oku Iwi Ko Ngati Rautao toku Haapu Ko Paaku toku maunga Ko Tairua toku moana Ko Oturu toku marae Ko Nyvonne taku ingoa   Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana, Bula vinaka, Talofa ni, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni hao and Hello. Hi, I’m Nyvonne and I’m …

Auckland News – December 2018

Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana, Bula vinaka, Talofa ni, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni hao and Hello. Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) This month has been another great and busy month supporting caregivers and offering trainings. Term 4 included trainings on Maltreatment and Family Violence, Teamwork, Carer Families, Child Development and two …

Upper North News – December 2018

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone What a year it’s been! I’m looking forward to a bit of rest over the Christmas break. I’ve embarked on a lot of learning – the National Caregiver Training material and attending Te Wānanga O Aotearoa Manaaki Tāngata / Certificate in Bicultural Services Course.  Both of these journeys have enhanced each other and …

Rugby NZ Give Bikes to Kids

Fostering Kids NZ partners with a team building company, Elevate who provide charity team building events called “Build My Ride”.  At these events, the corporate teams compete to earn points (parts of the bike), then build the bikes for children to take home. Recently, there was an extra special bike event held in Wellington. Rugby NZ were participating in the “Build …

National Conference 2019

Good news we have fixed the date for next year’s National Conference.  Block out Wednesday 16 October and Thursday 17 October 2019 in your diaries now.  We will have an exciting range of national and international speakers running keynotes and workshop sessions giving you the latest learnings and tools to create your very own therapeutic home and heal the children …

LIFT model coming to West Coast, Christchurch, Rotorua and Wairarapa

We are excited that Caring Families Aotearoa (a division of Fostering Kids NZ) will deliver level one of the Levels of Integrated Family Therapy (LIFT) model in Greymouth, Christchur, Rotorua and Wairarapa in early 2019.  Caring Families Aotearoa have been successfully delivering this model to caregivers around New Zealand in 2018.  The model includes the Foundations for Attachment programme, developed …

Christmas Hours

Our offices, national and regional, will be closed from 4.00pm on Friday 21 December, 2018 and will open at 9.00am on Monday 14 January, 2019. If you have a crisis during this time please call your Agency.  If you do not have an Agency or you feel the matter is critical, call 0800 693 278 – our Critical Support Service …

Changes to the Extraordinary Care Fund Criteria

For those members who receive an Unsupported Child Benefit (UCB) or Orphans Benefit you may apply to the Extraordinary Care Fund for certain activities/items to assist in the care of your child/young person.  The process for this has not been easy for busy caregivers to manage and the Ministry of Social Development have been working on some exciting improvements. When …

Studylink Progress

School is nearly out for the year and if you have a Year 12 or 13 in your care there is no doubt lots of discussions about the future and in particular, next year.  If they are thinking of tertiary study and applying for StudyLink please contact your Regional Coordinator or National Office first. StudyLink should be applied for as …

CEO Report

As we complete the first year of our Strategic Plan 2017-2020, I am very pleased with our achievements to date.  Our plan included seven Strategic Objectives over the three year period and when I consider each of them, I believe we have made significant progress toward achieving most of these goals. In consultation with our members we have completely reviewed …

Annual General Meeting

Thank you to those who attended our AGM in Lower Hutt, had afternoon tea with their Regional Coordinator and sent in a Proxy vote. Your continued involvement and interest in Fostering Kids NZ is greatly appreciated. It is with sadness that we said farewell to two Board members, Peter Edmonds and Janice Purchase.  Peter was the Board’s Cultural Advisor and …

Excellence in Foster Care Awards

Here at Fostering Kids NZ we love to celebrate the incredible work that caregivers do for the children in their care. Each year, alongside Oranga Tamariki, we hold our annual Excellence in Foster Care Awards. The awards are a chance to honour those who always go above and beyond for the children and young people in their care. Often caregivers …

Family Fun Days – Tickets Still Available

We have 3,000 tickets for children and their families at 32 Family Fun Day events held from November to December throughout New Zealand. In 2018 there are going to be pool parties, ten pin bowling and movies.  The first events will be held this weekend in the South Island and the last event is on the 16 December in South …

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 …

Canterbury News – November 2018

Kia ora, It was a privilege to be asked to write this month’s snippets for you all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine at this hard time.  For those that haven’t heard of me, I’m Iona, the Lower North Regional Coordinator and the Team Leader for our Regional Coordinator team.  I’m excited to be coming to Christchurch later this …