Otago News – December 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm greetings to you all, It was great connecting with many of you at Moana Pool for our Family Fun Day event. I hope those who attended had a great time. It would be really nice if you and your tamariki could take the time to write a short thank you note …

Lower South News – December 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, Yes folks, it is December so it’s got to be said “Merry Christmas” 😊. Some of you had the opportunity of attending the Fostering Kids NZ National Conference “Setting the Pace” in October. This was two days of total immersion in therapeutic parenting and trauma informed models for both families and professionals. It bought …

Upper North News – December 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm greetings to you all, Congratulations to our Kaikohe FFA (Foundations for Attachment) participants who have completed their five months worth of follow up and integration two hour sessions. These people have dedicated time and effort into using the PACE approach in their family and work lives. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou …

Auckland South/Waikato News – December 2019

Tena koutou katoa! I have been so fortunate to meet, connect and become friends with so many of you. I really want to thank you for sharing your stories with me throughout the year. I am constantly humbled at what you give of yourselves and just being in your presence makes me feel like a better person. Next year is …

Central North News – December 2019

Kia ora everyone! By now, hopefully you will have read or heard that Gonny has moved onto another role closer to home and with less hours to enjoy her whanau as years are getting more precious to her. Gonny would like to pass onto you all that she will miss Fostering Kids NZ very much. I know that Gonny has …

East Coast News – December 2019

Kia ora everyone! By now, hopefully you will have read or heard that Gonny has moved onto another role closer to home and with less hours to enjoy her whanau as years are getting more precious to her. Gonny would like to pass onto you all that she will miss Fostering Kids NZ very much. I know that Gonny has …

North West News – December 2019

Kia ora koutou, Here we are at the end of another mad, wonderful and challenging year! I’ve enjoyed every opportunity to engage with caregivers, whether it’s at training, support groups, over a coffee or at the supermarket. It was a highlight to be able to travel for nine weeks this year, but I was very aware that it is a …

Lower North News – December 2019

Kia ora, What an amazing start to my new life here in Aotearoa New Zealand! I have enjoyed every single moment of working for Fostering Kids NZ, supporting you, advocating for you, sharing my knowledge with you and meeting so many of you through workshops and support groups. By now, hopefully you will have read that I have moved onto …

Upper South News – December 2019

Kia ora koutou, How did we get to the Christmas edition already!! Wow, what a busy second half to the year with our National Conference in October and then straight into our Family Fun Days and Christmas parties. I’m writing this month’s snippets straight after the Salmon Ponds Fishing day and not only was it a highlight for me, but …

Holiday Hours 2019/2020

Our National Office will be closed from 4.00pm on Monday 23 December 2019 and will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 6 January 2020. If you need support or help during this time please call your Agency. If you do not have an Agency or you feel the matter is critical, call our Critical Support Service, 0800 693 278, and leave …

BOARD PAYMENTS OVER THE 2019/20 CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Over the holiday season there will be some changes to the regular scheduled board payments. The arrangements for board payments over the 2019/2020 Christmas and New Year period from Oranga Tamariki are as follows: The week starting Monday 2 December 2019: you’ll receive your payment as usual for the period 20 November to 3 December plus your Christmas allowance. The …

We Set The PACE

We really set the PACE at this year’s Fostering Kids NZ National Conference. We had international and local speakers address the 330 delegates about how we can empower our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) in care so they can thrive, not merely survive. Over the two days, our keynote and workshop speakers presented on a wide range to topics …

Thank You Z

During September GOOD IN THE HOOD was held at Z Stations across the country to help raise funds for local community groups. We are very grateful to have been chosen by six Z Stations for Good in the Hood 2019. Thank you Z Energy for this fantastic initiative that supports so many wonderful local organisations and thank you to all …

National Care Standards

At our National Conference – Setting the PACE, Rachel Hohaia from Oranga Tamariki’s Care Team talk about the National Care Standards that came into effect 1 July 2019. These set out the standard of care all tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) should be receiving to do well and be well. The standards also define the support caregivers can expect …

A Night to Remember – Excellence in Foster Care Awards 2019

The 2019 Excellence in Foster Care Awards were held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland on the 16 October, where twelve extraordinary caregivers were recipients of this years’ awards. This years’ award recipients are: Robin and Kahu Grace from Tauranga – click here Gayle Meijer from Invercargill – click here Lynne Kenny from Hamilton – click here …

Deb and Greg Curtis

Deb and Greg from Waipara are caregivers for Oranga Tamariki. They are deeply dedicated to the needs of the children in their care and are dedicated to creating the best environment and positive outcomes. They work hard to create meaningful bonds with the biological families of their girls as they know that positive relationships with their families will help the …

Constance (Connie) Mason

After offering respite care for a number of years Connie, from Blenheim, applied for parenting orders in 2014. She is now the proud “mama” of 4 young siblings. Connie understands the importance of whanau and works hard to nurture the relationship between her children and their families, often going above and beyond to ensure they can maintain their connection to …

Mark and Maralyn Wallace

Mark and Maralyn have been caregivers for 16 year. They are now caregivers at the Martindale Family Home in Christchurch and care for up to 7 boys. They have shaped an environment of nurture and care in the Martindale Family home. With clear boundaries and guidelines set, the boys are shown that they are cared for and protected. Mark and …

Amy and Terence Brinkman

Nelson Caregivers, Amy and Terence are currently Home for Life parents to a toddler of a child they had previously fostered. They also provide emergency care through Oranga Tamariki. Amy and Terrance are known to advocate strongly for fair outcomes for young people in care, particularly in the areas of education and mental health. Their ongoing support continues even after …

Margaret Chung

Margaret, of Auckland, began her caregiving journey in 2012 after her daughter was sent home from school with a flyer for Lifewise. With her non-judgemental, compassionate attitude and her eagerness to learn more about best care, Margaret provides safe and nurturing placements with a complete child focus. Not only does Margaret strive to do the best for the children in …