Lynne Kenny

From a young age Lynne of Hamilton, has always had a love for children and chose to focus her studies in this area. From her depth of knowledge around child development combined with her own experiences, Lynne grew a desire to become a foster parent. Between managing and owning Early Childhood Centre’s and fostering for Barnardos, Lynne has now worked …

Gayle Meijer

Dipton caregiver, Gayle first trained as a caregiver in 2014 through Family Works, focusing on respite care. In 2016, Gayle resigned from respite caregiving as she became a whanau caregiver – to provide her granddaughter with the care and protection she needed. Gayle works hard to provide a safe, structured and healing home for her granddaughter as she is determined …

Robin and Kahu Grace

Robin and Kahu of Tauranga have been Family Home caregivers for Oranga Tamariki since 2013 and have cared for numerous children during this time. Their caregiving journey began because they wanted to change children’s lives for the better. With a focus on love, care, trust and respect Robin and Kahu built a nurturing environment where they could break the cycle. …

Auckland News – November 2019

Kia ora koutou katoa/ Greetings to you all, Wow, I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the Fostering Kids NZ National Conference on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. It was a fabulous time for many reasons. This year’s theme was Setting the PACE. Some of the highlights for me: I attended Lisa Dion’s Play Therapy workshop.  She referred …

Upper North News – November 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all, Wow..Mīharo/Amazing!! I had a great time at “Setting the PACE” the Fostering Kids NZ National Conference held on the 16th and 17th of October. Here are some of the highlights for me: The venue and location (see pics below of the view from my room) and the kai!!! OMGoodness …

East Coast News – November 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! I’m still buzzing from the excitement of being with caregivers and professionals listening to some of the presenters over the two days of our National Conference – Setting the PACE on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Here are just some of the gems I was fortunate enough to hear: Day One Understanding the …

Auckland South/Waikato News – November 2019

Kia ora Koutou, Well November is here, and outside parks and gardens are looking amazing. The flower for the month of November is the chrysanthemum, and in the language of flowers, chrysanthemum is considered to symbolise honesty, joy, and optimism. Isn’t that fitting just before Christmas! Our National Conference “Setting the PACE” was held in Auckland on the 16th and 17th of October. …

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 …

Lower North News – November 2019

Kia ora, What an amazing few days I had at our National Conference – Setting the PACE held on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. It was great to see so many of our members from our region there! I was able to catch up with some familiar faces and I even got to meet some new ones …

Upper South News – November 2019

Kia ora te Whānau , As we head into the very busy end of year activities I would like to share with you my reflections from our National Conference which was held on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. The theme was “Setting the PACE”. This was very apt given that the landscape of the care sector has …

Central North News – November 2019

Kia Ora Koutou/Greetings everyone! I’m still buzzing from the excitement of being with caregivers and professionals listening to some of the presenters over the two days of our National Conference – Setting the PACE on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Here are just some of the gems I was fortunate enough to hear: Day One Understanding the …

Canterbury News – November 2019

Kia ora koutou/greetings to all!  It was a great privilege to be a part of our National Conference on the 16th and 17th of October. However, I couldn’t help but think of all the caregivers in our region starting Term 4, doing the daily routine, loving our tamariki, and making me proud to be a fellow caregiver! The theme of our …

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, …

Lower South News – November 2019

Kia ora koutou / Greetings everyone, As I write this I have just arrived home from our biannual National conference and I am pondering some of the highlights and comments passed by the Ministers and speakers which I will share a little of. This year’s theme was Setting the PACE. A highlight for me was being able to share in …

Te Kete Ararau

Have you heard of Te Kete Ararau? Te Kete Ararau App has been designed to help caregivers develop a more meaningful understanding of the Oranga Tamariki cultural Framework of tamariki Māori and the importance of whakapapa (geneology) and whanaungatanga (relationships). The App provides valuable information and learning tools on key Māori concepts and values, key events and effects on Māori, …

Board Nominations 2019

Anona Tompkins – South Auckland I live on a lifestyle block on the border of South Auckland and Franklin. I am an experienced Nurse as well as a Foster Carer with an NGO contracted to Oranga Tamariki. Our journey in Foster Care begun almost 9 years ago, offering a nurturing environment for children aged 5+ including preteens and teenagers.  My husband Graham and …

Upper South News – October 2019

Kia ora Koutou, Spring is now upon us so I am starting to enjoy the longer days, although the extra rain has been something else! I have covered our beautiful region in the last couple of weeks and it is always clear to me that the level of commitment of caregivers towards children in care is amazing. I would like …

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 …

Canterbury News – October 2019

Kia ora koutou!  Spring has sprung in Canterbury and school holidays are here.  It’s a great time to connect with our tamariki – children learn so much through play! There are always lots of events happening during the holidays.  Here are some ideas that don’t cost a thing: Head outside and explore your back yard or a local park – children …

East Coast News – October 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! October is finally here! I am really looking forward to meeting lots of you and sharing this amazing experience at our national conference coming up on the 16th and 17th of October in Auckland. Did you know that as a member of Fostering Kids NZ your registration has been heavily subsidised! It would be great to …