Support Groups

Around the country caregivers are getting together to support each other and enjoy each others company.  We have seen a renewed interest in Support Groups and it is encouraging to see groups starting up in new areas. People are telling us that it is easy to set up a new group and it is lovely to receive a ‘supporters pack’ …

Auckland News – October 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I do hope you all enjoyed Te Wiki O te Maori in September (Maori Language Week.) I really enjoyed hearing te reo more frequently on our airwaves and in meetings. I am keen to extend my knowledge of tikanga (custom) and te reo so I embrace any opportunity …

Auckland South/Waikato News – October 2018

Kia ora We’re well into Spring and day light savings has started.  I love this time of year with new potential, new life and longer days to enjoy.  If I didn’t feel and appreciate what winter represents; hibernation, the opportunity to replenish our land (rain!) and definitely more time to reflect; I wouldn’t see all the possibilities Spring brings. The …

Upper North News – October 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Geetings to everyone) Nga mihi nui ki te Whanau Whāngai (Specifically greetings to the Caregiving Family) Te Wiki O te Reo Māori (Māori language week in September) was a reminder that we have three official languages that need space for expression.  You may have noticed that I use te reo because my tūpuna (ancestors) spoke it and …

East Coast News – October 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The year is zooming, by especially now that the weather is warmer. I wish you all a happy school holidays. I hope that you can enjoy lots of outdoor experiences in some of the wonderful nature playgrounds we are blessed with.  Nothing like a dose of nature with an abundance of sensory experiences to calm the …

Central North News – October 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The year is zooming by, especially now that the weather is warmer. I wish you all a happy school holidays. I hope that you can enjoy lots of outdoor experiences in some of the wonderful nature playgrounds we are blessed with.  Nothing like a dose of nature with an abundance of sensory experiences to calm the …

Lower North News – October 2018

Kia ora everyone, WOW… another month has passed.  I love seeing the green appearing on the trees, and the flowers are making an appearance almost everywhere I look. I am looking forward to getting out in the garden, building my first ever polytunnel and getting stuck in, planting my new vegetable patch over the next few weekends. Are you coming …

North West News – October 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/Warm greetings to you all Spring is my favourite time of the year especially with daylight savings. I try to make the most of these long evenings, as it is a great time to do some family activities together. School holidays are a wonderful time for reflecting. Term 3 has been a busy term …

Upper South News – October 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I would like to start by thanking all of you who in some way participated in our Regional Hui, I trust that you went away with some valuable learning that you can apply to caring for the tamariki placed in your care. I also hope that you get …

Canterbury News – October 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner.  Harper Ave is looking stunning with the cherry blossom trees in full bloom.  I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and all that spring brings! One of my favourite quotations is:  When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job …

Lower South News – October 2018

Kia ora Katoa, As I have travelled through the region supporting and training this month I have found myself talking about teaching breathing as a technique to calm big emotions, and to slow down when feeling stressed or anxious. A lot of our children and young people experience anxiety and stress as we do ourselves as their Caregivers. As we …

You’re invited – Annual General Meeting

Fostering Kids NZ (NZ Family and Foster Care Federation Inc.) will be holding their AGM at 2.00pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.  This year’s AGM will be held at Hutt City Baptist Church, 132-146 High St, Lower Hutt 5010.  For those unable to attend the AGM in Lower Hutt, you are invited to join your Regional Coordinator to participate in the AGM and for afternoon …

Aunty Billie Retires

Billie Galloway has only recently retired from caregiving after 60 years of service and caring for thousands of children.   Known as ‘Mum”, Aunty Billie and more lately ‘Nana”, Billie’s year’s of caregiving were celebrated in Auckland recently by those she had cared for, people she had worked with, friends and family.  All acknowledged this wonderful woman who is always smiling …

New for Training

We are excited about some new changes to the National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP) training programme.  The workshops are designed to empower and equip you with the knowledge you need to help children thrive. Research shows that when students become reflective about the teaching and learning process, they are strengthening their own capacity to learn. Our newly updated three core …

Kid’s love their new bikes

Elevate provide charity team building events called “Build My Ride”.  At these events, the corporate teams compete to earn points (parts of the bike). Recently, many companies have participated in these event, where the bikes have been donated to children in the care of Fostering Kids NZ members. The excitement builds for the children as they wait for the teams to complete …

Father’s Day

A male role model is so important in a child’s life. As father’s day is this Sunday, many foster fathers get left out. However, for children in care, often their foster dads are the main male role model they have. To celebrate all you incredible foster dads on father’s day, we thought we would share with you the story of Nathan Wallis, …

Annual General Meeting

Fostering Kids NZ (New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation Inc.) will be holding their AGM at 2.00pm on Wednesday, 24 October 2018.  This year’s AGM will be held at Hutt City Baptist Church, 132-146 High St, Lower Hutt 5010.  For those unable to attend the AGM in Lower Hutt, you are invited to join your Regional Coordinator to participate in the AGM via skype …

Auckland South/Waikato News – September 2018

Kia ora Recently there was a lovely evening where a lot of caregivers, past and present Fostering Kids NZ staff, family and friends of Billie Galloway came together to celebrate the 60 years of caregiving that she has given to the care sector in New Zealand. What an amazing woman. An inspiration to us all for her dedication and commitment.  …

Upper North News – September 2018

Kia ora koutou/Be well Everyone Support Groups I’m keen to support small groups, rural (3 members minimum) and suburban (5 members minimum), to come together to create their own networks for what ever reason is important to them.  On our Fostering Kids NZ website you will find details that explain how to set up a support group, please take a …

Auckland News – September 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Well I am now into my second month in this role and it all still feels so new and fresh. I have loved meeting some of you through various connections and trainings. Please feel free to contact me on Facebook, email, text or ring our 0800 number, what …