Canterbury News – May 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all I have just spent a wonderful three days in Wellington with my fellow Regional Coordinators.  We were training for the new “Importance of Play” workshop, with the first one being run in Christchurch on Tuesday 15 May. Also, rewritten and updated with a Therapeutic Parenting Lens are Child Development, Understanding & Supporting Behaviour (the …

Lower South News – May 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone I am genuinely excited about bringing you ’The Importance of Play’ workshop. This workshop is just as relevant to caregivers of the older child/teens as it is to those looking after our babies and tamariki (children). I’m delivering it in Invercargill over two evenings in May. Register online or contact myself or our national office on …

Auckland South/Waikato News – May 2018

Kia Ora Last month was extremely busy with training and support.  I have been amazed at the wonderful caregivers we have.  The quality of support our tamariki (children) are getting is so encouraging. Children coming into care have complex issues and this relates to the trauma, abuse and neglect they have been exposed to. At Fostering Kids NZ we acknowledge …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s May Korero

Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all) The year is again flying by and we are almost into winter, with indications of many opportunities and changes in the wings. For the first time, there is now a person at National Office, Oranga Tamariki that is in a position of strong influence for caregivers. At the end of last year, Trish …

It’s time to vote! Shop at one of the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for Fostering Kids NZ or an association. GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four …

L’Oreal and Fostering Kids NZ celebrate a decade of changing lives

  Reach for the stars is the message that has been shared with hundreds of care-experienced young people who have been through the innovative programme, Face Your Future. Last month saw the 10th anniversary of the annual programme run by L’Oréal New Zealand, in partnership with Fostering Kids NZ. Since 2009, more than 450 care-experienced young people, aged between 16-18 years, …

Safe to Talk

Safe to talk, he pai ki te korero sexual harm helpline is a new 24/7 sexual harm information and support helpline that provides free, confidential information and support to people affected by sexual harm.  People who contact the helpline can remain anonymous and say as much or as little as they would like. Safe to talk offers free confidential contact with …

Gift Ideas for Mum this Mother’s Day!

Surprise Mum with the gift of Entertainment and help Fostering Kids New Zealand at the same time…   Give Mum an Entertainment Membership this Mother’s Day and she can enjoy more than 12 months of valuable offers! Purchase now for Mum to enjoy up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers that can be used from now until 1 June 2019. …

Auckland South/Waikato News – April 2018

Kia Ora All. It has been a busy and exciting month, with lots happening with Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week. I would like to formally acknowledge John and Mary-Ann Tahitahi for receiving an Excellence in Foster Care Award this year at Parliament.  This is well deserved and I am delighted you have been able to receive this huge …

Central North News – April 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week started the last month with a great focus.  I hope the events in your area went well.  “The Big Splash” at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua organised by Bay of Plenty Association was a fun filled day for all those who attended. Unlimited boat rides over and down the waterfall, …

East Coast News – April 2018

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone! Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week started the last month with a great focus.  I hope the events in your area went well. Hopefully we have seen the last of the cyclones.  The last two were thankfully not too severe, although I did see some damage on my way into Napier on the Taupo/Napier highway. …

Upper North News – April 2018

  After six months in this role I’m qualified to deliver five NCTP workshops so I’m almost half way through my training as a Regional Coordinator.  Thanks to all who have attended training and given such encouraging feedback.  I’m grateful for your engagement and patience as we’ve had a few technological glitches to manage!  In April, I am attending training …

Upper South News – April 2018

Kia Ora Whanau, We have had a busy few weeks in the Upper South with Foster Care Awareness Week and workshops. I haven’t forgotten the Marlborough region but time schedules have meant that I haven’t yet been able to get there. It has been encouraging to see carergivers increasingly engaging in support groups and we now have a venue and …

Canterbury News – April 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa/ Hello everyone Wow, I can’t believe we are a quarter of the way through the year already!   I had a wonderful time at my first Excellence in Foster Care awards on Friday 9 March at Parliament.  May I just add my congratulations to all ten amazing recipients of this year’s awards, it was wonderful to hear all …

Lower South News – April 2018

Kia Ora Everyone, A special big reminder to all that you are doing an extraordinary job looking after the children you have in your care. It is not always easy; please give yourself a huge hug and some special self-care. Remember as the flight attendant says – “put on your own oxygen mask first then that of your child”. If …

Auckland North News – April 2018

Tena koe to all. Firstly, I want to thank all the caregivers that made it to our Celebration Dinner during Foster Care Awareness week. I have included some photos of the night, where everyone’s feedback showed that they had lots of fun and really enjoyed themselves.  Huge thanks to all that donated prizes on the night….Z Energy, Snow Planet, Bunnings, …

Lower North News – April 2018

Kia ora everyone Wow, what a whirlwind of a month March was.  There were many opportunities around the region to join in on the ‘Children’s Day’ events and then celebrating during Foster Awareness Week.  The busy and fun week culminated with the national Excellence In Foster Care awards on 9 March at Parliament, Wellington.  Ten great caregivers across New Zealand …

North West News – April 2018

It’s been a busy month with a great way to start with Foster Care Awareness Week and regional trainings in full swing. A big ‘thank you’ to the caregivers who came along and supported Mana Williams’ visit to New Plymouth. On greeting Mana for the first time, I was struck by his mild but determined manner. Mana volunteered his time …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s April Korero

CEO’s Kōrero (conversation) … The ongoing question for us at Fostering Kids NZ is – are we doing the best for our members? As an organisation, we evolved from the ground up. In 1976, a group of caregivers came together to support each other and to have a collective voice. From small beginnings, we are now a national organisation, supporting …

Update to benefits

If you are receiving the Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit or Caregiver Allowance you can expect there to be two increases in upcoming months.  These increases will happen automatically.  From the 1 April 2018 there will be a CPI increase  and from 1 July 2018 there will be a further increase.  In total, the rates of Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s …