Lower North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou Merry Christmas everyone As the year begins to wrap up we’ve been blessed with such wonderful weather – good to see Summer is here and it seems like its early this year with temperatures well above normal.  Its been a huge year on many fronts.  Child, Youth and Family have begun their programme of change with the …

North West News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora Koutou Taking all these stories into consideration shaped my approach to the content of the Northwest Regional Hui held on 14 November 2017.  I felt it was important that caregivers had the opportunity to hear about changes impacting the care sector and Oranga Tamariki caregivers, first hand.  I was thrilled when Site Manager, Frances Farmer, took a personal interest …

East Coast News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whānau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle.  Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  I …

Central North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou It’s great to be back in beautiful Aotearoa after a month in The Netherlands visiting my whanau.  The Dutch sure are well organised with a population four times ours in an eighth of the space! They do it well, but I do appreciate our more laid back lifestyle. Summer is here and Christmas just around the corner.  …

Auckland North News – December 2017/January 2018

Wishing you all a very Festive Season and I hope the school holidays are filled with fun, laughter and love.  This is our last “Snippets” for the year and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of you at trainings, support groups and events throughout the year. Thank you to YMCA for the opportunity for three of our carer families to …

Upper North News – December 2017/January 2018

Kia ora koutou ki te Tai Tokerau Whanau o nga matua whaangai I’ve enjoyed my first two months in the Regional Coordinator role. I caught up with the Whangarei Association members on 30 November and I’m looking forward to meeting more of you as the months roll by. I’ve attended two workshops in a support role, and appreciated the learning and relationship …

Will Santa Find Me?

Now that the countdown to Christmas Day has started, what is on your mind?  Are you planning your Christmas day menu?  Thinking about the colour theme for your tree?  Wondering about what the perfect gift would be for those closest to you?  For most, even though Christmas is a hectic time, on the day it is beautiful and filled with …

The Importance of Play – Training workshop

Play is one of the most important learning tasks that children engage in during the early years. That is why Fostering Kids NZ has created a new workshop for caregivers called “The Importance of Play”.  The workshop will discuss how early learning is the core of social relationships, creativity and innovation. It will look at different play experiences and how these …

From The CEO’S Desk: Linda’s November Message to You

Tēnā koutou katoa As I am sure you are aware, we now have a new government consisting of Labour, NZ First and the Greens.  We are very hopeful that our children in care will be at the forefront of policy and decisions so that they have positive and productive futures. Tracey Martin is now the Minister for Children and I …

Upper South News – November 2017

Kia Ora Koutou, Here we are in Term 4 already! I have returned from both national conference and a week of training in Wellington full of admiration for the wonderful commitment and work that you do as caregivers in our region. We had a record number of Upper South participants at national conference and I know that they were encouraged …

Nominations close on Friday – Excellence in Foster Care Awards

Do you know a caregiver or caregiver couple who go the extra mile to provide care, support and encouragement to the children that are or have been in their care? Nominations are now open for the 2018 Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Fostering Kids NZ has been recognising the extraordinary work that caregivers do by celebrating the Excellence in Foster Care awards annually since …

Fostering Kids NZ Events for All

At Fostering Kids NZ we have a wonderful programme of events which celebrate caregivers and provide excitement for the children in your care. March starts with Children’s Day on Sunday the 4th.  Throughout the country our Regional Coordinators and your Key Contacts will be organising fun events for you to enjoy with your family.  Many of these events are community …

Upper North News – November 2017

Tena koutou Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa Ko Leanne Brownie ahau No Whangarei Warm greetings to you all.  I’m your newly appointed Upper North Regional Coordinator (RC) for Fostering Kids NZ.  I whakapapa into Ngapuhi and Ngati Pukenga on my mother’s side (she grew up in Whakapara) and Scots/Irish roots on my father’s side (he grew up in …

Auckland North News – November 2017

Tēnā koutou Our recent National Conference was amazing. I have had great feedback from those that attended about feeling so empowered by the knowledge shared. Highlight for me was definitely the speakers from the USA. Here are some photos from the Conference Masquerade Dinner.        Also our wonderful Pamper Day run by Feeling Fab was a blast.  The …

Central North News – November 2017

Wow, its November already, the year has flown by very fast.  It is great to have longer days and slightly warmer weather. The feedback we had about our recent national conference at the end of September in Christchurch was very positive.  One of the learning goals was about building an understanding of seeing the child in our care beyond what …

East Coast News – November 2017

Wow, its November already, the year has flown by very fast.  It is great to have longer days and slightly warmer weather. The feedback we had about our recent national conference at the end of September in Christchurch was very positive.  One of the learning goals was about building an understanding of seeing the child in our care beyond what …

North West News – November 2017

Wow, its November already, the year has flown by very fast.  It is great to have longer days and slightly warmer weather. The feedback we had about our recent national conference at the end of September in Christchurch was very positive.  One of the learning goals was about building an understanding of seeing the child in our care beyond what …

Lower North News – November 2017

Kia ora koutou Wow, its November already, the year has flown by very fast.  It is great to have longer days and slightly warmer weather. The feedback we had about our recent national conference at the end of September in Christchurch was very positive.  One of the learning goals was about building an understanding of seeing the child in our …

Canterbury News – November 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa As I write this, I’m looking outside my office window at the sunny weather that is starting to descend upon us more and more as we head into summer.  I hope you are all well and the last of the winter bugs are nearly over. Wow, my first conference was wonderful and it was lovely to see …