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 …

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 …

Upper South News – September 2019

Kia ora Koutou, I want to start by acknowledging your patience with regards to the training calendar this term. Oranga Tamariki are doing lots of work updating the workshops with all the new legislative changes that happened on 1 July 2019. It’s great that the new material will be current information to carry out our roles as caregivers going forward! …

Upper South News – August 2019

Kia ora Te Whanau, Another month goes by and school holidays are now behind us. I hope they all went well! No doubt several of you would have had calls over the holidays to place children in your care and it is a sobering thought to know that our tamariki don’t always have the holidays to look forward to. So, …

Upper South News – July 2019

Kia ora koutou, Wishing you all warm greetings as the frost and winter winds are biting outside! As this issue comes to you there will already be a number of you affected by viruses and winter illness. I hope you have managed to keep these at bay, but if like me you have been caught short by the unavailability of the …

Upper South News – June 2019

Tēnā koutou te whanau. Half way through the year already and hasn’t it been so busy! Our lovely Regional Committee member in Westport, Bev Bade not only runs the regular Support Group in Westport but has now started up a regular play date for families who are caregivers. The inaugural event was a huge success with Bev saying that “ …

Upper South News – May 2019

Kia Ora Koutou to our Upper South Whanau, It’s that time again when daylight savings has ended and its time to check smoke alarm batteries, heater filters and electric blankets before the cold months arrive. Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12 May and what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts …

Upper South News – April 2019

Kia Ora Koutou to our Upper South Whanau, I would like to start by saying thank you to all that were able to make it to the morning teas held in the region over Foster Care Awareness Week. We can never put into words how amazing you all are and acknowledge that this is not always an easy road that …

Upper South News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone! The advantage of a new year is that we are able to take stock of ourselves and reflect on our practice (what we do in parenting our children in care).  What am I doing that is working?  Why is it working?  What am I struggling with?  Why am I struggling?  What do I need?  What can …

Upper South News – February 2019

Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou It’s February already!  I hope you all managed to get some sort of a break over the Christmas period, I know it can be a bag of mixed blessings, lovely to spend time with our whanau/families, pace of life is slower but filling school holiday days can be rather challenging!  These next couple …

Upper South News – December 2018

Mere Kirihimete (Merry Christmas) from the Upper South. Here we are yet again at the end of another busy year, organising end of year activities with school holidays fast approaching. We had some great turnouts for our Family Fun days with the movies on the West Coast and the pool event in Nelson and Blenheim. It has been lovely to …

Upper South News – November 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warrm greetings to you all) As the temperature starts to warm up and Labour weekend is behind us, it’s a reminder that the busy season is upon us. We start it off with the Family Fun Days on the West Coast with the movie days in Westport and Greymouth, followed by the pool …

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 …

Upper South News – September 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) So how did we get to September already?? The good thing is that our Regional Hui, get together, symposium (whichever word you prefer) is now on our doorstep. I am looking forward to spending a day just being together with people who understand how rewarding, but how hard …

Upper South News – August 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) I look out of my office today at the snow-capped hills around Nelson city. It seems that we are about to get the full blast of winter over the next few weeks. I have delivered the first Importance of Play workshop in our region this term.  The P(Playfulness) A(Acceptance) …

Upper South News – July 2018

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) Last month I delivered one of the new revamped workshops, Understanding and Supporting Behaviour, in Blenheim.  There was an encouraging number of participants and good feedback to the inclusion of what it means to be a therapeutic (safe & secure) caregiver. Thank you to those who have committed …

Upper South News – June 2018

Welcome to the Upper South news for June! 6 months into the year already and things don’t seem to be slowing down. We were lucky to have VOYCE – Whakaronga Mai come to Nelson in the school holidays and offer our Caregiving families a fabulous day at ProKarts. It was a huge amount of fun and I think we were …

Upper South News – May 2018

Kia Ora, Another season has come to a close and we bid farewell to Daylight Savings until later in the year. I hope everyone has checked their smoke alarms and cleaned the filters in heatpumps ready for the cooler months. It was a sharp introduction to Autumn temperatures! Thank you to all who attended the Fostercare Awareness Week get togethers …

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 …

Upper South News – March 2018

Kia Ora Whanau, As I write this from home, due to IT glitches and emergency planning warnings due to Cyclone Gita, I find myself looking around and wondering what I have missed in preparation for a possible emergency. I (or more accurately, my hubby) has tied the BBQ and outdoor furniture to the balcony balustrade, the rather large and awkward …