Upper North News – May 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all) On 4 April I facilitated the Identity and Belonging workshop in Whangarei. The learning from the workshop emphasised the level of grief and loss felt by the three main parties in the care situation and all participants agreed this process is not easy on anyone. We had a …

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 North News – March 2018

  Warm Greetings to you all in the Fostering Kids NZ, Upper North Region. It’s been a wet and wild February, not to mention wera (Hot!).  I got caught in the flooding on 13 February when I was returning to Whangarei from my Kaitaia workshop.  I’ve never seen this much flooding in my lifetime in the North, but I guess …

Upper North News – February 2018

Happy New Year Everyone The Carer Families workshop is happening on 13 February, 9.30am – 2.30pm in Kaitaia. Would love to see you there. This is an interesting and reflective workshop that looks at the personal attributes and skills you have as a caregiver and the impact on the rest of the family. We will explore the sometimes complex effects …

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 …

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 …

Upper North News – October 2017

Self-Harm & Suicidal Behaviours We are pleased to advise the Self-Harm & Suicidal Behaviours workshop has been updated and is being held in Whangarei next term on Thursday 16th November 17, from 9.30am -2.30pm. There are limited places available for caregivers to attend, so please register early to ensure you get a place. Registration is essential, as there is an …

Upper North News – September 2017

Kia ora Koutou We said farewell to Judi Oliver a couple of weeks ago.  Fostering Kids NZ wants to acknowledge all the work, positive relationships and connections that Judi formed in her time as Regional Coordinator.  We wish her all the best for her future endeavours and journey. Judi will still be delivering our National Caregiver Training Programme over the …

Upper North News – August 2017

Kia ora all It is with very mixed feelings that I let you know that I am leaving the position of Regional Coordinator for Fostering Kids NZ to take up more hours working for Jigsaw North in Whangarei as a Child & Family Therapist. I will still be running some training sessions for Fostering Kids NZ, so I hope to …

Upper North News – July 2017

”Love is a constant process of Tuning in, Connecting,  Missing and Misreading cues, Disconnecting, Repairing and Finding deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again. Minute to minute and day to day.”   Dr Sue Johnson. Winter is upon us and I hope you and yours are well and warm. I understand that it …

Upper North News – June 2017

Hi everyone, I hope you are keeping warm and cosy and enjoying the time reading or watching DVDs in our cooler three months.  I am compiling a list of DVD’s and books that are interesting and relevant to foster carers and children/young people in care. If you know of some titles please email me and I will put them on …

Upper North News – May 2017

Hi everyone I hope you had a fabulous Easter break and are not too exhausted now that the children are heading back to school for Term Two. To My Foster Parents with Love I came into your lives a lost and lonely child, Full of anger and resentment, Overwhelmed with fear and confusion. Yet you took me into your home, …

Upper North News – April 2017

Hi everyone, Whew! March has been a busy month but great. We had a great Children’s Day event here in Whangarei to kick off Foster Care Awareness Week. As April begins, it will be interesting to see what changes happen with the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki mahi this month. If you have questions, please contact myself or …

Upper North News – March 2017

Message from Judi Tēnā koutou March is special as it holds Foster Care Awareness Week – and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers at the Foster Care Excellence Awards in Wellington on March 10th. Many events around the country will be held during this week 5th – 11th March to help raise awareness of the great and important role …

Upper North News – Feb 2017

Message from Judi Over the break, I had a lovely time with my family, camping and catching up, and it was fantastic to have some time together. I hope you’re all rested and refreshed and ready for the busy year ahead of us. In the Upper North we have had some lovely weather, although we could do with some decent …

Upper North Update Dec 16/Jan 17

Kai ora all, Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Family Fun Days recently at the pools in Kawakawa and Whangarei. We had record attendance numbers at both events and everyone seemed to have a great day out. What a busy year we’ve had, starting with our FASD day and then so many training sessions throughout the year. …