Upper North News – September 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all Isn’t it great to feel the days lengthening out and get warmer as we approach Spring?  Over the next couple of terms I will be delivering the new Legal Information for Caregivers Training module.  We know that Caregiving can be a complex journey filled with legal jargon, processes …

Upper North News – August 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/ Warm greetings to you all Regional Committee Events A big thanks to those who attended these recently, it was great to see you all. Special thanks to Molly Rapana and Karen Browne for accepting the challenge to help me with these Regional events. I’m hoping another one or two will join us on …

Upper North News – July 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa te Matariki nei-Te Tau Hou Māori/ Warm greetings to you all this Matariki-The Māori New Year, Regional Committee Events Caregiver Coffee Groups – “Making Connection”. Thanks to Molly, Deirdre, Karen and Dianah for helping me organise these for June. What a way to celebrate the Matariki – Māori New Year with good food …

Upper North News – June 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm Greetings to You All Regional Committee Events Caregiver Coffee Groups – “Making Connection” OUR SHOUT. Thanks to Molly, Deirdre, Karen and Dianah for helping me organise these for June. We just want to connect and let you know we’re planning some opportunities and events to help caregivers come together for the …

Upper North News – May 2019

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm Greetings to You All Regional Hui in March On March 27 at Barge Park, Whangārei we held the  ‘Making Connections: Helping Kids Heal’ Fostering Kids NZ regional hui. Thanks to all who attended and made the day worthwhile.  We all made connections with new people and new knowledge to help heal …

Upper North News – April 2019

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week March started with a shout out for the Tamariki  (Whangārei Children’s Day at the Pulse) and then a BBQ/Pizza night in Kaikohe in collaboration with the Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection team.  Kaikohe weather was perfect with only two helium balloons escaping the kids’ grasp. The …

Upper North News – March 2019

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone Children’s Day and Regional Hui in March You may have noticed that the training calendar is a bit empty….that’s because I’m putting all my energy into helping organise some amazing events, one for the community in Whangārei (Children’s Day at the Pulse) and the other is our regional Hui on March 27 at …

Upper North News – February 2019

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone  Ngā mihi mo te Tau Hou / New Year’s greetings Whānau Fun Days Thanks to Mary, Molly, Susan, Joelene, Oti, Huia and Whānau for your generosity! You gave us your precious time a most valuable resource in our day and age.  Huge Thanks to Oti and Joelene for gifting the use of your amazing …

Upper North News – December 2018

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone What a year it’s been! I’m looking forward to a bit of rest over the Christmas break. I’ve embarked on a lot of learning – the National Caregiver Training material and attending Te Wānanga O Aotearoa Manaaki Tāngata / Certificate in Bicultural Services Course.  Both of these journeys have enhanced each other and …

Upper North News – November 2018

Tēna Koutou katoa (Geetings to everyone) September and October have been interesting months looking for office spaces in Whangārei central. It’s exciting as this will be a space for you all to pop in.  I’ll keep you posted. I’ve held two successful discussion sessions (2 hours) which are new for me.  Whangārei had the Keeping Memories (Life story books and …

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 …

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 …

Upper North News – August 2018

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa (Be well everyone) Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou (Warm greeting to you all) July was a quiet month for me and included a week of annual leave, so I painted a roof. Yes, painting in July (we needed to prepare for solar panels installation). Well that never happened, as we discovered a quarter of the …

Upper North News – July 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa nga kaitiaki a Tamariki Mokopuna (Warm greetings to all you Carers of Tamariki Mokopuna) June has been another busy month for me as my team members and I have supported training delivery in the Auckland North region whilst a new colleague was appointed. I have such a supportive team and really enjoyed working …

Upper North News – June 2018

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa nga kaitiaki a Tamariki Mokopuna (Warm greetings to all you Carers of Tamariki Mokopuna) May has been all about play, play and more play.  The two Importance of Play workshops I’ve facilitated since last Snippets were received with enthusiasm by all participants. The P(Playfulness) A(Acceptance) C(Curiosity) E(Empathy) approach makes a lot of sense …

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 …