Lower North News – August 2018

Lower North RC
Iona Wilson
04 282 0437 or
027 501 0394

Kia ora everyone,

I do hope everyone had a good school break, and that you managed to make the most of some of the winter sunshine we have had between the rainfall and showers this past month.  I know I keep finding myself singing all the raindrop songs I learnt as a little girl, but then recently there have been some beautiful rainbows too and they never fail to remind me that sunshine is never too far away. With so many things seeming to cloud the positives in our lives, it can take something as simple as a rainbow, a bright umbrella in a shower, or a child enjoying splashing in the puddles, to warm the insides and bring a smile to our faces.

I have been busy getting to grips with everything in the office, and I am hoping to be coming out to meet as many caregivers as possible over the next couple of months at group meetings. I know I am looking forward to meeting you all and being part of a team working together to support New Zealand’s caregivers in such an important role in children’s lives.

Wellington Family & Fostercare group have just hosted a dinner for about 20 members in their group, as a way of saying “Thank you” to them for being caregivers. What a wonderful idea and I am sure a good time was had by all.  They also have a few dates booked in for meeting up over the next few months and I will be coming along to the next meeting. It is being held at the McCafe (McDonalds) on the High Street in Lower Hutt on Thursday 9 August at 10:30 am. Hope to see you there!

The Wairarapa Foster Care Group meet on the last Wednesday of the month.  This month they are having a ‘Soup and Bun’ evening, more details will follow later in the month.  I am looking forward to joining you for soup and a bun and meeting caregivers in the Wairarapa.

Don’t forget if you have a support group “something” happening in your area, please get in touch with me to let me know and I will see if I can come and join you.

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)



Wednesday October 24 – Lower North Regional Learning Hui


Fostering Kids NZ are extremely excited to host a day for caregivers and professionals in our region to learn together what’s coming up on the horizon of care in NZ, new ways for us as the adult in the care relationship, and, to create shared understandings of children affected by trauma.

We are privileged to bring to you:

Janet Smart, National Manager of Care (OT) – Keeping up to date

Rose Hawkins, Regional Disability Advisor (Auckland OT).  Sharing her working and practical knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – what we all need to know for children in our care.

Anna Baker, Occupational Therapist. Sensory processing and awareness related to trauma-affected children.   Anna brings her personal and professional paths together as a foster parent and specialist, sharing how we as the adults can learn new ways of understanding, moving from triggers to calming and regulation. This is a great knowledge for all the team around the child, home/school/health.

The Governance Board of Fostering Kids NZ will join us for a late lunch.  Stay and be a part of our annual general meeting or join our FASD-CAN national group in creating networks for our region – home/school/health.

Special thanks to the Hutt City Council for helping to fund this event for Lower Hutt residents.  Money raised from Z Hutt is also going towards this event.

We’d love to see caregivers from all over our region come and be a part of this day at Hutt City Baptist.  Registrations are opening soon.


Our Term 3 workshops are now open for registration. Please register to attend one of our workshops. Unfortunately, due to the teachers strike in a couple of weeks I have had to change the date of our Levin workshop to 22 August 2018. Please check out our training calendar for all the workshops in your area. You can register here or contact Christine 0800 100 849 for assistance. I am looking forward to meeting you there!


 Fostering Kids Lowernorth Closed Facebook Page


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