Lower North News – February 2020

Kia ora,

Welcome back to 2020. Wow, we’re already into February and over the next couple of weeks you’ll be trying to get the tamariki back into the routines of life, especially those that attend school or preschool.  I hope you managed to connect and spend some time with whanau / family over the Christmas and the holiday break. I also hope that if you didn’t managed to squeeze in some recharge time for yourself, that over the next couple of weeks you do so. 

Children’s Day

Sunday 1st March, we kick off the Foster Care Awareness week with Children’s Day.  This is a day to celebrate the importance of tamariki / children in our lives, our communities and in our society. Children’s Day reminds all of New Zealand how precious our tamariki are and how we all have a responsibility for them collectively.

Foster Care Awareness Week: 1st – 7th March 2020

The first week in March is a very important time in the care sector in New Zealand.  It’s a week to highlight the wonderful role you all play in our communities and society too! It a time through all the challenges, to say this role is so vital, important and lifesaving! 

Below are some events we’re a part of organising: 

Wellington Wide:
For those in the wider Wellington area, please save the date of 3 March 10am.  We’re opening our new office in Lower Hutt (Queensgate Tower – Level 4) for a welcome morning tea. We’d love to see lots of you if you can make it and our Regional Care Manager, Kerry Legget and some of her team will also be coming. We’ll also be extending the invite to the other care agencies. 

We are in the planning stages for Thursday 5 March (morning tea times).  Book in the date – more details to come.

Palmerston North:
We are also in the planning stages for Thursday 5 March.  More details coming soon. Book in the date. We’d love to see you there.

Excellence in Foster Care Awards: Friday 6th March 2020

To round out Foster Care Awareness Week, we will be celebrating the winners of the Excellence in Foster Care Awards! This year it will be held in Wellington. These amazing recipients will be announced closer to the date.

Thank you Head Start!

Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Head Start in Kilbirnie. Recently they connected with June Matthews of Foster Hope, who put it out on the care network that Head Start were opening one Sunday morning specially to offer free hair-cuts to children in care. We made a day of it and travelled into the big city so the kids could be pampered. THANKS HEAD START, you made all the kids day! They were so awesome with the kids, made them feel special and so generous with the appropriate product too! They felt blessed to serve our community in this way. They are keen to offer it again mid-year. Watch out, we’ll let you know the dates. 

One-off School Start Up Fund

School and year start up fund applications are open until the 28th February for those receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or the Orphans’ Benefit. Make sure you apply for this one-off grant of between $400 – $550 (depending on the child’s age). Click on button below to find out more.


Self-care is important at any time of the year. Often the transition back into the school term is a challenging time for us as our tamariki adapt back into routines. Their internal fears of new teachers, new classrooms, new friends and new expectations can create turmoil that is expressed through behaviour. Acceptance and empathetic environments are the most effective ways to a stress-free beginning to the school day. Parenting tamariki with special needs, developmental trauma and/ or challenging behaviour is undeniably stressful. If you get a chance to read our article, then please take it. If you don’t get a chance, try and create an opportunity to do so as sometimes we just have to stop, make a cuppa and do something for ourselves.


Our Term One training schedule is now live! We are very excited to introduce a new 3 hour Workshop Discussion Session – Understanding the National Care Standards. Click the button below to find out more and to register.

Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Fostering Kids NZ you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources. If you are not already a member search Fostering Kids NZ Lower North Support, and request to join the group. It’s easy and it’s free!

Click the link below to join!

Fostering Kids NZ Lower North Closed Facebook Page

Tiaki koe i a koe / take care of yourself



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