Lower North News – July 2018

Kia ora everyone

I’m reminded of the old chant…”rain, rain, go away, come again another day”.  Boy, we’ve had our winter share of liquid falling from the sky already and we’ve got another couple of months to go!

Onto something more positive, 12 lucky caregivers from the wider Wellington region, including myself,  have just finished the ‘Foundations for Attachment’ course, parenting approach training. Following on from the four training days (over a period of a month) we are now getting together as a group, supporting our continued journey together in making this approach part of our daily practice as caregivers. Sally Moffatt and Rob Surtees have been instrumental in all of this.  It has and is a life transforming journey I believe for both us as caregivers and definitely for the children placed in our care.  Remember PACE.

Having the privilege of being a participant, getting to know other caregivers at this level, I am struck by the amazing commitment caregivers continually demonstrate to want to heal the effects of trauma in their children and also the willingness to examine and reframe how they ‘parent’ trauma affected children.  To those that choose to continue to journey together from here, Kia kaha, Kia maia, Kia manawanui (Be strong, Be steadfast, Be willing).

I know there are other courses potentially in the planning in our region.  You’ll hear about them through our mailouts.  Seriously think about being part of one.  It is life transforming!

New beginnings: I’d like to welcome Iona Wilson as our new Regional Coordinator for Lower North. Here is a message from her…

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

Kia ora everyone,

My name is Iona. I am really excited about coming on board to the team at Fostering Kids NZ, and being the Lower North Coordinator and Team Lead.

I have traveled all the way from the UK to join the team and landed on New Zealand soil only last week.

I come to the team with a background in social work – with lots of experience of working in partnership with caregivers and as a support. I believe that when a caregiver is supported the child has an opportunity to thrive.

I have also been running a community organisation that has joined home bakers with children in need. We gift wonderful birthday and celebration cakes to them when they may not otherwise get anything to celebrate their special days.

I have a few hobbies to keep me busy outside work, but my favorites are sugarcrafts, gardening and the newest of my hobbies is crochet.

I look forward to meeting you all in the Lower North area, training workshops and in supporting and working with you.

GOOD in the HOOD

A huge THANKS to Z – Hutt Road and to all of you, your friends and family that filled up at Z Hutt Road during the month of May and voted for us.  Check out our photo at the cheque presentation recently.  Every bit counts in supporting caregivers and therefore children placed in our care across our region.  Thanks again.


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.  Contact Iona (Lower North Regional Coordinator) to find out how we might be able to contribute towards the journey. iona.w@nullfosteringkids.org.nz or (04) 282 0437.


Our Term 3 workshops are now open for registrations. Check out our training calendar for the workshops in your area. You can register here or contact Christine 0800 100 849 for assistance.   Look forward to meeting you there!

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)


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