Lower North News – March 2018


Kia ora all

This month kicks off with a really important focus… You!

It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018).  Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in your area.

Fostercare Awareness week then follows.  This is a week to highlight and appreciate all of you; the wonderful caregivers; Whether you provide emergency, interim, transitional, permanent, whanau / kin care, or  family home care. We want to celebrate and be thankful for all the work that you do.

You change lives when you provide a loving secure base for children and young people.  This creates positive attachment and connections.  Your acceptance of who they are, empathising with their hurts allows them a place where healing can start.  Lives can be changed!

“Here’s to you…..THANKS”


Contact your local Key people for your local information about Children’s Day and Fostercare Awareness week.

Key Contacts for Lower North

Tararua Foster Carers | Rae Dassler | 06 374 8849 | raedass55@nullxtra.co.nz

Manawatu Foster Care Association Inc. | Judith Williams | 06 323 5013 | judithwilliamsnz@nullgmail.com

Kapiti Foster Care Support Group | Ginny Higgins | 04 293 3826  gmhigg@nullxtra.co.nz

Wairarapa Foster Care Association | David Mullany | 06 379-9343 | mullany23@nullgmail.com

Porirua Unique Foster Carers | Fiona Juchnowicz | 04 232 2512 | fiona@nulltrito.co.nz

Wellington Family and Fostercare Association | Coral Whitson | 04 970 4806 | whitson@nullparadise.net.nz


Kia pai to koutou ra



Term One workshops are still open for registration, so please register online here. This term in the region, we have Carer Families in Palmerston North on 13 March, Safety & Prevention in Levin on 22 March as well as Identity & Belonging in Johnsonville on 12 April. There are still some places available on all of these workshops, but please register early to ensure you get a place. We’d love to see you at one of the workshops.

Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.



Share this Post