Lower North News – May 2018

Kia ora everyone

By now the school holidays are over.  Well done you if you survived it!  Planning holiday programmes or days to fill while our lovely ones are at home is a balancing act. Take a moment for yourself over these first days of settling back into school term routines.

There is a great book I’m reading at the moment.. “Inside I’m Hurting” (Louise M Bomber).  Its focus is on children with attachment difficulties in schools (from a UK perspective). It reminds me of the important role we as caregivers can have… “I strongly believe that deep down in every child, however invisible, hostile or rejecting they may seem, is a deep longing to be seen, known and truly understood”.  Go well in helping those in our care discover this.

Thanks for all your feedback about getting new training material.  We’re excited to be finally releasing “The Importance of Play’ workshop in term two.  We’ll be delivering this to the Palmerston North area on 14 May.  Other areas will have a chance to do this workshop in term three.

Over the last six months we have been working with Oranga Tamariki to rewrite and update the three core National Caregiver Training Programme modules.  Child Development, Understanding & Supporting Behaviour and Building Secure Attachments.  As well as being updated, the content has a therapeutic parenting and trauma informed lens over it.  Great stuff!  We will be delivering these over our region over the next wee while.  Please check the training calendar for the dates in your area: Training Schedule We’d love to see you there.

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One day Hui/Conference – Lower North Region

We are in the planning stages of Lower North Regional conference Day either 24 or 25 October.  We’d love to see as many caregivers and those involved in the care sector come along.  We will email you more information when we’ve confirmed the speakers and venue.

Kia kaha, kia manawa nui (take care and stay strong)


Support Group News

Wellington Association – FISH & CHIPS and Presentation Evening: 5 May, 63 Miramar Avenue (The Salvation Army), Miramar  

BYO your family’s Fish & Chip dinner (list of local ones can be sent).  Come along to see a presentation where you’ll learn about the new therapeutic way of raising children in care.  It is life changing!

The children will be looked after and it’s a fun way to meet people.  RSVP by 3 May to Coral Whitson, Ph 9704806 or email whitson1946@nullgmail.com


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 | whitson1946@nullgmail.com


Registrations for term two are now open and are filling fast! Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the workshops offered. You can book online here or call Christine 0800 100 849 if you have any queries.

Good in the Hood

Shop at the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for Fostering Kids NZ.

GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four neighbourhood groups. Customers vote for their chosen neighbourhood group and the funds are divided between the groups depending on the percentage of votes they receive.

Every purchase you make – not just petrol – gives you a chance to vote.

  • Z Hutt Road

Please spread the word to get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community too. Thank you for your support.

 Fostering Kids Lowernorth Closed Facebook Page


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