Lower North News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

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

Hands up who ate way too many chocolate eggs last month…. I know I did, but they were really, really good and so, so yummy!

I also had my first ever birthday in New Zealand in April.  It was lovely experiencing an autumn birthday with all the pink and gold sunsets, clear starry sky’s and fluffy clouds cuddling the Tararua Ranges whilst sitting in my garden at home as the autumn leaves fell around.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12 May and what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from those around you. Valuing yourself is a gift too.  I think this little picture captures what parenting children in our care develops in you

Support Groups

Horowhenua support group is meeting on Wednesday 1 May at 12pm.

Why not bring your lunch and join us in the Lounge at St Mary’s Church, Levin?  It would be good to see as many people there as possible, and we will openly make visitors feel very welcome. Please feel free to drop in on the day, it would be good to see you.

The Manawatu group AGM is on Friday 10 May at 11.00am. At the time of writing this, the venue is still to be confirmed. However, please contact Judy on 0277583624 (or myself) to find out more.

We have also had a new support group form called the “Kapiti Evening Support Group”. As you may be able to guess it will be a group that will get together on an evening and I know they are keen to encourage new members to join. If you would like to know more then please do get in touch with me.


We have organised and planned this terms training to try and reach as many people as possible in the area.

This month I start out in Lower Hutt on Wednesday 8 May for a 2-hour discussion session, covering “Windows of Opportunity”.

I will then be heading out to Dannevirke on Wednesday 22 May to deliver a full day’s training on “Building Secure Attachments”. This is a great day’s training exploring different attachment types and support to create an environment where tamariki can heal and thrive. It also includes a 2 hour follow up session on Wednesday 19 June.

The following day (Thursday 23r May) I will be in Masterton for another 2 hour discussion session. This time I will be bringing “Keeping Memories” as the topic in the early evening.

Johnsonville will see me for a full day of “Child Development” on Tuesday 28 May. Where we will be able to explore and learn about the effects of trauma on brain development. The follow up session will be for 2 hours on Wednesday 19 June and is a great opportunity to come back together to revisit and share.

I do hope to see lots of you there, our trainings are a great way to gain up to date knowledge as well as an opportunity to meet others and make new friends. Use this link to view our schedule, to find out more, and don’t forget to sign up on this page to attend too!

Don’t forget you can contact me via email at: iona.wilson@nullfosteringkids.org.nz or call/text me on 027 501 0394. We also have a Private Facebook Group too, which you can join!

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)


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