Lower North News – November 2017

Kia ora koutou

Wow, its November already, the year has flown by very fast.  It is great to have longer days and slightly warmer weather.

The feedback we had about our recent national conference at the end of September in Christchurch was very positive.  One of the learning goals was about building an understanding of seeing the child in our care beyond what they demonstrate and communicate to us at times, often negatively.  It was great to understand the current science around developmental trauma, (also known as complex), and how this effects the wiring of in a child/young person’s brain, thus lessening their capacity to trust.  The message that was reiterated to me was how as a foster parent, the most important and first thing to do is to regulate myself in challenging and stressful times.  Often it’s our default stance to become defensive in our parenting and in how we deal with those challenging situations.   I know I need to be mindful of this and practice self-regulation more and more as I’m the adult in this situation.

Thanks to those that contacted our national office team with your sympathy and thoughts regarding John Collett’s recent and tragic death.  We have compiled these and sent them onto John’s partner who has in turn presented them to his family back in the UK.  They were very moved by the thoughts of those that only knew John for such a short time.  John’s body was flown back to Manchester and his funeral was a couple of weeks ago.

Just a reminder of the Family Fun Days coming up in November and December around the region.  Please contact your Key Contact (details below) or us here at national office to let us know number of tickets you require. The pool party in Palmerston North is on 25 November.  The Masterton pool party is on 26 November.  Lower Hutt/Wellington Ten Pin bowling party is on 9 December and Wellington/Porirua Ten Pin bowling party is on 10 December.

If you need support or some advice please continue to contact Fostering Kids NZ (0800 693 323) and ask for me.

Me te whakaaro nui (with kind thoughts)
Stephanie James-Sadler

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


We are running The Importance of Play workshop for the first time in Lower Hutt on 28 November, places are still available. We are also running Understanding Maltreatment in Levin, 7 November and Porirua, 5 December. We’d love to see you at one of the training’s soon. To register please go to the training calendar.

Apprenticeships for the Care-Experienced

L’Oréal New Zealand and the New Zealand Hair & Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO) are offering ten scholarships for care experienced people within the beauty industry.

Each scholarship recipient will complete a Level 4 national qualification in barbering, beauty therapy, or hairdressing through a HITO apprenticeship.  The HITO Sales Training Advisors will support the scholarship recipients and their employers throughout their training.

To find out more and to apply click on this link.

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