Lower South News – June 2017


Lower South Regional Coordinator Barbara McElligott 03 928 5122 or 027 501 0391

Kia ora everyone,

The Lower South had a very successful symposium on Calming Chaos earlier this month. I would like to say a huge thanks to all who supported and helped out on the day. To Judy Larkin, Nicola Atwool, Kay McKenzie and Andrea Greer-special thanks for giving so generously of your time and knowledge.

The caregivers who attended were talking about the 10:20:10 guide for making connections and engaging with our children and young people on a daily basis. That’s 10 minutes in the morning, 20 in the afternoon and again 10 minutes in the evening before bed time. Others were talking about the importance of connecting before correcting with plenty of empathy and validation of emotions and feelings.

Andrea talked about putting together a sensory box for your child and providing a quiet sensory corner where your child can regulate and calm themselves. An important point to the day was talk about co-regulation; where we first check that we are regulated before we assist our child to regulate. We can use rhythmic and sensory movement to regulate and calm. It was great to be reminded that behaviours are not naughtiness, manipulation or game playing but rather they are telling us what is really going on for the child.

I really enjoyed the engagement from all. So on behalf of the children and young people you have in your care, thanks for making the effort, and travelling the hours to attend to increase your knowledge.

Watch this space for next year’s Fostering Kids NZ Learning and Networking day.

Stay warm

Nga Mihi


Association News

These are groups to provide meaningful engagement, networking and support opportunities for anyone looking after a child who is biologically not their own. I have enjoyed travelling around the region meeting a lot of you through workshops, network morning teas and suppers, and joining with groups in activities. I know there are Mid-Christmas celebrations being planned and family gatherings organised.  If you have ideas for your local group, please feel free to pass them on to myself or your local Key Contacts. If you see a smaller interest group is needed please contact me.

I was with the Gore Foster Care Support Group helping to make stars for the ONE MILLION STARS TO END VIOLENCE PROJECT and thoroughly enjoyed the natter while we worked for this great cause. The aim is to have a million stars on display at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. One million stars to end violence is a love and peace filled community project created by an artist and weaver, Maryann Talia Pau. These beautiful eight pointed stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.

This project started in Brunswick Victoria in 2012, and has now grown into an international weaving movement with 500,000 stars being woven by communities in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe and the USA.

The Million Stars project is an opportunity for us to bring light and hope in the world and to make something beautiful and powerful together. It gives everyone a chance to contribute to the promotion of safety for all in the streets, in our homes and in our workplaces and schools.

Every woven star reminds us that we have to make peace and safe spaces and that it doesn’t just happen. Every star is a demonstration of commitment to resist violence and revenge, to believe in forgiveness and healing and to give symbolic representation that we do not support any sort of violence and abuse.

To reach the goal of one million woven stars, everyone everywhere is invited to participate. Visit the website link below to see how to make them or contact your nearest Women’s Refuge Centre. Send in your stars and help reach the goal of one million stars by July 2017.

Janice & Marilynne of Gore contributing their time for the project in the photos.

Visit the website through this link: http://www.onemillionstars.net/about


Dunedin Whanau Kin Support Group are meeting at the Te Hou Ora Whanau Services on the 9th June 17,  6pm onwards for a shared pot luck and get to know each other.  Children and young people are also welcome, there are basketball courts, so bring a ball.

Southland Foster Care Association – Save the evening of Sunday 2nd July 17 for the Mid-Winter Xmas dinner. Rose will be sending your invitation soon. Don’t miss this event, it was a great night last year.

Southland Foster Care Association AGM on 26th of  July 17 at Family Works in Invercargill. More details to follow.


I can never emphasise enough, the value of keeping up those unique skills needed for your caregiving role.

Term two training coming up soon:

6th & 7th of June 17       7pm-9.30pm             Legal Issues               Dunedin

Please register by following this link: https://fosteringkids.net/schedule/schedule.php.

I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

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