North West News – April 2017

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Foster Care Awareness Week celebrations were brilliant! The Brooklands Zoo event was a lovely afternoon, well attended by Taranaki caregivers including some who travelled up from South Taranaki. The weather was kind and the abundance of food included some pretty fantastic home baking from the CYF caregiver social work team!

The children were delighted to see ‘Queen Elsa’ (pictured) arrive in all her sparkle and glory and Daniel (OHF) and his team of youth provided fun for the children with games.

Caregiver members were pleased to receive L’Oreal products and there was also some Lego spot prizes. The joint agency effort brought a broad range of caregivers together to enjoy the day.

In Taumarunui, caregivers and CYF staff came together during the Teamwork workshop. We shared a relaxed day at the local Family Home with finger food lunch. A special thank you to Weno who contributed so much to the success of the day.


Nga mihi

Email Teena
06 281 1642
027 285 6015


Association Information

It was a great pleasure to meet Kylie McDonagh-Parker who has filled the role of Key Contact for the Taranaki Association. Kylie is going to be a real asset for caregivers in the area. Welcome Kylie!

Here’s a message from her:

Tēnᾱ koutou katoa, Ko Kylie tōku ingoa. Greetings to you all. My name is Kylie McDonagh-Parker. I am super excited to be joining Fostering Kids New Zealand in the role of Key Contact for New Plymouth.

My husband and I have been fostering in a variety of situations (emergency, transition and now in the process of Home for Life).

My long-held passion for foster care comes from family involvement both within my immediate and extended family, and I believe it is truly an honour and blessing to be able to provide a home (for however long it maybe) to some amazing children.

I am really keen to make connections with other caregivers and to help facilitate this for others also. Please feel free to contact me on 027 390 3738, or via email

South Taranaki Caregiver Association Key Contact: Heather Pryor (Stratford).  Available for peer support, queries and questions welcome. (Best after 3.30pm) Mobile: 0277777615.

Noeline Smith is from the Whanganui Association: her email is

Vacancy: Taranaki Caregiver Association New Plymouth (Voluntary): Kylie and Heather are still keen to connect with caregivers who are interested in working with them to build an active Caregiver Association in Taranaki. Fostering Kids NZ provides support and funding contributors for events and activities.

Contact Teena if you are interested or would like to know more on (0272856015).


We are currently working on our Term 2 training schedule. Make sure you keep an eye out for the schedule when it goes live here.

Dates for Diary

Coffee morning

CYF supports a New Plymouth coffee morning that runs at Chipmunks (9 Craig Place, Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth). It is every 2nd month on the 1st Tuesday of the month (excluding school holidays). The next get together is Tuesday, 4th April 2017. Contact Wendy on 0272470800 with any enquiries.

FANZ Autism programme in Taranaki

FANZ is a two-day introductory programme about autism that enables family/whanau/caregivers/educators/health professionals, and anyone involved with a child or adult with autism, to create a framework for understanding and supporting them.

Dates: 12-13 April 2017

Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm, both days

Venue: To be confirmed

Costs: Family/Whanau and Caregivers – $50. Professionals – $175

Registration:  Please download and complete a registration from the Autism NZ website ( and email to

Please contact us at Fostering Kids NZ if financial challenges make it hard for you to attend. We may be able to assist (Teena on 027 285 6015).

Regional Hui, June 2017 –  Whanganui

The focus of this Regional Hui will be on developing the strength of caregivers and the challenging issues of care. Petrol vouchers will be provided to assist with travel costs for New Plymouth and Taumarunui caregivers. Lunch provided, spot prizes.

More information in the May Snippets. 

GUMMIES (Grandparents caring for Grandchildren)

There are many of us in Taranaki who live with the pros and cons and the complex emotions of this journey. Recently, a few of us got together with the support of Teena Bennett from Fostering Kids NZ and we have decided to unite in a group we call ‘Gummies!’ Every six weeks we get together to provide support and information – including the Government entitlements too many are missing out on because of ignorance. It is good to talk and realise others have similar problems. Remember we are a village filled with years of experience and ‘pearls of wisdom’ that could be a treasure for someone in need. We welcome new people at our events – hope to see you at the next meeting.

United We Stand!  – Stella

Our next meeting: Wednesday 10th May 2017 – 1.00pm

Venue: Westside Grille, 41 Tukapa St, Westown, New Plymouth

Contact and queries to: Teena Bennett – Fostering Kids NZ – Phone or txt: 0272856015 (Mon to Wed between 9.00am & 3.00pm)

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