North West News – April 2018

North West RC
Teena Bennett
06 281 1642 or
027 285 6015

Mana Williams in New Plymouth

It’s been a busy month with a great way to start with Foster Care Awareness Week and regional trainings in full swing.

A big ‘thank you’ to the caregivers who came along and supported Mana Williams’ visit to New Plymouth. On greeting Mana for the first time, I was struck by his mild but determined manner. Mana volunteered his time to come and speak at our event and was then flying on to Auckland to attend an Oranga Tamariki Youth Advocacy forum and then back to university on Monday; such is his passion to speak on behalf of children in care.

I came away feeling encouraged that young adults such as Mana are going to be our future leaders. Mana shared his story with honesty and grace alongside some very considered and insightful views on what Government need to be doing to improve care for children and young people.


Whangai ka tupu ka puawai

That which is nurtured, blossoms then grow’s


Support Group Information:

Whanganui: It’s that time again and Wanganui Foster Care Group is off on another bus trip to the Wellington Zoo, on 21 April . The looks on the kids’ faces when they see the animals up close makes great memories for both them and their carer’s, so it’s off we go for a day of fun, I just know we are going to have a great day.


Taranaki: Kylie is currently busy on placement. Sounds like she’s having an amazing time. If people would like to get together, let me know and I can arrange a day and time.


Dates for Diary:

Do you care for a child with Autism?

‘asdconnex’ is a new and active support group now running in New Plymouth (child care provided). You can view the flyer for more details, here.




We know the huge significance of the early years and the way this defines our later success.

“The first 1000 days shape the rest of our lives.” – Nathan Wallis

Nathan has built up an international reputation as a lively and not to be missed, engaging speaker on the topic of brain development.

This presentation will explore the importance of the first 1000 days, how the brain works and how neuroscience can inform our day to day practice and interactions with others.

Wednesday 11 April

7.00pm doors open. Nathan will speak at 7.30pm

Puketapu school, Dillon Drive, Bell Block

(Gold coin donation at the door.)


Fostering Kids NZ Whanau Kin Carer

This coffee group meets once per term.

Next meet up: Wednesday 4 April, 1.00pm onwards

Westside Grill, 41 Tulapa Street, Westown, New Plymouth

Queries to Teena: 027 353 6015


Kin Raising Kin

Meet fortnightly on Tuesdays.

Next meet up: Tuesday 3 April, 9.30am – 11.00am

216 Devon Street West, Pukukura room

For more information or to notify the facilitator, please contact either: Clare: 021 113 67444 06 7567268 or SF Taranaki: 06 7579300


Children’s Event: COMIC BOOK DAY

Saturday 5 May, 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Puke Ariki, 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Join us for three hours of comics, cosplay, card-swap, Magic: The Gathering, face-painting and more. Recommended for ages eight and over.

Free Admission



Term 2 sees the introduction of the new workshop “The Importance of Play” in the Northwest region. Whanganui will be the first venue with Taumarunui and New Plymouth following suit later in the year.

“The workshop will discuss how early learning is the core of social relationships, creativity and innovation. It will look at different play experiences and how these contribute to a child’s development and potential.

Caregivers will have the opportunity to explore different tactile experiences so that they have a deeper understanding of the play experiences of the children in their care. This will help support the connection, relationship and build a secure base. Play is for all – from infants to toddlers, to young children, to adolescents, to adults… you are never too old to play!”

New Plymouth caregivers have another opportunity to attend the Safety & Prevention workshop which supports Caregivers to keep themselves and their families safe through the process of caregiving on 30 May.

The updated Understanding and Managing Behaviour workshop (understands and supports behaviour management) will be held in Hawera on 27 June.

I missed visiting Taumarunui in term 1 and look forward to catching up with caregivers at training on 13 June. There will also be a get together for caregivers organised. Details in the May Snippets!!

The Term Two training schedule will be open for registration early April.  You will receive an email link to the new calendar, once it has been released. Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.



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