North West News – August 2017

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

Kia ora Koutou

In this month’s Snippets I want to promote the value of ‘Life Story Books’ and encourage you to attend Kylie McDonagh-Parker’s (Taranaki’s Caregiver Association Key Contact) workshop on 26 August in New Plymouth.

Do you collect and keep a record of school, personal and family keepsakes, dates and significant happenings in the life of your child in care? If so then you have the beginnings of a Life Story Book.

Life story work is regarded as a therapeutic tool that “assists children in care to connect with their past life through discussions and the gathering of information so they can go forward into the future with this knowledge.”

In practice, Life Story Books take the form of narrated and/or pictorial books such as a scrapbook. Social workers can be helpful in assisting with information for Life Story Books through approaching biological parents in regard to details of the children’s births, early life and photos or even stories and observations of when they first met the child. It’s amazing how easily these types of details can get lost. Life Story Books can assist the child to understand their journey into care, the people and events that have been part of their life and crucially can assist the child to build their sense of identity and belonging.

Caregivers are encouraged to record and keep memento’s even for children in respite and short term care to pass on to permanent caregivers. Alternatively, they can be passed on to the child’s social worker for storage on the child’s file.

Start thinking now about gathering some of the information you might like to include in a Life Story Book and join us on the 26 August.  For more information on this workshop please view the flyer (click here) or contact Kylie for more information.


We now have a new date and venue for this much awaited Hui.  The Hui will be held on Tuesday 14th November 2017, in New Plymouth. Please put a circle on the calendar for this exciting event that will focus on the challenges foster caregivers experience both personally and with children in their care. All details and registration information will be advertised in the September Snippets.

Ka Kite

Associations/Network/Support Groups

Taranaki Caregiver Association
Key Contacts: Heather Pryor (Stratford) Available for peer support, queries and questions welcome. (Best after 3.30pm) Mobile: 027 777 7615
Kylie McDonagh-Parkes, New Plymouth – 027 390 3738.

Whanganui Foster Care Association
Key Contact: Noeline Smith – email

 Waste Free Parenting Workshops – with Kate Meads

Whanganui Thursday, 24 August 2017 at 6:30pm – 9:00pm St Pauls Church Lounge,

112 Guyton Street, Whanganui

New Plymouth Tuesday, 3 October 2017 at 6:00pm and

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 from 10:00am

New Plymouth Parents Centre House,

52 Buller Street, New Plymouth

This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimize waste at home. You get a free $120 goodie bag with each ticket, bursting with waste minimisation products.  (Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop starts).

Dr Julie Bhosale; Starting Solids Tour 2017

Dr. Julie Bhosale is an internationally-renowned family wellbeing and nutrition expert, author, and speaker and her popular National Starting Solids Tour – with her new book ‘The Nourished Baby’ – is a must.

When: Saturday 25 November 2017, 9:00am–11:00am 

Where: New Plymouth Sports fishing & Underwater Club, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth, Taranaki

All ages welcome. Ticket Information:

  • General Ticket: $25.00
  • Double Ticket: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply. Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

Tick for Kids Children’s Election Forum

Tick for Kids is a coalition of organisations and individuals interested in child wellbeing. They are inviting interested parties to a cross-party election forum hosted by Bryan Bruce on 3 August in New Plymouth at 7pm. See the attached flyer for more details.


The calendar for Term three is now on our website, please click the link for upcoming dates, locations and to register. I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

  • What do you know about Maltreatment in New Zealand?
  • What are the effects of family violence on children in care?
  • Would you like to learn ways to break the cycle and help support and heal the child or young person that has experienced trauma?

To find out about these and more come along to a training near you. Here is the Link to our training calendar.

Te Rito Training

There was an outstanding response to our recent advertisement of the Te Rito Bicultural Competency E-Learning Modules. If you registered for this, by now you should have received your access to begin this training. If you haven’t received anything, please contact Christine at

We are aware a few people have been experiencing problems with their access or it not saying they have completed the modules. The training organisation, is looking into this and hopes to have it rectified soon. If you continue to experience issues, please contact us so we can pass on your details.

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