North West News – August 2018

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

Kia ora Koutou

Well we really have hit the depths of winter, I hope everybody is taking special care to treat themselves kindly and find something that brings joy in the midst of these short, rainy, cold days!

Recently I did some reading on whangai care. One paper in particular by Karen Okeroa McRae and Linda Waimarie Nikora: Whangai: remembering, understanding and experiencing (2006) was a fascinating read which chronicled the history of whangai care in New Zealand.  “Whangai implies that the child is being nurtured in the fullest sense, including instruction, cultural and affection as well as food” (Bradley, 1997). I look forward to reading more.

The workshops that I am delivering this term are the newly written workshops that incorporate the latest research and practice around trauma informed care.  We are running Child Development in New Plymouth on 11 September and The Importance of Play in Taumarunui on 25 September.  Please register here for one of our workshops or contact Christine on 0800 100 849 if you require assistance. I look forward to meeting you there!

Please note: Due to my involvement with the “Foundations for Attachments” program that I am co-facilitating in New Plymouth throughout August, my days in the office will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for this month.

Nga mihi


Support Groups


Are you a Grandparent, Aunty, Uncle, Cousin or other relative caring for the children of another person in your whanau/family? Then please feel welcome to join this local New Plymouth Support Group.

This support group was initially started through Supporting Families and Tu Tama Wahine but is now running independently, facilitated by caregiver Diane Richardson with the support of Fostering Kids NZ. (Fostering Kids NZ Whanau/Kin group that previously met at West Grille Bar have merged).

The group meets fortnightly at: 216 Devon St West, ‘Pukekura Room’ (Pathways meeting room, beside Plunket, limited free parking) from 9.30am to 11.30am. Feel free to call in for a coffee and a chat.

The date for the next few meetings are; 7 & 21 August, 4 September.

Diane’s contact details are: or 0211851097

Support Group @Janine Volebregt,

4 September at 10.00am (first Tuesday of every second month)

We are 5 minutes North of Urenui. Our road is just past Mike’s Brewery and Cafe. We are the last house on the left at the sea end of the road. Morning tea, coffee and tea provided. 

I have suggested we do a clothing swap too. Kids mainly, but we can do woman’s clothing too if there is interest. 

Caregivers can bring lunch for themselves & little ones if you don’t need to rush away. The aim is to connect and support each other. I look forward to meeting new caregivers. 

My contact details are: 027 419 2898. LL 06) 752 3096

New Plymouth Oranga Tamariki Support Group

Runs bi-monthly – Next meeting: 7 August and 2 October.

Contact Wendy Bellringer for more information;




A FASD CAN (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder) Workshop is being held in Auckland on Saturday 25 August 2018: 9.00am–3.30pm (Albany, North Shore).  There are so few such events on, I thought some caregivers may wish to make the trip.


 Fostercare Northwest Support Closed Facebook Page


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