North West News – August 2019

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

Kia ora,

It’s finally starting to sink in (as I start preparing this newsletter) that a long-planned event in my own life is getting very close. In the third week of August I head overseas for an extended period, returning late October. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to take some time out from the busyness of daily life.

If you need support for any reason or have a query during my absence, please call 0800 693 323 and ask for ‘Northwest’ caregiver support and you will be put through to someone you can talk to, either Stephanie, National Manager Training & Support or Iona, Lower North Regional Coordinator.

Support groups will continue as usual; Janine and Diane are the contacts for their groups. There are two other important dates this month regarding new support group activities. (Please see below).

I had the pleasure of meeting local fundraisers, Emma Eager and Neve Hudson who are year 7 pupils at Oakura Primary School. They decided after hearing about children in foster care from Emma’s Grandmother, they would hold a ‘Pyjama Day’ at school. Along with a donation from ‘Nana’, they raised $500.00 and presented me with a large box of pyjama’s (sized 3 – 14 years), and some children’s books they had purchased. It was great to meet two young people so interested in the needs of other children. Please text or email me if you’d like a book or PJ’s.

Fostering Kids NZ National Conference

Our conference is coming up on 16 and 17 OCTOBER!! We will have an exciting range of National and International speakers running keynote and workshop sessions. We are also pleased to be hosting this year’s Excellence in Foster Care Awards. Go to our website for more information and to register at early bird rates. 😊 😊 😊 Click here to register.

Regional Committee

It is with sadness I’ve received Kylie McDonagh-Parker’s resignation from the Northwest Regional Committee. Kylie and I connected very early on in my role as Regional Co-ordinator and her enthusiasm and knowledge was appreciated and valued by me. Thank you for your contribution Kylie and I’m sure we all wish you well in your social work career. Your understanding of foster care will be a great asset to your practice.

Each region within Fostering Kids NZ is establishing a Regional Committee.  This is a voluntary role with up to four members. My goal is that we have caregivers representing Whanganui, New Plymouth and Taumarunui wide areas as members. The Committee focuses on how to engage caregivers, event planning, etc. They meet as agreed by the members which is generally at least once a term, sometimes twice. You will need to have access to the internet as we’ll be having our virtual meetings. There may be some more involvement leading up to a large event. Please contact me if you’re interested in the role and I’ll send you an application form. As I’m away, there will be no meeting until the fourth term.

For more details on this and setting up a connection group click on the following link:

Dates For Your Dairy

New! Whanganui Caregivers – Support group hui

Following the Whanganui Caregiver event in June there was interest in starting a new support group in Whanganui. Please come along and share your ideas and learn how other support groups run around Aotearoa.

  • When: Tuesday 6 August.
  • Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Where: Whanganui, 285 Wicksteed Street, The Baptist Church, The Foyer

New! PACE Support Group

A welcoming environment that explores therapeutic parenting and its use in supporting the specific needs and behaviours of children who have experienced trauma. Can therapeutic parenting strengthen my current parenting approach and make a positive difference for myself and my child in care? Come and join the discussion and the shared experience of other caregivers.

  • When: Tuesday 13 August
  • Time: 1.00pm – 2.45pm
  • Where: New Plymouth, 186A Tukapa Street, Barnardo meeting room

Urenui Support Group @ Janine’s

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.

  • Next meeting: Tuesday 3 September
  • Where: 153 Waitoetoe Rd, Urenui
  • Contact Janine: Mobile 027 419 2898. Land line 752 3096.

Kin Raising Kin

If you’re caring for the child or children of another family member, please feel welcome to join in the upcoming support meetings.

  • Meetings: 13 and 20 August
  • Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Where: New Plymouth, 216 Devon St West, ‘Pukekura Room’

Contact Diane: or 0211851097

Ka Kite! (See you soon)


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