North West News – December 2018

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

Kia ora Koutou

2018 continues to be busy right up till Christmas this year which includes more training for me on PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy) and Therapeutic Parenting. I also have a brief but special time in Wellington spending time with the Regional Coordinators and National Office staff. In general, the year has been full with new trainings, travel, new learning, new staff and friends leaving. Through-out the year I’ve continued to experience a sense of purposefulness in my work and to value the work Fostering Kids NZ undertake.

I’m thankful that I’m in a unique position where I get to meet a wide variety of caregivers and hear their stories and experiences from around our region.  I often find myself pondering (especially when I’m on the road) what is in the heart of caregivers that they choose to do what they do, who put their hands up and say we will care for these children.

I hope that you, each caregiver in our Northwest region, looks back on your year and can see beyond the struggles and recognise that you are not ‘just’ caring for children but you are truly at the cutting edge of serving your community. Thank you for your courage and determination! I wish you rest and joy during the Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing some of you at Jim and Janine Vollebregt’s home on Sunday 13 January for a Caregiver family day …. Pray for fine weather! (Please see the Flyer below).

The Christmas close down period for Fostering Kids NZ is Saturday 22 December, 2018 to Monday 14 January, 2019. During this time, our main line will not be manned. If your situation is critical, please call our critical support line 0800 693 278. If your situation is urgent, please call the 24/7 caregiver help line 0508 227 377.

May you all have a wonderful holiday,

Merry Christmas Mere Kirihimete


Support Groups

New Plymouth Central Support Group

“Season’s Greetings to you all, wishing everybody an enjoyable time of celebration with those you love over the holiday period. Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year”

Kylie McDonagh Parker

Whanganui Support Group

I (Teena) and Fostering Kids NZ wish to acknowledge the passing of Brian Smith. Brian and Noeline have provided care for many children over the years and Brian supported Noeline in her long term role with the Whanganui Fostercare Association.  Take Care Noeline, you are in our thoughts at this time.

I know there are other support groups forming across our region.  More information in our February Snippets.


Thanks to all those that have attended, participated, shared your knowledge with others and have learnt some new things this year in the caregiver training we have provided over the region.  It’s been a privilege to see a smile of encouragement, a widening of the eyes at an ‘Aha’ moment and some laughter at the stories you have all shared this year in the workshops and discussion sessions. 

Our 2019 (term 1) calendar will be out soon. You will recieve an email when it is, so keep an eye out.


 Fostercare Northwest Support Closed Facebook Page


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