North West News – July 2019

Kia ora Koutou,Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou/ Warm greeting to you all,

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

It’s been a busy term with two workshops, five discussion sessions, two mid-winter events alongside support groups. The best part of my role is supporting caregivers who continue to experience a range of challenges. We do have some very caring members in our community. 

I’d like to do a special shout out to Janine and Jim Vollebregt who continue to be passionate about gathering caregivers together through both their support group and hosting whanau friendly events; the most recent being the mid-winter fish and chip dinner. Thanks Janine and Jim!

A shout out to Diane as well who faithfully runs the Kin raising Kin support group every second Tuesday. (See support group dates below.)

Finally, nga mihi nui (thank you very much) to Andeana, Kerrie-Anne, her staff at Oranga Tamariki and you, our valuable, caregivers who helped to make the Whanganui Mid-Winter evening such a success. Happy school holidays everyone (Hari kuri harirei katoa).


The Term 3 training schedule is now open for registrations. To find out what is happening in your area and to register, click the following link:

For assistance or if you have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

Dates For Your Dairy

Please let me know of other dates groups are meeting in our region and I’ll add them in each month.

Urenui Support Group

The next meeting is on Tuesday 2 July (the first Tuesday every second month) at 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.

You can contact Teena from Fostering Kids New Zealand with queries on 027 285 6015.

Janine’s contact detail are: 027 419 2898 or 06 752 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.

Next Meetings:

  • 2 and 30 July: 9.30 am to 11.30 am
  • 216 Devon St West, ‘Pukekura Room’

Pathways meeting room, beside Plunket, limited free parking.

Contact Diane: or 021 185 1097.

Ka Kite! (See you soon)


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