North West News – June 2017

Kia ora koutou

How’s your month been? Full of ups and downs? Maybe it’s been really challenging? We know as adults that challenges are an ongoing part of our lives.  Sometimes no matter how much effort we put into something or how true our intentions are, sometimes things just don’t work out the way we hope, or seem fair, or, just.

The old saying “when the going gets tough the tough get going” sounds great but sometimes we don’t feel tough, sometimes the events around us seem too big.

In these times, hanging in there or to persevere is a more appropriate encouragement:   The meaning of to persevere (verb) is “To persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles or discouragement; continue steadfastly.”

I think the key word in this is ‘purpose’ which speaks to me of the importance of holding on to the vision that initially motivated you, understanding that the challenge doesn’t change the value of who you are, what you have strived for or diminish your own integrity.  As Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers that are trying to do a great job caring and providing a ‘home’ for our children that need one, THANKS.

Kia Kaha Whanau



Nga mihi

Email Teena
06 281 1642
027 285 6015


Association News

Taranaki Association Survey

We have put together a VERY brief survey for Taranaki caregivers that will be sent in an email on Tuesday 6th June in an effort to gauge caregiver thoughts on how the Taranaki Foster Care Network Group can support local caregivers. Please keep an eye out for it and take a moment to answer the tick box questions.  It will only take you 5 minutes to complete.

Kylie (Key Contact) has utilised ‘Survey Monkey’ for ease of use and to ensure the feedback is easily collected. We look forward to hearing your voice.

Whanganui Foster Care Association

The Association have been busy in Whanganui with a sausage sizzle and other local initiatives to advertise and connect caregivers in the region.  It was great to see the fantastic turnout of members to our luncheon.  It was a time of positive relationship building, network and support.

Noeline Smith

Regional Hui Update

It is with disappointment I inform members that the Regional Hui has been postponed due to challenges with speakers; however, the Hui will go ahead later in the year with a new date.  I will keep you updated in the July newsletter. My thanks to the Whanganui Association for their efforts and contribution.

Elevate in New Plymouth

On Thursday 25th May, four New Plymouth children and their caregivers attended the presentation of new bikes to the children. Elevate connect a local business with a charity (Fostering Kids NZ was the chosen charity) and supply bikes that the business has constructed on a Team Building exercise day.  Although a little overwhelming for one or two of the shyer children, they were pleased as punch with their new bikes.

Elevate move around the country with this ‘bike for kids’ program and nominated names of children can be submitted to Fostering Kids NZ on 0800 693 323.


Please join us at our next Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren/Mokopuna gathering. We are a supportive, growing group of Grandmothers meeting every six weeks. We enjoy meeting for coffee and conversation with like-minded people.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 28th of June at 1.00pm (please note the slightly earlier time) at Westside Grille, Westown, New Plymouth. We would love to see you there!

Enquiries to: Teena Bennett, Regional Coordinator FKNZ, 06 2811642 or 0272856015. Email:


We are looking forward to delivering National Caregiver Training workshops in:

8th of June 17 – Legal Issues, Taumarunui

Make sure you register by following this link I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.

I am wondering how many people might be interested in attending our trainings on a Saturday or evenings. Please let me know if you are interested in this and we will organise it.

Teena Bennett, Regional Coordinator FKNZ, 06 2811642 or 0272856015. Email:


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