North West News – June 2018

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

Kia ora Koutou

Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day and you were appreciated for how important you are in the life of your family/whanau!

We have a new member to our household, a six-month old puppy. Evie joins our 2 ½ year old dog. It’s been an opportunity to put on my therapeutic hat with a dog that has not come from a good environment and is constantly frightened and timid. It’s my older dog Gus that has really amazed me, I guess you could say he’s taken her under his wing. This got me thinking about ‘attunement’. Dan Stern (1985) says “Attunement begins when the parent provides the infant with an experience of emotional connection that is consistent and responsive to the child’s communication and needs. An attuned response is therefore an empathic response that helps the child feel understood and connected to the adult. The child learns to trust in the availability and responsiveness of the adult.”

I’m certainly not comparing a child to a dog, it just started me reflecting.

If you’re interested in learning more about therapeutic parenting in a workshop setting the revamped Understanding and Supporting Behaviour workshop is being held in Taumarunui on 13 June and Hawera on June 27. Love to see you there!

Ma te wa (Bye for now, see you later)


Dates for Diary:

Kin Raising Kin

Tu Tama Wahine / Supporting Families with Mental Health

Running fortnightly on Tuesdays: 9:30am – 11:00am At the Pukekura room (Pathways meeting room), 216 Devon Street West (Opp. Plunket), 12 and 26 June

Wanganui Foster Care Association

What a great time our caregivers and children had on our outing to Wellington Zoo, the  looks on the kids faces getting up close to the animals was a sight to behold and on the way home we all went to Burger King for tea. These  events are put on by Wanganui Foster Care Association. We have our meeting bi-monthly at McDonalds in Victoria Avenue on the second Thursday of the month at 10-00am.  Our next meeting is 14th June.  ALL WELCOME

Noeline Smith


As we unfortunately, did not receive any registrations for the Safety & Prevention Training in New Plymouth on the 30 May, we have replaced this workshop with The Importance of Play workshop on 20 June. You can read more about the workshop here.

Attending one of the workshops is a great way to reflect and gain new skills and knowledge to support you in your role, caring for vulnerable children. It also gives you an excellent opportunity to connect to other caregivers. Registration is required to assist us with numbers, please register online using this link or book with Christine 0800 100 849.   I look forward to meeting you there!

All training start at 9am.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure we are able to start promptly.  This is to ensure the validity of the programme, that you are able to get the most out of the programme and that you do not interrupt the training.   We also request that unless really urgent you stay until the end, 3pm.


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