North West News – March 2018

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

Kia ora Koutou

I recently spent a week attending ‘DDP’ Training (Dyadic Developmental Practice) in Auckland. DDP includes the PACE model of parenting which you may have read about in Fostering Kids NZ Snippets and may have heard about at Fostering Kids NZ Conference.

If not, DDP is a therapeutic approach that assists caregivers and the children in their care to build mutual trust, make sense of, and manage the complex thoughts, feelings and beliefs that caregivers and children experience in their past and current care situations.

As a Social worker, learning about PACE was a revelation. As it moved away from problem solving models (although this may be part of the process) and utilised a model that was developed specifically for the support of caregivers and their children through relationships, as this is usually where a child in care’s trauma has started from.

If any caregivers wish to find out more about the model and if it could assist their situation, please feel free to contact me to discuss further.


Children’s Day and Fostercare Awareness Week

Mana Williams: Dessert and Coffee Evening

This year there are two events organised in association with Oranga Tamariki. We invite caregivers and their young people in care (14 years and above) to a come and hear Mana’s Williams story.  Please find more information about the Mana Williams, Dessert and Coffee Evening in the following attachments.

New Plymouth Dessert and Coffee Evening

Whanganui Dessert and Coffee Evening


Stratford Children’s Day at TSB Pool

TSB Pool Complex
Page Street

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm   Date: 4 March 2018

A free and fun event to enable families to have fun together at minimal cost.

Hosted at the TSB Pool in Stratford, there will be free entry to the Pool from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, with games, activities, food and drink available to all attendees!


Children’s Day – 4 March 2018

There are many ways to celebrate Children’s Day. A great resource for ideas is Here’s a couple of examples from their web page:

Colour Your Day!

Pick one or more of the Children’s Day colours and have a colour day! The Children’s Day colours are grass green, deep purple, orange and yellow. Have fun with the colour by wearing it, eating food of that colour, and naming as many things around you that are the same colour. Talk to your children about why you’re celebrating the day and why they are so precious.

Create a family whanau mobile

Arrange for children to illustrate a picture of each member of the family. They can include their pet/s if they have one. Cut out each family member. Glue each picture on strong paper or cardboard. Hang pictures on a hanger with wool or string to make a mobile.


“He Taonga nui a tatou tamariki-

Our greatest treasure is our children.”


Whanau Kin Support Group

I have been in contact with “Supporting Families with Mental Health” to enquire about their initiative to start a Whanau Kin support group unfortunately their December lunch was cancelled. Below is a new date for this group.


A warm welcome to the



Meets once per term at: Westside Grill, 41 Tukapa Street, Westown, New Plymouth

Date: Wednesday 4 April

Time: 1.00pm onwards

Queries to: Teena 027 353 6015




Term One workshops are still open for registration, so please register online here. This term in the region, we still have Identity & Belonging in Taumarunui on 1 March and in New Plymouth on 27 March as well as Carer Families in Whanganui on 14 March. I’d love to see you at one of the workshops.

Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.

In term 2 we have a new Training- The importance of PLAY which will be held in New Plymouth – we will advise you when registrations open for this workshop.


Noho ora mai


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