North West News – November 2017

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

Wow, its November already, the year has flown by very fast.  It is great to have longer days and slightly warmer weather.

The feedback we had about our recent national conference at the end of September in Christchurch was very positive.  One of the learning goals was about building an understanding of seeing the child in our care beyond what they demonstrate and communicate to us at times, often negatively.  It was great to understand the current science around developmental trauma, (also known as complex), and how this effects the wiring of in a child/young person’s brain, thus lessening their capacity to trust.  The message that was reiterated to me was how as a caregiver, the most important and first thing to do is to regulate myself in challenging and stressful times.  Often it’s our default stance to become defensive in our parenting and in how we deal with those challenging situations.   I know I need to be mindful of this and practice self-regulation more and more as I’m the adult in this situation.

Just a reminder of the Family Fun Days coming up in New Plymouth (18 November – pool party) and Wanganui (19 November- pool party).  Please contact your Key Contact (details below) or us here at national office to let us know number of tickets you require.

Me te whakaaro nui (with kind thoughts)

Ka kite

Key Contacts for Northwest

Taranaki Foster Care Association | Heather Pryor | 027 777 7615 |  and Kylie McDonagh-Parker | 06 754 7961 |

Wanganui Foster Care Association | Noeline Smith | 06 322 1902 |

Safe Care needs Self-Care – Regional Hui

Join me on 14 November at Park City Church to hear about the ‘Changing Landscape of Care with Oranga Tamariki, learn the importance of ‘looking after self’, hear about ‘the implications of Neuroscience for Foster care’ and learn about what is ‘normal’ and expected sexual behaviour vs concerning behaviours.

To register please complete a registration form (Hui rego form) and email it to Teena Bennett, North West Regional Coordinator – 027 285 6015 |

Good value, modern accommodation is available at Tehenui Lodge, 20 Bell Street, New Plymouth (5 minutes’ drive from the Hui venue).  Price $84 – $89 per night for 1 to 2 persons. Can accommodate groups. Phone – 06 7580431 or book on;


We have some great training opportunities coming up in the next month. We’d love to see you there. If you would like to come along to any of the Training workshops that are running this term, please check the training calendar. To view dates, locations and to register.

If you have any queries or would like assistance registering, please contact Christine on or call 0800 100 849.

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