North West News – October 2018

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

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa/Warm greetings to you all

Spring is my favourite time of the year especially with daylight savings. I try to make the most of these long evenings, as it is a great time to do some family activities together.

School holidays are a wonderful time for reflecting. Term 3 has been a busy term and there have been some really great things happening. Eleven Caregivers started the new LIFT Programme that Fostering Kids NZ is offering around the country. This includes the four-day Foundations for Attachment training. I also delivered the updated National Caregiver workshops that have seen a new level of enthusiasm from Caregivers attending these trainings. The information has resonated so much more with their lived experience of parenting children in their care.  One caregiver commented “These courses have been absolutely fundamental in giving me tools and knowledge I can implement”. Another found it helpful in identifying behaviour “I have realised where a particular behaviour comes from and can now address it!”

Fostering Kids NZ Annual General Meeting


Fostering Kids NZ office

28 Young Street, NP

Please feel welcome to come along for an afternoon tea, have a coffee and join my attendance of the meeting by livestream.

 Please RSVP here or text Teena – 027 285 6015

Mā te wā /See you later


Support Groups

South Taranaki Support Group – Let’s try again as I’ve heard there is interest.

At our first meeting we will look at – time, frequency etc of future meetings based on the wishes of those attending. If you are unable to attend the first meeting but have thoughts on how the support group is set up, please contact me by email or phone.

A new date has been set for; Monday 12 November 1.00pm – 2.45 pm.

Venue: CCS Disability Action Meeting Room, 85 Princes Street, Hawera

Queries/feedback to Teena Bennett, Fostering Kids NZ Regional Coordinator by email or phone 0272856015


Are you a Grandparent, Aunty, Uncle, Cousin or other relative caring for the children of another person in your whanau/family?

The group meets fortnightly at: 216 Devon St West, New Plymouth, ‘Pukekura Room’ (Pathways meeting room, beside Plunket, limited free parking).

The dates for the next few meetings are; Tuesday 16 and 30 October.

9.30am to 11.30pm. Please join us for a coffee and chat.

Diane’s contact details are: or 021 185 1097

Urenui Support Group at Janine Vollebregt’s home,

This support group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The next meetings are: Tuesday 2 October and Tuesday 6 November at 10.00am.

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.

Contact Janine on: 027 419 2898. LL (06) 752 3096. 


It was great to see all those that came to the Whanganui ‘Understanding and Supporting Behaviour’ workshop. Thanks so much to everybody for the sharing and making it a meaningful day. I hope to see you at the next workshop, which is; as requested, ‘The Importance of Play’.

In response to caregiver feedback, we are starting to offer weekend and evening training opportunities. With this in mind, there will be a Saturday training – ‘Building Secure Attachments’ in Hawera in the fourth term and also a “Custody and Guardianship” evening discussion session in New Plymouth.

‘Discussion sessions’ are also being offered in Term 4 for Taumarunui, New Plymouth and Whanganui in the 1st term 2019. These are two hour bite size, that make topics of interest more accessible for caregivers who work or have toddlers at home part of the day to be a part of.

Please see the new schedule which is now open for registration. Please register here or contact Christine on freephone 0800 100 849 for further information. I look forward to seeing you there.


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