North West News – Septemeber 2018

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

Recently we ran a workshop in Whanganui ‘Building Secure Attachments’. What a great day we had together and great to see some new faces in the big group. Thanks to all who came.

Here’s something to bring some spring cheer to all of us, bright yellow daffodils usually are a sign we’re heading into better weather.  Spring is often referred to as a time of new beginnings and change. I’ve been thinking about the caregivers who are part of the LIFT Programme and who are attending the Foundations for Attachment Training running in New Plymouth at the moment. I want to encourage those that are making a shift/change from a ‘traditional’ parenting mode to a ‘therapeutic’ parenting approach.  As much as caregivers may be hungry for knowledge that helps and increases their ability to parent their children in care, it is a personally challenging process. Changing learnt parenting beliefs and practices so our children in care can heal is a mind shift/change and chance for new beginnings.

The Foundations for Attachment talks about being ‘mind minded’. This is the ability to notice the ‘internal experience’ of the child as opposed to just noticing the ‘external behaviours’. Alongside this the caregiver notices what impact the child is having on themselves. Developing this ability to be ‘mind minded’ assists the caregiver to have a greater understanding and empathy for the child and build the caregivers own sense of self. This can over time, not only strengthen the connection between the child and caregiver, but help the caregiver be more mindful of their own self-care.

What an amazingly dedicated role caregivers provide. If you need support or need to talk something through, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

He kona mai (Bye for now).


Regional Committee

Many thanks to those who have put their names forward for the regional committee. I’ve recently met with three committee members, Janine, Fiona (who stood in for Diane) and Kylie and we’ve started to put ideas together for local events.

Janine, Fiona and Dianne will be able to feedback to the committee the ideas from their support groups. We’d love a name or two from Taumarunui and Whanganui to complete our Regional Committee. Any idea or names please contact me, as I’d love to hear from you. The committee gets together via skype. I can help arrange this for you. There will be more information on this as we move forward.

“A word from Kylie”

Greetings All,
For those I haven’t met, my involvement with Fostering Kids New Zealand first began as a key contact with the association. At the time I was a first year social work student. I’m now a third year. My husband and I have provided care in a range of situations and both have a heart for fostering, coming from families who fostered for many years. We have recently moved. The best way to contact me is via email or on 027 390 3738
Warmest regards

Support Groups


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 4 and 18 September, Tuesday 2 October 2018

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 @Janine Vollebregt,

Tuesday 4 September at 10.00am (first Tuesday of every second month)

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.

My contact details are: 027 419 2898. LL (06) 752 3096. 


Reminder: trainings in New Plymouth and Taumarunui are running later this term;

New Plymouth: ‘Child Development’ – Tuesday 11 September

Taumarunui: ‘The Importance of Play’ – Tuesday 25 September

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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