North West News – September 2017

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

Kia ora Koutou

I hope the 3rd school term is going well for both caregivers and the children in your care. The shorter days invariably see children spending a lot more time cooped up inside. This may mean spending more energy managing screen time and the concerns that this raises. A helpful resource a colleague shared with me recently is “Keeping Your Children Safe Online: A guide for New Zealand parents” The author is John Parson (please see the attached Flyer). Always helpful to have information in a New Zealand context.

Furthermore, please see the flyer providing details (flyer) for the Northwest Regional Hui in November. Early advertising hopefully assists caregivers to make the arrangements that allow them to participate in the whole day (e.g. asking for respite or childcare!) The goal is that the day will not only be informative; providing professional and personal development, but that it is also enjoyable and uplifting. For those wanting to attend from the Taurmaranui and Whanganui areas, there are some petrol vouchers available to car poolers. Please contact me for more information.

October Snippets

The last week of September is going to be a very busy one for us, as we will be at our National Conference learning lots and meeting many caregivers.  Unfortunately this means that we won’t be able to get our October Snippets out to you on 1 October.  Instead we will share some learning from conference with you in the second week of October.

Association Information

Taranaki Association

Unfortunately due to a lack of numbers the Keeping Memories/Life Story Book event planned for Saturday 26th August 17 was postponed. This is a newly developed learning opportunity that looks like the perfect opportunity to bring together all those precious memories and keepsakes for the children in our care. It’s also an opportunity to come together and share your ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Afternoon tea will be provided.
We would like to offer the opportunity again on:

Saturday 9th September 17:  1pm-4pm

Please text numbers attending to Kylie McDonagh-Parker, Key Contact Taranaki Association, on 027 390 3738.


On Wednesday 2nd August 17 the ‘online’ version of Attachment & Resilience was trialled in New Plymouth and the general feedback was very positive, a good option that didn’t require a huge time commitment outside the home. The training included online reading at home and then group discussion to cover the learning objectives and outcomes of the course.

The final workshop for the term is again an online version of Child Development in Stratford on the 6th September 17, 7pm. Please register now via this link, so you receive the online component in time to complete before the workshop.

A small but enthusiastic group of attendees recently attended training in Taumarunui for Maltreatment and Family Violence.

There is no training in Whanganui this term but Legal Issues is planned for Term 4. We are working on Term 4 workshops at the moment and these will go live on our website in a couple of weeks.

Are you a Grandparent caring for your Grandchildren?

Being a Grandparent raising a Grandchild is a tough road – one only others travelling it understand. There is a small, local group meeting in New Plymouth every 6 weeks who wish to extend a warm welcome to other Grandparents who would enjoy such a gathering, we call our group ‘GUMMIES’.

Our next get together for coffee is on Wednesday 13th September at 1.00 pm, Westside Grille, 41 Tukapa Street, Westown, New Plymouth. Please contact me with any queries: 0272856015 or by email:

Ka kite

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