Otago News – September 2019

Otago RC
Rob Thomson
03 470 1277
027 501 0005

Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone.

I’m hoping you’ve been able to fight off the cold and viruses this winter. We certainly are starting to see the Spring changes around us and it has been nice getting home while it is still light!

Happy Fathers Day

September is the month we pay homage to our dads. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. To our foster dads who have opened your hearts and homes to tamariki needing care. We thank you for the amazing work you do with our most vulnerable. I hope you got well and truly spoiled. 

Fostering Kids NZ National Conference

Have you managed to have a look on our website to find out all about our National Conference coming up on the 16 and 17 of October, at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre? It would be great to see as many of you from our region there as possible. It is an amazing experience, and very enjoyable too! You can find everything you need to know here:

Support Groups

Should you wish to set up a support group of any particular nature e.g geographical, permanency, whanau/kin carer, grandparents raising grandchildren, health oriented etc. go to our website and register under Support Groups. Fostering Kids NZ will give $3 per person. I’d love to help you set up a group, answer your questions, give ideas and come along if you wanted it. Contact me.


I have several training events around the region over the next month and it would be great to see you. Even if you can’t make it, perhaps we could meet for a coffee when I’m in town. 


I’d love to see more of you at St. Johns Ambulance Public Training Room the on 3rd September! Part of the new care standards responsibilities is that Life Story work is expected to be provided for our tamariki. I’m facilitating a Keeping Memories 2 hour session that helps caregivers to know what, who and where we should gather and store this information about our tamariki (children). 


“The Importance of Play” is being run on the 10th September in Dunedin.  Remember Play is not just a time filler between learning opportunities, it is the learning! If you are wanting to know more about Play and its benefits, come along to the workshop. This workshop explores the importance of play, why children play and the learning behind the play experience. It is a workshop for everyone, as play should not stop as we grow. You will have an opportunity to understand different play experiences and how these contribute to a child’s development and future potential. It will provide you with strategies to play with children in a positive way. It will particularly look at sensory play and how this can be a therapeutic tool for a child of any age. You will also have the opportunity to understand how the environment and your interactions during play sets the child on a pathway for future learning and capability.

To register, click here. Should you not be able to attend after you have registered or if you need any assistance, please email our Training Coordinator, Christine on Christine.williams@nullfosteringkids.org.nz.

Ka kite ano, nga mihi/kind regards

Fostering Kids NZ Otago Support

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