Upper North News – April 2017

Hi everyone,

Whew! March has been a busy month but great.

We had a great Children’s Day event here in Whangarei to kick off Foster Care Awareness Week. As April begins, it will be interesting to see what changes happen with the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki mahi this month.

If you have questions, please contact myself or Fostering Kids NZ national office and we will support you to find your answers. 

Nga Mihi

Judi Oliver

Upper North Regional Coordinator

Cell: 027 566 0294

Email: uppernorthsupport@nullfosteringkids.org.nz

Association Information:

Kaitaia Association is looking for a secretary. This is not a very busy job but does require basic computer skills. Anyone interested from Kerikeri, Kaikohe, mid-north or Kaitaia please contact me for more information. (Judi 027 566 0294).

I am very thrilled to announce that Whangarei Association now has three new Key Contacts.

Molly Rapana is your new secretary, and Kath Tipene and Avalon Hyder are also on board as Key contacts. This is wonderful as each bring a different perspective and energy to the positions.  Molly and I are here to support caregivers in our area. We hope to connect with you over the next while.

Here is an introduction from Molly:

Kia Ora Koutou,

Ko Molly Toku Ingoa, No Whangarei ahau. 

I am a whanau kin caregiver of a mokopuna and have been a member of Fostering Kids NZ for the past two years. I have learnt so much from the training workshops and getting to know the many caregivers.  It has been a challenging journey at times, but with the skills and tools gained from the training, I have become enthusiastic to support Fostering Kids NZ. I can put my own skills and experiences towards helping others, and can now happily say that I am a Key Contact person and secretary to the Tai Tokerau area. By supporting each other we can support our mokopuna into the future.

No Reira, tena koutou, katoa.       

Na Molly Rapana    

Here’s an introduction from Avalon:

Hi I’m Avalon Hyder, I have one son and two grand-daughters. I have been a caregiver for over 15 years. I have worked in radio live shows ‘auto-production’ for eight years. My hobbies are art, music, fishing and family. 

We will hear from Kath in the next newsletter.


Our March trainings in Whangarei, Kaikohe and Kaitaia were well attended and lots of fun, as well as informative.

April is a quiet month (with no trainings), due to most of it being the school holidays, but we will see you again in May.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the schedule when it goes live here: http://fosteringkids.net/schedule/schedule.php


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