Upper North News – April 2018


Upper North RC
Leanne Brownie
09 282 9483 or
027 566 0294

After six months in this role I’m qualified to deliver five NCTP workshops so I’m almost half way through my training as a Regional Coordinator.  Thanks to all who have attended training and given such encouraging feedback.  I’m grateful for your engagement and patience as we’ve had a few technological glitches to manage!  In April, I am attending training to learn “The Importance of Play” workshop.  This is a new workshop for all caregivers across Aotearoa, which I’m excited about delivering. The term two training schedule will be out in early April.

The Carer Families and Safety and Prevention workshops highlighted for me the need for you as caregivers to take care of yourselves, however that might work for you.  Respite is number one for many, so please talk to your Caregiver Social Workers within your referring agencies to schedule those self-care breaks.

We’ve got the cancellation blues!

The cancelled Whangarei Children’s Day event, a disappointing non-event, still took a lot of organisation, planning and preparation.  Whangarei has so many organisations dedicated to making memorable and enjoyable events for our Tamariki (children) and Mokopuna (grandchildren), we are very fortunate.  The generosity of many other organisations was enormous so please support them and mark next year’s event on your 2019 calendar- which we hope to have an all-weather venue for.

Finally, knowing the differences between developmental trauma and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is crucial to the way we care.  I’ve recently posted on our Upper North Facebook page a fabulous list of important things to know about FASD which will be helpful for anyone living or working with these tamariki (children) and mokopuna (grand children).  Caregiving is no easy road so thank you for opening your homes and hearts.

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa e Matua Whaangai tino miiharo/ Giving thanks to all of you is really amazing.

Warm greetings to all you incredible Caregivers!



The term two training schedule will be open for registration early April.  You will receive an email link to the new calendar, once it has been released.  Otherwise, you can view the term one calendar here to register for the “Identity and Belonging” workshop, held in Whangarei, Wednesday 4 April.  Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.


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