Upper North News – December 2018

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

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone

What a year it’s been! I’m looking forward to a bit of rest over the Christmas break. I’ve embarked on a lot of learning – the National Caregiver Training material and attending Te Wānanga O Aotearoa Manaaki Tāngata / Certificate in Bicultural Services Course.  Both of these journeys have enhanced each other and you would have noticed me using lots of ngā kupu māori (Māori words) me ngā takepū (and principles) to demonstrate many of the concepts included in the caregiver training workshops.

Āhurutanga (creating and maintaining a safe, quality space) is so important for all learning environments for ngā pakeke (adults) and tamariki (children).  Whereever we are as caregivers our main goal is to maintain safety and security for those in our care but also for ourselves.  I use the following phrase a lot in the sessions so I’ll end this working year and final communication for 2018 with this:

“If you don’t take care of your own needs, you’ll soon be unable to care for others”.

Artwork by my mokopuna – Huia (8) and nephew Jordie (14) and a Whanau pose at a recent Hui a Iwi (tribal gathering)






I  hope my pictures  inspire you to make space for creativity and whānau this summer break.

The Christmas/New Year period can be frantic so keeping it simple with pens, paper and lego sets (and a good book!) can go a long way to a more restful, revitalising break.

The Christmas close down period for Fostering Kids NZ is Saturday 22 December, 2018 to Monday 14 January, 2019. During this time, our main line will not be manned. If your situation is critical, please call our critical support line 0800 693 278. If your situation is urgent, please call the 24/7 caregiver help line 0508 227 377.

Kia kaha, Kia manawanui, Kia tūpato/Be strong, be courageous, be safe!

Tiaki koe i a koe/Take care of yourself

Dates to Remember

Because of Fostering Kids NZ and other generous contributions, we have been able to organise a special Kaitaia Whānau Fun Day. 

Come and join me and some voluteers at the Kaitaia Pools from 12.30pm Sunday 16 December.  One of our training group agreement statements reads “Have Fun” – so please support the events for you and your whanau and do just that!!!

Contact me for details.  027 566 0294

Other Whānau/Family Fun Days:

Kawakawa Pools from 10.00am, Saturday 8 December

Whangarei Pools 10.00am, Sunday 9 December.

If you would like tickets to either the Kawakawa or Whangarei pool event please email supportadministrator@nullfosteringkids.org.nz.  Let them know which one you would like to attend, your contact details, mailing address and the number of tickets you need for your whanau.

Thanks to Mary for volunteering to meet those coming to the Whangarei day as I can’t be there.

If you’re able to greet whanau as they arrive in the first half hour of the Kawakawa event please let me know.

Support Groups

I’m keen to support small groups, rural (3 members minimum) and suburban (5 members minimum), to come together to create your own networks for what ever reason is important to you (sharing a safe space with people who understand and share your challenges is a great place to start).  You can find some information on our Fostering Kids NZ website so please take a look as I’d love to help. 


Our 2019 (term 1) training calendar will be out soon.  I hope to see you at either a workshop, follow up session or discussion session soon.

We’ve held two Living or Working with Traumatised Children discussion sessions this term with great participation and encouraging feedback.  We will hold more of these in the first term of 2019.



I and the team at Fostering Kids NZ are organising a hui for you, the Caregivers of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland).  This is scheduled for March 2019.   I need some local help on the day please.  Let me know if you are interested.  It will be held in Whangarei and contributions are available to bring you to our learning day from around the North.  Big thanks to Whangarei District Council, Z-Station Porowini and Fostering Kids NZ for the money to make this happen.  March is a big month for the fostering sector so keep it free to focus on enhancing the mahi (work) we all do for our most vulnerable tamariki.


Noho ora mai koe i roto i ngā manaakitanga katoa (May you remain well in every way)

Hei konā mai (Goodbye for now)

Mauri ora (Prosperity)!



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