Upper North News – February 2020

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

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa / Warm greetings to you all,

I hope you’re having fun with your Tamariki. Fun doesn’t have to be expensive but it does require time and energy. Remember to also take some time for yourself so you’re able to meet the needs of others. 

A big thanks to Molly and Princess for helping me with hosting Whangarei and Kawakawa Family Fun Day events early December 2019!

March Celebrations

The start of March is a very important time in the care sector in New Zealand. Sunday 1st March, we kick off the Foster Care Awareness week with Children’s Day. This is a day to celebrate the importance of tamariki/children in our lives, in our communities and in our society.  Children’s Day reminds all of New Zealand how precious our tamariki are and how we all have a responsibility for them collectively.

Following on from the Sunday celebrations, we have Foster Care Awareness Week. This is a week to highlight the wonderful role you all play in our communities and society too!  It’s a time through all the challenges, to say this role is so vital, important and lifesaving! I know there will be various events planned for this week across Aotearoa. Get in touch with your Agency or Organisation to see what they’re planning. Make sure you are on our Facebook pages so you can get notifications of events we know about. This important week is a time of acknowledging and appreciating the challenging and rewarding role you and your whanau / family undertake. 

Are you interested in a ‘Paihia Pamper Day’ to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Week.

We are looking at this event taking place on either Saturday 7 March or Sunday 8 March.  Please make contact with either Karen Browne on
0274 053 444, or myself (Leanne Brownie) on 027 566 0294 to let us know if you are interested and what date will suit you best. If you could please let us know by 3 February.

This day will start in the morning and will include make-up and skin advice from a trained beautician, a foot spa and nail polish ending with a lunch at a local cafe. This is a day out for our Foster Mums, Aunts and Nannies.  

Excellence in Foster Care Awards: Friday 6th March 2020

To round out Foster Care Awareness Week, we will be celebrating the winners of the Excellence in Foster Care Awards! This year it will be held in Wellington. These amazing recipients will be announced closer to the date.

One-off School Start Up Fund

School and year start up fund applications are open until the 28th February for those receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit or the Orphans’ Benefit. Make sure you apply for this one-off grant of between $400 – $550 (depending on the child’s age). Click on button below to find out more.


Self-care is important at any time of the year. Often the transition back into the school term is a challenging time for us as our tamariki adapt back into routines. Their internal fears of new teachers, new classrooms, new friends and new expectations can create turmoil that is expressed through behaviour. Acceptance and empathetic environments are the most effective ways to a stress-free beginning to the school day. Parenting tamariki with special needs, developmental trauma and/ or challenging behaviour is undeniably stressful. If you get a chance to read our article, then please take it. If you don’t get a chance, try and create an opportunity to do so as sometimes we just have to stop, make a cuppa and do something for ourselves.


Our Term One training schedule is now live! We are very excited to introduce a new 3 hour Workshop Discussion Session – Understanding the National Care Standards. Click the button below to find out more and to register.

Support Groups

Big thanks to my Regional Committee and supporters for meeting and putting heads together to help plan future events.

Have you joined our closed Facebook group?

As a member of Fostering Kids NZ you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources.  If you are not already a member search Fostering Kids NZ Upper North Support and request to join. It’s easy and it’s free!

Click the link below to join!

Join Fostering Kids NZ Upper North Facebook Group

Do something for YOU today, you’re so worth it!

Kia ata noho, kia mau tonu / Keep calm and carry on,

Nā Leanne / From Me!

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