Upper North News – July 2018

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

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa nga kaitiaki a Tamariki Mokopuna

(Warm greetings to all you Carers of Tamariki Mokopuna)

June has been another busy month for me as my team members and I have supported training delivery in the Auckland North region whilst a new colleague was appointed. I have such a supportive team and really enjoyed working alongside them as we shared our different facilitation styles and skills.

I’m loving the new National Caregiver Training Programme material that’s come from Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children.  If you’ve got one of our new workbooks please take some time out (fireside and hot chocolate recommended) to read through the introduction and additional reading sections.  The material covers all the trauma, therapeutic parenting and far more cultural awareness information.  These are all fundamental to caregiver best practice in Aotearoa NZ.

I want to thank Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services for their manaakitanga (generous hospitality) at our workshop in Kaikohe last week.  I know I’m whanau when I sit around the tepu (table) in your whare (house).

The Importance of play workshop

I didn’t take any photos of the workshop but I wished I had recorded the raucous laughter from all.  We had such a great time putting play principles into practice, i.e. when we relax and are happy in our work we learn more.

We all gained useful tools in understanding Child (and Brain) Development to help best support our Tamariki Mokopuna.

A massive warm welcome to all new Fostering Kids NZ members (several I’ve met at Ways to Care and Key Assets hui held in June).

From OTMC: “Mana Tamaiti – We actively support and uphold the mana (intrinsic worth) of te tamaiti(the child)”

Big thank you to everyone who contributed to Good in the Hood 

Tiaki Koe i a Koe

(Take Care of Yourself)






The term 3 workshops are now open for registration. We are running Understanding Maltreatment and Carer Families in Whangarei, Child Development in Kaitaia and Teamwork in Kaikohe. Please follow this link  to register or contact Christine on 0800 100 849. Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers. We’d love to see you there.


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