Upper North News – December 2017/January 2018

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

Kia ora koutou ki te Tai Tokerau Whanau o nga matua whaangai

I’ve enjoyed my first two months in the Regional Coordinator role. I caught up with the Whangarei Association members on 30 November and I’m looking forward to meeting more of you as the months roll by. I’ve attended two workshops in a support role, and appreciated the learning and relationship building opportunities they provided.

Big thanks to Denise Green for presenting the Maltreatment and Family Violence workshop and Leigh Harrington for Suicide Prevention.  These are topics I’m familiar with so I’d feel comfortable to discuss any follow up questions or issues anyone might have since these workshop.  Te Tai Tokerau, and most recently Whangarei, whanau have experienced too many tragic deaths due to Family Violence or Suicide and we all know we must talk to each other more, so that opportunities to reach out increase and incidents decrease.

On my first day in the job I was privileged to attend the National Fostering Kids NZ conference in Christchurch held over two days.  Wow, what a fabulous line up of speakers and topics. My kete feels very full from having learnt about two relational models of caregiver support. Also attending the Fostering Kids NZ AGM and a gathering for representatives from the many Fostering and Caregiver Associations across the country.

Talk about a Baptism by Fire.  I got to wear my pretty blue (one of my favourite shades of blue too) shirt and knew absolutely nothing of use to anyone!  Not really, it was a great chance to catch up with the MVCOT staff I already knew through my previous roles for Ministry of Justice, but also got to meet some of you wonderful people.  I loved the Dyadic Developmental Practice knowledge.  That set me in gear for the next week’s four day Level One, intensive training I undertook.  I’m excited about introducing the trauma-informed approach to whānau raising other people’s tamariki.

I’ve been very fortunate to attend this year’s Family Fun Day at Whangarei Pools and wow, what a turn out, impressive to say the least.  1000 sausages later, the organisers packed up, satisfied with their day’s work, knowing many tamariki and mokopuna had a fun filled day. Mission Accomplished!  Kawakawa Pool’s hosted the Mid-North Family Fun Day and from all reports received, fun was had by all there as well.

A caregiver BBQ gathering is being organised for 21 January 2018.  Please join Dennis and me, more details to come.  Please take time for you this holiday season and thank you for giving so much of yourselves this year.



The Term One training schedule is now live on our website. Please go and have a look at what we are offering next term. I would love to meet you at one of the trainings. This is such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role. Registrations are required, please register here.  Or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.


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