Upper South News – September 2017

Upper South RC
Denise Green
03 929 6578 or
027 369 3333

Kia ora koutou

I think we are getting a sniff of spring with the longer evenings and the odd warm day. Those that suffer from hay fever and allergies won’t be overly impressed with the waves of pollen getting blown about.

It was fabulous to see so many Marlborough caregivers and families attend the mid-winter dinner in Blenheim early last month. What a tremendous effort by the Key Contacts to deliver this event and great to see the collaboration with Oranga Tamariki and Open Home Foundation to put on a lovely evening in thanks of our selfless caregivers.

I am heartened to see the coffee groups and support meetings being well attended. There will be a number of discussion groups coming up in the region with some new topics which I hope you can make the time to attend.

Join the facebook groups and please give me some feedback as to whether you find the things I post of interest, or what you would like to see posted.

Nelson & Tasman      Marlborough        Upper South


Stay safe and warm

October Snippets

The last week of September is going to be a very busy one for us, as we will be at our National Conference learning lots and meeting many caregivers.  Unfortunately this means that we won’t be able to get our October Snippets out to you on 1 October.  Instead we will share some learning from conference with you in the second week of October.

Association Information

Marlborough Foster Parents Association

Mid Winter Christmas Dinner

This event was held in August and attended and supported by  the Upper South Manager for Oranga Tamariki, CGSW for Open Home Foundation and the Mayor and Mayoress of Blenheim. Thanks to the team that put on a delicious 3 course dinner and the families who attended, it was wonderful to enjoy a family friendly event and to see the children’s faces light up when Santa passed out the gifts.

Key contacts Aimee and Sharon and their team of helpers did a terrific job in bringing this together and we will certainly have it highlighted for future occasions. Well done and Thank you.




Nelson-Tasman Association

The very popular Salmon Pond fishing day has been rebooked for later this year. The date will depend on when the fish arrive to the ponds so watch this space!

Upcoming Dates:


Caregiver Morning Tea – Wednesday 6th September 17, 10am, Tahunanui Community Centre, Muritai Street, Nelson

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Every Tuesday, 10am, Wooden Spoon Café, Richmond

Grandparents Group – Every second Monday, 9.15am, Victory Community Centre, Victory School

FASDS Support Group – Last Friday of Month, 10am, Meeting Room at Richmond Town Hall, Richmond


Life Story/Keeping Memories – Children welcome

Morning tea, Friday 8th September, 9.30am, Springlands Lifestyle Village, 58 Lakings Road

Register please via this link for catering purposes


Luncheon and discussion – Securing permanency, Custody and Guardianship

Friday 15 September 17, 12.30-2.30pm, Kahurangi Room, Oranga Tamariki, Mackay Street, Greymouth

Register please via this link for catering purposes


Dessert evening and discussion

Securing permanency and Custody & Guardianship, Friday 15 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Reap House, Palmerston Street, Westport

Register please via this link for catering purposes


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