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

Even though its winter time and we like to hibernate inside during these months, Matariki has been upon us. The star cluster, Matariki (also known as the Pleiades, Seven Sisters, or Subaru!) appears in our skies in the month of Pipiri (June–July), marking the start of the Māori New Year. This is the coldest time of the year and Pipiri means ‘to draw close’.

Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. A lot has certainly happened this year! Our histories can help us reflect on this time and guide us into the future.

Stephanie James-Sadler
National Manager Training & Support
04 282 0490 or 0800 693 323

News August

This is especially important for the tamariki (children) in our care. We know that building relationships and creating memories is essential in building great brains and for their identity and belonging. Matariki may be an opportunity for you, the children in your care and your whole whānau (family) to connect with others in the community, and maybe create your own family traditions, that may be carried on with their children.


Did you know that we have a new “Keeping Memories” online e-module and virtual follow up training opportunity available now?

The online e-module takes about an hour to go through at your own time and then you will be part of an online virtual face to face session facilitated by one of our Trainers. You can do the e-module anytime up to the 25 August as the follow up session will be at 7pm on the 25 August.

Calling all Gisborne Caregivers!
Mark the dates: 23 & 24 August.
We are offering the newly revamped “Identity & Belonging” and “Legal Information” workshops. Watch out for more details coming soon. We’d love to see you there.

Remember: Caregivers are welcome to set up Support Groups – these might be based on child age ranges, specific needs, caregiver types (permanent / emergency / transitional), location or more! You can register a Support Group by clicking the button below:

Ngā mihi nui,


Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Caring Families Aotearoa you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Caring Families Aotearoa. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources.

Click the link below to join!

East Coast Support Closed Facebook Group