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Foster Care Awareness Week

Foster Care Awareness week is an annual celebration held every March. It’s a special week that is all about celebrating YOU; our wonderful caregiver members who put in the mahi every day to care for some of Aotearoa’s most vulnerable children.

This year, Foster Care Awareness Week will take place from 4th-10th March. We are excited to be hosting over 20 events around the country to show our appreciation for you, our caregivers.

Check out the variety of events below, and be sure to register to save your spot!

Upper North

Whangārei Caregiver Lunches

ADULTS ONLY

Regional Coordinator, RuruHana, two delightful caregiver lunches during Foster Care Awareness Week! You choose which one suits you – see the details below.

LUNCH ONE

Date and Time: Monday 4th March, 11:30AM – 1:30PM 

Venue: Lone Star Restaurant, 8 Kensington Avenue, Whangārei. See their menu HERE.

LUNCH TWO

Date and Time: Tuesday 5th March, 11:30AM – 1:30PM 

Venue: Suk Jai Thai Restaurant, 93 Kamo Road, Whangārei. See their menu HERE.

RSVP by Monday 4th March

REGISTER

Please email RuruHana through the button below. Make sure to specify which lunch you would like to attend, and include your contact details, and the names of any people who will be attending with you.

Auckland

Unsworth Heights High tea and pampering (REGISTRATIONS CLOSES)

ADULTS ONLY

Join Christie for high tea and pampering, as well as a goodie bag to take away!

Date and Time: Tuesday 5th March, 11:00AM-1:00PM

Venue: Meadowood Community House, 55 Meadowood Drive, Unsworth Heights

REGISTRATIONS CLOSED

Kaipara Coast sculpture trail

ADULTS ONLY

Enjoy the beautiful sights of nature and some fresh air as we walk the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Trail, then refuel together with a delicious lunch (on us!)

Date and Time: Wednesday 6th March, 10:30AM-1:30PM

Venue: 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa

RSVP by Friday 1st March

PIZZA IN THE PARK

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Bring your whānau to see the animals at Ambury Park Regional Farm, followed by a pizza picnic for dinner.

Date and Time: Friday 8th March, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Venue: Ambury Regional Park – Go to the main park entrance off Ambury Road and look for our CFA signage and gazebo.

RSVP by Monday 4th March

Warkworth

ADULTS ONLY

Join us for an informative morning as we present an introductory session on therapeutic parenting, followed by lunch together.

Date and Time: Tuesday 12th March, 10:00AM-1:00PM

Venue: Southgate Room (level 1), Warkworth Hotel, 9 Queen Street, Warkworth

RSVP by Friday 8th March

This event is in collaboration with Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren

REGISTER

To register for any of the Auckland events, please email Christie through the button below, and include what event you would like to attend, your contact details, the names of any people who will be attending with you, and dietary requirements (if any).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auckland South

Whānau fun day

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Join Nu’umoe, along with the team from VOYCE Whakarongo Mai and CLM Community Sport for an epic whānau activity day! There will be a number of games and activities for tamariki and rangatahi, a chill out space for the caregivers, and of course, kai and freebies for everyone!

Date and Time: Saturday 16th March, 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Venue: Manurewa Netball Courts, 95 Browns Road, Auckland. Enter through the main carpark off Dalgety Drive.

RSVP by Friday 8th March

Central North

TOKOROA

adults only

Join your Regional Coordinator, Chris, for our Keeping Memories workshop and learn about how to create a life story book for your tamariki. The session will conclude with delicious kai and connection time.

Date and Time: Monday 4th March, 10:00am-2:00pm

Venue: Tokoroa Club, Chambers Street, Tokoroa

RSVP by Friday 1st March

KATIKATI

FAMILY FRIENDLY

We’re celebrating you and your whānau with a day of FUN! Enjoy swimming, bush walks, games, and activities, all whilst connecting with other caregiving families.

Date and Time: Saturday 9th March, 10:00am-2:00pm

Venue: Sapphire Springs Holiday Park and Mineral Pools, 274 Hot Springs Road, Katikati

RSVP by Monday 4th March

East Coast

Watch this space!

Your Regional Coordinator, James, is working hard to put on some awesome celebratory events for caregivers in the East Coast.

We anticipate these will be hosted around April/May. We will confirm details through Facebook and our monthly newsletter, Snippets.

North West

Use the orange button further below to register yourself. RSVPs close one week prior to the event.

New Plymouth Zoo Day (registrations now full)

family friendly

Let’s go to the zoo! Enjoy feeding the animals, and a scavenger hunt for the kids.

Date and Time: Sunday 3rd March, 12:45PM – 3:30PM

Venue: Pouakai Zoo, 1306 Carrington Road, Hurworth

Palmerston North Movie Night (REGISTRATIONS NOW FULL)

family friendly

Bring your tamariki along to enjoy a family movie night! One small drink and lolly pack will be provided for each child.

Date and Time: Wednesday 6th March, 5:15PM-8:30PM

Venue: Focal Point Theatre, 233 Cuba Street, Palmerston North

Whanganui Caregiver Appreciation Morning Tea (REGISTRATIONS NOW FULL)

adults only – toddlers can attend if necessary

Join us for a caregiver appreciation morning tea. Enjoy cakes, savouries, and coffee, and share stories with other caregivers. We’ll also be joined by representatives from some other key organisations who will share how they can support you.

Date and Time: Tuesday 5th March, 10:00am-12:00pm

Venue: Tupoho, 249 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui

Lower North

Use the orange button further below to register yourself. RSVPs close one week prior to the event.

Wairarapa Wildlife Morning

family friendly

Bring your whānau along to an enjoyable morning at Pukaha Wildlife Centre. See the birds and native fauna, and connect with other caregivers.

Date and Time: Saturday 2nd March, 9:45AM-12:30PM

Venue: Pukaha Wildlife Centre, 85379 SH2, Masterton/Tararua

Levin Caregiver Appreciation Morning Tea

adults only – toddlers can attend if necessary

Join us for a caregiver appreciation morning tea. Enjoy cakes, savouries, and coffee, and share stories with other caregivers. We’ll also be joined by representatives from some other key organisations who will share how they can support you.

Date and Time: Thursday 7th March, 9:30AM-12:30PM

Venue: Pounamu Room in Ken and little Building, Cnr Chamberlain and Queen Streets, Levin

Lower Hutt Workshop Fest: Engage and Create

family friendly

Your whānau is invited to an afternoon of workshops and activities! There will be a caregiver panel and discussion groups to talk about shared experiences and give advice, followed by workshops where you will learn how to make kawakawa balm and a delicious steak rub.

VOYCE Whakarongo Mai will be there to entertain your tamariki with various activity stations so you can sit back and enjoy connecting and learning with others.

Date and Time: Saturday 9th March, 12:45PM – 7:00PM

Venue: Avalon Pavilion, Taita Drive, Lower Hutt

This event is in collaboration with

Upper South

Watch this space!

Your Regional Coordinator, Denise, is organising some wonderful events for Upper South caregivers this April. We’re looking forward to releasing more details to you as they are confirmed. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury

rangiora / waikuku caregiver lunch (REGISTRATIONS NOW FULL!)

ADULTS ONLY

Lunch is on us! Join us for some caregiver connection time and kai. We will provide a delicious set menu lunch, which includes two meats, two salads, fries, and a sweet treat to finish.

Date and Time: Friday 1st March, 11:30AM-2:30PM

Venue: The Office Cafe, 1429 Main North Road, Waikuku

Christchurch Pamper and Pudding

Adults Only

You deserve some R&R, so come along to our pamper and pudding evening! You’ll be in for a treat.

Date and Time: Tuesday 5th March, 5:30PM-9:30PM

Venue: Salvation Army Building, 250 Colombo Street, Sydenham

RSVPs for Rangiora and Christchurch events close 26 February

Ashburton caregiver dinner

Adults Only

Join us for an incredible dinner at Smoke Restaurant. We will cover the cost of your main meal.

Date and Time: Friday 8th March, 6:00PM-8:00PM

Venue: Smoke Restaurant, 231 Cameron Street

Timaru Coffee and Dessert

Adults Only

Who doesn’t love coffee and a sweet treat? We’re shouting afternoon tea, so come grab a hot drink and something yummy.

Date and Time: Saturday 9th March, 3:00PM-5:00PM

Venue: Benny’s Again, 312 Otipua Road, Highfield, Timaru

RSVPs for Ashburton and Timaru events close 1 March

Lower South

RSVPs for all Lower South events close on 3 March

Central Otago / Queenstown Caregiver DInner (REGISTRATIONS NOW FULL)

Family Friendly

Dinner is on us!  Enjoy an extraordinary dining experience at The Stoaker Room, with its unique New Zealand cuisine and the innovative barrel cooking method.

Date and Time: Friday 8th March, 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Venue: The Stoaker Room, 180 State Highway 8B, Cromwell

Dunedin Pamper and Pudding

Adults Only

Dunedin, you loved our pamper and pudding evening last year, so we’re doing it again for 2024! Treat yourself to a soothing head and shoulder massage, followed by indulging in the finest sweets from Dunedin.

Date and Time: Saturday 9th March, 5:30PM – 9:00PM

Venue: AYU Community Space, 7 Crawford Street, Central Dunedin

Invercargill Meditation and Mingle

Adults Only

Immerse yourself in tranquility as we journey through a guided meditation led by local yogi, Maria Courane from Heart Breath Yoga. Afterwards, enjoy a thoughtfully curated grazing table and refreshing drinks with fellow caregivers.

Date and Time: Sunday 10th March, 5:30PM – 9:00PM

Venue: 1/28 Windsor St, Invercargill