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February 2024 Caregiver News: Upper North Region

photo of Leanne-Brownie from the Upper North region

RuruHana Brownie
Upper North
Regional Coordinator
Ph: 09 283 9483 / M: 027 566 0294

Ngā mihi mahana mo te Tau Hōu Pākehā!/Warm acknowledgements for the Pākehā new year

We’re over half way through our Tau Māori (Māori year) with harvests of beans, peas and riwai (potato) well underway at our kainga (home)-I’ve made my first batches of fermented vegetables (great for that gut health)!!

What’s in your Mārakai (vege garden) at the moment? Planting, digging, weeding and harvesting are so rewarding (great exercise too) and our mokopuna love to be involved, especially harvesting!!


Our support groups will run from my Whangārei office (16A Finlayson Street) on the first Monday of the month (except public holidays)10.30am – 12noon.  Let me know if you’re interested in hosting a support group in your rohe (area) and I’ll help you to set one up.

A group for whānau/family living with FASD will be held every last Thursday of every second month, starting 29 February, 12.30-2pm, at my office (16A Finlayson Street, Whangārei). Email or message me (027 566 0294) if you are planning to attend.



All the information you need about our training courses can be found on our website below. We’ve recently updated this part of our website to include more information, including a frequently asked questions section, and feedback from other caregivers. 

To go directly to the training calendar for Upper North, click below.


The first week of March is Foster Care Awareness Week!

Foster Care Awareness Week is held every March to celebrate YOU, our wonderful caregiver members who put in the mahi (work) every day to care for some of Aotearoa’s most vulnerable children.

I hope you will join me on Tuesday 5th March in Whāngarei for a Caregivers lunch, on us! Kia whakanuia e tātou ngā mahi ataahua e mahia nei e koutou katoa/ Let’s celebrate the beautiful mahi you all do!

To find out more or register, please click below.

Kia pai tōu marama (Have a good month)