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Kia ora,

Welcome to the Whiringa-ā-nuku (October) Snippets.

We have almost made it through this incredible year and we are on the home straight! I have run out of words to try and say how I feel about the way the world has changed this year. As time goes by, I take more pleasure in the ordinary things in my life that haven’t changed and I find I need to keep closer tabs on my own physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. I hope you are doing the same?

Teena Bennett
North West RC
06 281 1642 or 027 285 6015

Plane Analogy

Kia kaha, kia hauora, me kia atawhai / Be strong, be healthy and be kind.

This quote reminds me of the plane analogy “apply your own oxygen mask first so you can help others with theirs”.

Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language week) has just finished as I write this. It was great to hear Te Reo being spoken around me by my colleagues, friends, whānau, and TVNZ television). The presenters were amazing. It seems we as a nation are all on a journey (at some level) trying to integrate the use of Te Reo into our day to day lives.

You will see and hear more use of Te Reo and Te Ao Maori (the Maori world view) in training now which brings diverse meaning and consideration to some of the things we discuss. My efforts to increase my knowledge are sincere and curious and I appreciate caregivers and my colleagues who gently correct me when needed. 

With COVID-19, it has been very difficult to plan for any events. However, I’m hopeful a Christmas event and/or school holiday gatherings will be able to go ahead now we are in level one. Please get in touch if you have any good ideas or would like to be involved with our events!

Family Fun Days

FAMILY FUN DAYS are going ahead this year! I look forward to joining caregivers in Whanganui and New Plymouth at this year’s events.


I know some of you are a little wary of venturing out with the threat of COVID-19, so we’ve had to postpone some of our training. I’m hoping with all the new training opportunities being offered now, you’ll want to come to listen and discuss the new topics. If you don’t see any training advertised locally, please get in touch with me if there is a topic you want to attend. Here’s what’s available in Term Four: 

Learning Opportunities

Dates for your diary

PACE Support Group
Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy

Join other caregivers for support and a focus on trauma informed care.

– Wednesday 14 October
– Wednesday 11 November

Time: 10.30am
Location: Caring Families Aotearoa office, Taranaki Disability and Info Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth (Walk around to the back of the building through the glass door).

Coffee and tea provided.

Any questions, please contact: Teenab@caringfamilies.org.nz or 0272856015.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Diane facilitates the group on Thursdays once a fortnight. It’s a supportive and informal environment where like-minded caregivers can gather.

Term 3 Dates:
– Thursday 15 October
– Thursday 29 October
– Thursday 12 November

Time: 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Venue: Barnardo Meeting Room, 186 Tukapa Street, Westown, New Plymouth

Contact Diane Richardson: dianebazuka@gmail.com or 0211851097.

Ka kite,


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