Tena Koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa,

I must say, it feels like quite an achievement to have reached the end of 2021 with a year so full of challenges! It feels very good to know the holiday season is around the corner and for those of you with Auckland whānau, some long-anticipated connection. Maybe COVID-19 impacts weren’t your biggest challenge, but instead, it continued to be the day-to-day struggles of caring for your tamariki (children) in care?

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

In early November, I was involved with supporting some caregivers through meetings with the Independent Children’s Monitor group who report on the experiences of caregivers, tamariki and social workers in the care system. Even under incredible duress at times, the core things that seem to keep caregivers going was simply their vision of a better life for their tamariki and themselves. This highlights the importance of having hope in our lives and my belief in “To everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven … a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes)

Following this, I have made a huge decision about this season in my life. After six years, I will be finishing my role as Regional Coordinator with Caring Families Aotearoa. I have been so fortunate to work for such a caring organisation alongside a wonderful array of colleagues. To have been a small part of Caring Families Aotearoa’s evolution as a highly-skilled service around therapeutic practice has been a huge thrill for me. My values have carried me through my mahi (work); upholding the mana and taonga that our tamariki are and my unwavering belief in the potential of people. Central to everything has been you, the Caregivers. For the times I have worked alongside you and for all you’ve taught me, ngā mihi nui (thank you so much).

Let’s Meet for a Coffee

I’d love to touch base with you. I am inviting you to come along for a coffee on Tuesday 14th December at 10.00 am for a final farewell at Vintage Industries, (97 King Street). Please text me if you’re able to come – 0272856015. Please note, you will need to scan in using the COVID tracer app and have your vaccination pass available to be verified.  

Hei kona mai (Goodbye for now)

Kia kaha, kia hauora, me kia atawhai (Be strong, be healthy, and be kind)


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.

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North West Support Closed Facebook Group