Parents support

Parenting support

  • Support services, information, links, resources and more to help parents, family and whānau from the moment your pepī is born.
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ACROSS(external link)(external link)
ACROSS is an Anglican, Catholic and Community support service providing social work, counselling and foster care services to families in the Palmerston North area. Phone 06 356 7486 or email enquiries@

Barnardos New Zealand(external link)(external link) Freephone 0800 BARNARDOS. Provides child and family services in communities around the country.

Catholic Social Services (Dunedin & Central Otago) (external link)
They have courses, support groups and individual parent mentors available to help you with this job. Courses include: parenting toolbox, parenting for dads, parent mentoring and whānau caregiver support. Office hours 9–5 Monday to Friday. Freephone 0800 CSSNOW or 0800277669.

Cure Kids – Child Health Research Foundation(external link)(external link) 
North island phone (09) 370 0222. South island phone (09) 370 0222. Organization focused on raising funds for vital medical research to find cures for kids illnesses and diseases. 

Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC): Immunisation facts and advice(external link)(external link)
Freephone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863), weekdays 9am-4.30pm. Provides information, education, news, resources and more.

Kellymom(external link)(external link) 
Provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting, also includes a Facebook Support Group.(external link)(external link)

Kidshealth – Parent Support Groups A to Z(external link)(external link) 
Links to New Zealand support groups for disabilities, health impairments, special needs and disorders.

Nāku Ēnei Tamariki(external link)(external link)
Naku Enei Tamariki Inc (NET) is a not-for-profit agency with a range of culturally appropriate parenting programmes and support groups that focus on specific service provision to Maori, Pacific, Pakeha and all other communities.
Parent to Parent New Zealand Inc.(external link)(external link) 
Freephone 0508 236 236. Advice, information and support to parents of children with any disorder. Can also put you in touch with other families living with the same condition.

Parents Centres NZ Inc(external link)(external link) 
Phone (04) 233 2022. Support networks and education throughout the exciting yet uncertain months of pregnancy and the early months and years of becoming a parent. 

Parent Help(external link)(external link)
Phone 0800 568 856. Provide help with all parenting issues from the smallest to the most serious issue of child abuse.

Parenting Place(external link)(external link)
Parenting Place is here to walk alongside you and your whānau from the moment your little one is born, until the time they raise tamariki of their own. Whether you have a newborn, a teenager, a troupe of grandkids, or nieces and nephews, we have a range of programmes, courses, camps and resources, tailored for you and your whānau.

Raising Children(external link)(external link)
Raising Children Media Ltd is a media company set up to support parents by providing them with quality video content about everyday subjects.

Royal NZ Plunket Society Inc.(external link)(external link) 
Freephone Plunketline on 0800 933 922. Universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity, location or ability to pay.

The Trust Tararua(external link)(external link)
A one-stop shop for supporting families through pregnancy, parenting, and family challenges for people living in the Tararua area. Phone 06 376 7608 or email

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