Welcome to Birthright NZ

Birthright believes that all children have the right to a happy, secure and loving home environment. 

We understand the diversity of whanau in our communities. We specialise in working with families led by one person.

Through our work we help create nurtured, resilient and inspired children, and families, by walking alongside the whole family to facilitate the growth of confidence, enhance living skills and a sense of independence and self-help within the family unit. 

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To mark its relaunch, late last month Birthright Marlborough celebrated by holding a shindig at Riversdale Community Centre in Blenheim for families, committee, staff and supporters. 

Bouncy Castles, an Easter Egg Hunt and other outdoor activities were the order of the day, which was made all the more enjoyable by the fantastic weather. 

Birthright Marlborough Coordinator Kim Freeth said the event was a wonderful way to mark the occasion and wanted to thank all that came out to enjoy the day. 

She also wanted to give special mention to all those who had tirelessly worked behind the scenes to get Birthright Marlborough back up and running. 

"It has been a long journey, and without the help and support of people like our President Pam Woodward and the Committee it just would not have been possible. Knowing we have the support of the wider community has also meant the world to us, and we are looking forward to our future and supporting all those families we work alongside."

Birthright Ashburton Celebrates Children's Day

It was all about the children when Birthright Ashburton helped host a family-friendly fun day to mark Children's Day 2015.

In fact not only was the event enjoyed by many members of the community, but behind the scenes its a real community affair too with many local organisations, businesses and individuals donating time and resources to ensure the day's success. 

Train, motorcycle trike and the army jeep rides all proved popular activities on the day, along with the craft activity tent, face painting and the famous lolly scramble and treasure hunt.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Spongebob and Harold made special guest appearances, much to the delight of the many young children enjoying the festivities. 

Birthright Ashburton would like to thank everyone who made the day such a success, including its sponsors, supporters and volunteers - and of course all the wonderful children and families who came out to celebrate Children's Day 2015. 
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Birthright in your area


Birthright New Zealand comprises 14 regional member societies. 

Each member society is autonomous and offers a range of services.

Click here to find the Birthright in your region

Free GP visits for under 13s

From July 1st 2015 thanks to the Zero Fees for Under 13s Scheme this age group:

  • are no longer charged a fee for most general practice doctor visits
  • do not have to pay the standard $5 prescription fee
  • have access to free after hours care

If you would like to know more about the scheme and how it works please visit the Ministry of Health website by clicking HERE.

All Rentals must be insulated by 2019

Government have announced that all residential rental properties must be insulated by landlords within the next four years.

Another important change to the Residential Tenancy Law sees smoke alarms becoming mandatory for all rentals from July 2016.

Stronger powers to prosecute landlords who do not comply with the law, especially if it is a health and safety risk, have also been included in legislation.

If you would like to read more about these changes please click HERE.

Student Allowance changes for sole parents

From July 1, 2015 all Solo Parents receiving a student allowance will now be entitled to the same amount of Accommodation Supplement they would receive if on a benefit.

Previously entitlements for those receiving an accommodation supplement in conjunction with their student allowance were receiving up to $165 less in accommodation supplement when compared to those receiving a benefit. 

A further adjustment, which is scheduled to happen later this year, will also mean sole parent students will no longer have their child support arrangements disrupted if they access a benefit during the summer break. Meaning that they will be able to keep any child support given to them at this time without it being offset against their benefit.

Waiving the current stand down period from transitioning to a benefit from a Student Allowance for sole parent students is also scheduled to come into effect in late 2016.

To read more about these changes please click HERE.

Car Rego rates drop

Don't forget from July 1, 2015, the cost of car registration is set to drop substantially. 

This is due to the fact that the ACC levy portion of your car registration is now calculated using a new safety related tier system which is based on the make, model and age of your car.

Through the new tier system the ACC levy cost portion of your car registration is set to drop by an average of 41 percent.

ACC recently released a document which outlines what you can expect to pay come July !st. Click HERE to find out exactly how much you can save.




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Your local Birthright: 
Free call: 0800 457 146

National Office phone: 04 802 5377
National Office fax:      04 385 4698
P.O. Box 6302
Marion Square
Wellington 6141