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

 
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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

Thank you HealthPost NZ!


Birthright NZ has received a healthy donation just shy of $6000 from HealthPost NZ, a one-stop online health store.

The welcome donation was made possible after HealthPost named Birthright as its charity of the month - during March, which meant for every order they received, up to $2 was donated to Birthright.

Birthright president Phillipa Ballard said it never ceased to amaze her when community minded organisations, such as HealthPost, showed their support by offering initiatives such as this.

"We are just so grateful to them, as well as all those that placed an order during the month of March. Thank you so much HealthPost!"

Funds will go towards supporting the families Birthright works with. 

Paid Parental Leave Extended

New parents who welcome a child into the world from April 1, 2015 are now entitled to 16 weeks paid parental leave - two weeks more than what was previously offered.

Further adjustments to Paid Parental Leave have also seen the Parental Tax Credit increased to $220 a week - an increase of $70 per week, with individuals who are entitled to this being able to claim for this for 10 weeks as opposed to eight weeks.

The Government have said the changes are the first instalment of adjustments they hope to make to paid parental leave, stating plans to extend leave by another two weeks by April 1, 2016.

To find out more about these changes and entitlements please click HERE


Child Support Changes from April 2015


Child Support laws are set to change from 1 April 2015.

The key change to the law will now see both parent's income, living situation and amount they care for the child/ren assessed during the calculation formula, whereas previously only the paying parent's details were taken into account.

To find out more about how these changes might affect you and what you need to do, IRD have put together a short video on the key changes. Click HERE to take a look. 

For further information you can also go to the Inland Revenue Department's website by clicking HERE.


 

 

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National Office phone: 04 802 5377
National Office fax:      04 385 4698
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Wellington 6141