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. 


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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shiftwork-685New childcare model to aid solo parents into work

An exciting new employment and childcare project CareEd4, which aims to help sole parents enter and remain in the workforce is on its way thanks to the support of the Ākina Foundation's inaugural Launchpad programme.

Under the new inititiave, the developers of the model the Substainable Business Council, along with Barnardos KidStart Childcare will look at ways of establishling a childcare model which is responsive to the needs of parents who may be undertaking shiftwork or working outside normal business hours - as currently there is very few childcare options available which cater to this.

Through the project though, the team will come up with sustainable and afforable childcare options for parents in this position, with children aged between 0-13 years old.

Developers of the project aim to pilot the progarmme in early 2015, with Countdown supermarkets putting their hand up to be the first ones to implement the programme.

To read more about the CareEd4 project please click HERE.

To read more about how the Akina Foundation's Launchpad programme works and is aiding the CareEd4 project please click HERE.


 

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

Birthright Named HealthPost's Charity of the Month


Exciting news! HealthPost,  an online one stop health shop, has chosen Birthright NZ as its "Charity of the Month" during the month of March 2015.

To show your support all you need to do is place an order with them, via their website, and HealthPost will donate up to $2 from this order to us.

HealthPost have a great selection of reasonably priced products including chia seeds and cacao powder to vitamins and natural make-up.

To check out their full range and place an order 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.


Report shows family violence and affordable housing issues

According to a report released by The Salvation Army, family violence along with a shortage of affordable housing solutions has become a growing problem in New Zealand.

The 2015 State of the Nation Report - A Mountain All Can Climb, calls for the Government to do more to address these issues, as evidence shows that current family violence and housing affordability initiatives introduced by the government were not making the grade - affecting the health and well being of children and their families.

Despite these less than pleasing findings, it wasn't all bad news as the report also showed that crime rates, the unemployment rate and teen pregnancies had all fallen, while income levels were rising. 

To read the Salvation Army's full 2015 State of the Nation Report: A Mountain All Can Climb please click HERE.


 

 

 

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