Birthright believes that all children have the right to a happy, secure and loving home environment.  We work with families to facilitate the growth of confidence, skills and resilience within the family unit and its individual members.

Birthright understands the diversity of whanau in our communities: Most children in New Zealand will live in a home that is not comprised of a mother and a father at some point in their life. Birthright supports families and whanau in order that everyone has the opportunity to realise their full potential.

BR Foxton cafe photos(copy)Birthright Foxton gains support from local cafe

To show its support for the local Birthright Society, McEwens Cafe Main Street in Foxton have decided to make a generous donation.

To collect the funds all afghan biscuits sold during the next month will go directly to Birthright Foxton - one of the cafe's top sellers.

The owner of the cafe, Mrs Rae McEwen, decided to start the fundraising campaign after personally benefiting from some of the services Birthright Foxton offered when she was a child.

"We are really happy to be part of this and to get the community involved too. They are such a great organisation and it is nice that they can get something back for all the good work that they do."

The cafe have also placed a donation box on the counter where customers are able to donate even if they don't purchase a biscuit, Mrs McEwen said. 

Best practice and standards - social work practice group (2)(copy)(copy)(copy)National Forum - Three key themes

Sharing experiences, open communication and looking to the future were three key themes running through Birthright NZ’s two-day National Forum which was held in Wellington recently.

The conference was well attended with almost all 15 member societies sending representatives, which allowed for proactive discussion on these key themes.

Feedback from the conference has been very positive with attendees saying it had been a great opportunity to share ideas and come together in a positive space.

The focus on the first day saw each Member Society providing an update on what was going on in its patch, followed by shared group discussions in the afternoon around standards, best practice and infrastructure.

Day two’s focus centred on what Birthright NZ may look like in the future and methods/strategies we could adopt to embrace change while still remaining true to our core values.

Birthright NZ National Office, as well as the Board, would like to thank everyone who came along to share their ideas and thoughts.

fire service photo(copy)Birthright Wanganui benefit from free smoke alarms

Staying fire safe just got easier for Birthright families in Wanganui thanks to the local fire service providing and installing free smoke alarms.

The initiative, which has been made possible through a MOU between the two organisations, has been running for about five months now and to date 28 alarms have been fitted in the homes of Birthright Wanganui families with more families scheduled to receive the same treatment in the near future.

When fitting the alarms the fire service also work out a family evacuation plan, assess fire risks and talk with children about general fire safety awareness.

Birthright Wanganui Manager Barbara Young said the benefits of the initiative had been well received by families and was extremely thankful to the local fire service for initiating the programme.

“It’s just a really great initiative because they cover off a number of areas of safety through the programme. It really helps the families who are unable to provide this protection themselves.”

Birthright in your area


Birthright New Zealand comprises 15 regional member societies. 

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

Click here to find the Birthright in your region

Election 2014Election 2014 - NGO sector message

In the lead up to this year's Election ComVoices, a network consisting of national organisations in the community and voluntary sector, have put together an election brief which can be used as a blueprint when meeting with political parties.

Within the brief three key issues have been identified these are:

  • Leave no one behind
  • Strong communities need strong community organisations
  • A capable and substainable community sector

As Birthright NZ is part of the ComVoices network, we support these three key messages. 

To download a copy of a summary of these three key messages please click here

To download the full ComVoices pre-election briefing please click here



Childrens Action Plan(copy)Vulnerable Children's Bill now law

The Vulnerable Children’s Bill which aims to ensure that Aotearoa’s most at risk children are top priority when it comes to accessing vital services and support was passed into law on June 19.

Through the Act 30 specific initiatives are outlined within the Children’s Action Plan with the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development, Justice and Police frontline staff being directly accountable for successfully providing these services.

One of the main initiatives within the legislation is the introduction of 10 new children’s teams which will provide a coordinated group of social services to children who are identified as being at-risk.

Other measures include new vetting and screening checks for government and community agency staff working with children, switching the onus onto parents who have killed or severely abused or neglected their children, with them now having to prove they are fit to parent subsquent children, and measures put in place to ensure greater clarity around family group conference plans.

To find out more on the Children’s Action plan visit:



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