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.
Single mother's brave fight against terminal cancer
When Christchurch single mother of four Tash Thomas couldn’t shake a cold that had been lingering for months she knew something was wrong and needed to go to the doctors.
But little did the bubbly 36-year-old mother know that further tests would lead to a diagnosis of an aggressive cancer called Adenocarcinoma the most common form of lung cancer for lifelong non-smokers.
Unfortunately for Tash by the time doctors caught it the cancer had spread to her lungs and kidneys which left her with a prognosis of only months to live - at best.
Despite receiving the devastating news in February Tash has continued to remain positive and is determined to make the most of the time she has left with her family and friends.
Something that isn’t always easy to achieve when you are going through radiotherapy and chemotherapy on a regular basis.
“I’m not going to deny that this isn’t hard and I definitely have my good days and my bad, but I am determined to get the best out of life and be there for my kids because I know this is very, very tough for them.”
She is also determined to show how incredibly grateful she is to everyone who has reached out to her following the diagnosis.
“I have just been so blown away by the generosity of so many people in my community who have held all kinds of fundraisers and given us wonderful, wonderful gifts and because of this my family and I have been able to enjoy lots of laughs and special moments.
“I guess knowing that there are lots and lots of people looking out for my children has helped me make peace with my situation and I am just concentrating all my efforts on spending as much time as possible with them so we can create heaps and heaps of precious memories.”
President's Column - Finding our voice
The White Paper for Vulnerable Children released by Ministry of Social Development
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Myths and Facts: Sole Parents and the DPB
The Child Poverty Action Group, an independent charity working to eliminate child poverty, has put out a factsheet on the Myths and Facts on Sole Parents and the DPB. Read all about it by clicking here.
The New Zealand Law Society encouraged by positive amendments to the Family Court Proceedings Bill
Following the Bill's first reading the New Zealand Law Society is pleased Justice Minister Judith Collins has listened to concerns expressed at the Select Committee and come up with a number of amendments to the Bill.
Proposed Family Court Proceedings Bill amendments include:
Birthright NZ's submission on the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill
Government says The Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill which passed its first reading in Parliament in early December 2012 aims to modernise the family justice system by making it more accessible to those who need it the most - the children.
The significant reforms set out in the Bill are:
Birthright NZ has made a submission on the Bill, to read it please click here
If you would like to read more about the Family Court Proceedings Bill please click here
Links to stories on the Family Court Proceedings Bill
Children deserve a voice in Court - New Zealand Herald
Proposed changes to Family Court will make it less accessible - New Zealand Law Society
Information source: www.justice.govt.