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.

Lyn Patterson mayor(copy)Birthright People: Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson

Lobbying for local government issues has always been important to Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson and while this is only her first term in the role she is no stranger to advocating for community issues.

Prior to stepping into her role, Lyn served as an urban councillor for Masterton in 2007 and 2010, but felt it was time to put her hat into the ring for the top job after a potential amalgamation with other Wairarapa councils was floated – with the proposal currently sitting before the Local Government Commission.

“I could likely be the last Mayor of Masterton, so want to ensure I am providing a strong voice when advocating for the issues that affect our community.

“We don’t really know what our Council is going to look like over the next year, but I am determined and committed to do the very best for the people who elected me.”

Lyn says although local issues have always been important her, becoming the mouthpiece of such issues was something she had to grow into.

“Luckily for me I had a good role model in my Mother who always maintained her proud and independent streak, despite my father passing away and leaving her to raise seven kids alone. I know of one organisation that helped my Mum achieve this - Birthright.

“Especially during those early years of my dad’s passing, I know it wasn’t always easy for Mum and she is definitely a person who doesn’t like to ask for help. But I’m happy to say she did make an exception for Birthright as she felt they helped us out in a practical and non-intrusive way.”

Although Lyn says she was lucky enough to have a positive role model in her Mother, she also developed her own sense of self-determination that kept her achieving the goals throughout years.

“One lesson I have learnt over time is that if it feels right then it usually is. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone – you’ll gain knowledge and confidence if you do.

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

family justice website pic(copy)New Family Justice Website

The Ministry of Justice have recently launched its new Family Justice Website.

The website has a lot of useful information on things like:
  • Separation
  • Relationship Property
  • Getting a divorce
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Legal Aid
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting through Separation
  • Information on the Family Court

To view the website please click here

Herna Haron(copy)(copy)A warm welcome

Birthright National Office would like to extend a warm welcome to Herni Haron our new Office Administrator.

Herni, who is originally from Singapore, has been working in the finance and administration sector for the past 20 years and moved to New Zealand with her family in 2007.

When Herni is not at work she enjoys spending time with her two boys as well as in the garden - when Wellington weather behaves that is! Welcome aboard Herni.




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