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.
Spreading the Christmas cheer
Christmas is a time for giving – something The Professionals Doublewinkel Real Estate takes literally.
Every year, roughly a month out from Christmas, the real estate agency collects Christmas presents which are kindly donated by staff and members of the community, which are then passed onto Birthright Societies around the Kapiti region.
The agency came up with the present drive six years ago because they wanted to find a way to give back to the community, while having fun at the same time.
“It’s great because every year it creates a bit of fun and excitement in the office and of course it is all for a good cause, “ Doublewinkel Real Estate director Eddie Winkel said.
“Over the years we have watched it grow, and this year we are aiming to collect 2000 gifts that we can then pass on.”
Birthright Kapiti, one Society who received the donated gifts, were just as excited to be part of the drive.
“It’s very hard to beat seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids who receive the presents, so we are always so incredibly grateful when we receive donations like this,“ Birthright Kapiti manager Leonie Murch said.
“For a lot of the families we support, Christmas can be a really tough time, so we really want to thank everyone who donates a gift for the cause, because it really does make a difference.”
Birthright Hawke's Bay Annual Toy Run
The Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care annual toy run was once again a wonderful success with more than 200 toys collected during the event.
The event which is in its 27th year is something Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care looks forward to each year, and sees a fleet of motorcyclists take a casual ride through Hastings, Havelock North, Clive and Napier before stopping at Anderson Park in Greenmeadows for something to eat and to drop off the donated toys they have collected for Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care.
During their stop, for a small donation motorcyclists receive a toy run badge for participating - with funds raised from this netting $250 this year.
Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care practice manager Sharon Allan said receiving this money was an extra bonus and meant they would be able to purchase even more toys to ensure all clients received a gift.
“Every year we are just so grateful for all the generous donations, and it’s great because we get to do it in a fun way, where everyone who is involved really gets into it.”
All donated gifts are scheduled to be given out to families at the end of the year.
Study on The Quality of Life of New Zealand Single Mothers - findings released
Last year AUT post-grad student Julie Walker invited all solo mothers to participate in a study on the well-being of single mothers in New Zealand.
The study was the first of its kind in New Zealand, and Julie decided to undertake research on the topic in the hopes of making a real difference to the general health and well-being of single mothers around the country.
Julie recently released a summary of her research with the main result confirming that single mothers have lower quality of life (QOL) scores, coupled with higher stress level scores, when compared to single childless women.
Survey results also showed solo mothers who used social support networks and self-efficacy, had a better chance of protecting themselves against the health challenges women in their position often faced.
Julie plans to release a more detailed analysis of her research at a later date - we will keep you posted. She also wished to extend her thanks to all those who participated in the survey.
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Child Support is changing
Child Support law changes come into effect next year with the first stage of changes scheduled for 1 April 2014. Further changes will be implemented from 1 April 2015.
Key changes taking effect from 1 April 2014
To find out more about these changes and the ones that take effect from 1 April 2015 please click 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.