Birthright believes that all children have the right to a happy, secure and loving home environment. 

Birthright understands 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. 

backtoschool-604 Families struggle to secure school necessities

School fees- check, school books –check, school uniform – check, these are words that no doubt many a parent is uttering as they methodically tick off all the necessities that are needed for their child to start the school year right.

But for some kiwi families this task is being made all the more harder by the fact that they do not have the funds to cover the costs for school necessities.

Charities and social services, were doing all they can to ensure that families in this situation were getting the help they needed, but many more families continued to sit on waiting lists in a desperate attempt to ensure their children would not miss out.

One such person is mother of four Raewyn from Canterbury who told The Press newspaper that on her income, making ends meets was incredibly tough - especially during this time of year.

Raewyn said during Christmas she had, had to scrimp and save to get by and now that the schooling year was upon her it was an uphill battle coming up with funds for her three school aged children.

In fact, after paying all the necessary bills she didn't even have enough to pay the $15 a week needed to pay off school costs by automatic payment as that money was needed for food.

“Asking for help makes you feel small, but at the end of the day you get what the child needs,” Raewyn told The Press.

Liz from the Hutt Valley knows all too well how financially tough this time of the year can be, so in the last few years has made a conscious effort to minimise the financial sting that can strike at this time of year.

“I am a solo mum of three and back when I was on the benefit I used to put $5 a fortnight away on the two Christmas Clubs I was a member of. I also opened up a separate savings account and put in whatever I could which would help pay for any extra bills that crop up.”

Liz was the first to admit it was definitely hard to do this when things were already financially tight, but putting a couple of dollars aside each week had definitely paid off for her when the Christmas and school costs hit.

Sarah Hannan, a single working mum, followed similar patterns.

“I don’t earn a whole lot so putting a small amount away into the Pak n Save Christmas Club for Christmas and school costs is my saving grace. I also give a family member $5 a fortnight which I dip into if a school trip comes up and I need to pay for it.”

For information on how to join up to Christmas Saving Clubs please click on the links below:

The Warehouse Christmas Club 

Pak n Save Christmas Club

Countdown Christmas Club vouchers

New World Christmas Club


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.


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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

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.


Variety Gold Heart Scholarship applications open

Variety - The Children's Charity are now accepting applications for its Gold Heart Scholarship programme, which offers financial support to talented Kiwi kids who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

Recipients of the scholarship could receive up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of three years, as well as being buddied up with a leading professional or celebrity mentor who will work with them to reach their goals.

To apply applicants must be:
  • under 18
  • already be achieving to a very high standard in their chosen field
  • show passion and dedication to achieve their goals 

If you think you have got what it takes, or know of someone who fits the criteria, please click HERE to download an application form.

For more information on the scholarship please click HERE. Applications close on Tuesday 31st of March, 2015 at 5pm.



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