Welcome to Birthright NZ


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


We understand 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. 


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To mark its relaunch, late last month Birthright Marlborough celebrated by holding a shindig at Riversdale Community Centre in Blenheim for families, committee, staff and supporters. 

Bouncy Castles, an Easter Egg Hunt and other outdoor activities were the order of the day, which was made all the more enjoyable by the fantastic weather. 

Birthright Marlborough Coordinator Kim Freeth said the event was a wonderful way to mark the occasion and wanted to thank all that came out to enjoy the day. 

She also wanted to give special mention to all those who had tirelessly worked behind the scenes to get Birthright Marlborough back up and running. 

"It has been a long journey, and without the help and support of people like our President Pam Woodward and the Committee it just would not have been possible. Knowing we have the support of the wider community has also meant the world to us, and we are looking forward to our future and supporting all those families we work alongside."


Birthright Ashburton Celebrates Children's Day


It was all about the children when Birthright Ashburton helped host a family-friendly fun day to mark Children's Day 2015.

In fact not only was the event enjoyed by many members of the community, but behind the scenes its a real community affair too with many local organisations, businesses and individuals donating time and resources to ensure the day's success. 

Train, motorcycle trike and the army jeep rides all proved popular activities on the day, along with the craft activity tent, face painting and the famous lolly scramble and treasure hunt.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Spongebob and Harold made special guest appearances, much to the delight of the many young children enjoying the festivities. 

Birthright Ashburton would like to thank everyone who made the day such a success, including its sponsors, supporters and volunteers - and of course all the wonderful children and families who came out to celebrate Children's Day 2015. 
 
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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

*BUDGET 2015*

What you need to know


New initiatives announced that are set to kick in from April 1st 2016:
  • Families with children on a benefit will receive an increase of $25 a week after tax.
  • Those receiving a sole parent benefit will be expected to be available to work 20 hours per week when their youngest child turns three - two years earlier than the current expectation.
  • Working families on a low income (under $36,350) will receive an increase of between $12.50 to $24.50 a week from their working for families payment.
  • Working families on a low income will be eligible to claim a $5 per hour subsidy rate, as opposed to the current $4 per hour, for up to 50 hours per week, per child.

Other announcements made:
  • Over the next four years the Government plans to scrap $1.7 billion of penalties owed for child support.
  • Beneficiaries who have part-time work obligations are now expected to find 20 hours per week - up from the current 15 hours per week. 
  • The $1000 kick start for starting a KiwiSaver account is gone, however the Government will still match savings up to $521 per year.

Car Rego Rates Drop


Don't forget from July 1, 2015, the cost of car registration is set to drop substantially. 

This is due to the fact that the ACC levy portion of your car registration is now calculated using a new safety related tier system which is based on the make, model and age of your car.

Through the new tier system the ACC levy cost portion of your car registration is set to drop by an average of 41 percent.

ACC recently released a document which outlines what you can expect to pay come July !st. Click HERE to find out exactly how much you can save.

 

Child Support Changes from April 2015


Child Support laws are set to change from 1 April 2015.

The key change to the law will now see both parent's income, living situation and amount they care for the child/ren assessed during the calculation formula, whereas previously only the paying parent's details were taken into account.

To find out more about how these changes might affect you and what you need to do, IRD have put together a short video on the key changes. Click HERE to take a look. 

For further information you can also go to the Inland Revenue Department's website by clicking HERE.


 

 

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National Office phone: 04 802 5377
National Office fax:      04 385 4698
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Wellington 6141