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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Keen to have your say about Family Violence Laws in New Zealand?

Well now you can, with the release of: Strengthening New Zealand’s legislative response to family violence: a public discussion document.

At this stage the discussion document sets out preliminary ideas and questions, as opposed to proposed reforms, with a range of issues covered broken down into five parts. These include: victim safety, understanding family violence, prosecuting family violence perpetrators, an additional pathway to safety, and better services for victims, perpetrators and whanau.

To read the full discussion document, along with the summary document click HERE.

To have your say on the discussion document click HERE.

Submissions close 18 September, 2015.

To aid you in your submission The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse have put together a helpful reading guide, which also provides access to relevant research and statistics from both here and overseas. To access this resource please click HERE.

The discussion document is the first step in a process. After the consultation process closes, Ministry of Justice officials will collate all the information collected and then provide policy options to the Justice Minister.

The Justice Minister will then have the opportunity, if she wishes, to seek Cabinet’s agreement to her preferred options.

If these options are agreed upon by both parties a Bill will be drafted – which would then allow the submission process to take place via the Parliamentary Select Committee.

For information on the Strengthening New Zealand’s legislative response to family violence: a public discussion document please click HERE.


Lady Janine Mateparae visits Birthright Childcare Centre


Birthright NZ's Patron, Lady Janine Mateparae, recently paid a visit to Birthright Hawkes Bay Child & Family Care’s Early childhood Centre Swinburn House.

Check out the pictures below to see what Lady Janine and the children got up to during her visit. 

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Birthright in your area

 
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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

Birthright NZ AGM

 

The 54th Annual General Meeting for Birthright NZ will be held on October 17th, 2015.

Invitation to attend extended to: Member Societies, Honorary Life Members and National Executive.

Where: Chancellor 6 Conference Room, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor,
Level 17, 147 The Terrace, Wellington.

When: 1pm on October 17th, 2015.


All Rentals must be insulated by 2019

Government have announced that all residential rental properties must be insulated by landlords within the next four years.

Another important change to the Residential Tenancy Law sees smoke alarms becoming mandatory for all rentals from July 2016.

Stronger powers to prosecute landlords who do not comply with the law, especially if it is a health and safety risk, have also been included in legislation.

If you would like to read more about these changes please click HERE.

Student Allowance changes for sole parents

From July 1, 2015 all Solo Parents receiving a student allowance will now be entitled to the same amount of Accommodation Supplement they would receive if on a benefit.

Previously entitlements for those receiving an accommodation supplement in conjunction with their student allowance were receiving up to $165 less in accommodation supplement when compared to those receiving a benefit. 

A further adjustment, which is scheduled to happen later this year, will also mean sole parent students will no longer have their child support arrangements disrupted if they access a benefit during the summer break. Meaning that they will be able to keep any child support given to them at this time without it being offset against their benefit.

Waiving the current stand down period from transitioning to a benefit from a Student Allowance for sole parent students is also scheduled to come into effect in late 2016.

To read more about these changes please click HERE.


 

 

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