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. 

BR anniversary-80-398Calling all Former Birthright Families!

Were you a Birthright child or a parent who accessed our services?

If so, then we would love to hear from you!

This month we celebrate 60 years since the first Birthright began. We would love to mark this milestone by sharing the stories of former Birthright children and parents.

To share your story, please email us at: office@birthright.org.nz and we will be in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

History of Birthright

It all started back in 1955, when Hastings Lawyer Mr Peter Gifford and the Hastings Junior Chamber of Commerce decided to form Birthright Hastings.

It was decided that this would be the best course of action to address a growing need for an organisation that supported children of one parent families.

Following the move Birthright Hastings officially became an incorporated society in March 1956, with a number of incorporated societies springing up around the country as the years went by.

These days Birthright has 14 incorporated societies operating around the country that continue to offer practical, social and emotional support for children of the one parent families they support. 

Lady Janine Mateparae visits Birthright Childcare Centre

Birthright NZ's Patron, Lady Janine Mateparae, recently paid a visit to Birthright Hawke's 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


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

Subsidy for under 15s with poor vision


Do you have a child 15 or under who has poor vision? Well if you do they may be eligible for the Spectacle Subsidy, an initiative offered by the Ministry of Health.

Through the subsidy the Ministry of Health will pay up to $287.50 (including GST) a year towards either vision tests, glasses or eye patches. 

To qualify, parents/guardians need to be community services card holders or hold a high user health card. Your optometrist or eye specialist also needs to be registered as an assessor for the subsidy. To find an assessor near you please call 0800 17 1981.

To find out more about the Subsidy and how it works please click HERE

The Safeguarding Children Initiative

Want to know more about how to stop child abuse in your community? Well through the Safeguarding Children Initiative you can.

Run by experienced practitioners in the field, this educational resource takes a more proactive approach to tackling child abuse and is free of charge.

Training is offered via seminars delivered by the Safeguarding Children Initiative Team or through its free E-learning course.

To learn more about The Safeguarding Children Initiative and to access its free resources please click HERE.

To access a short video that explains who they are and what they offer please click HERE.

Major overhaul for CYPs following report

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has outlined a major overhaul of Child Youth and Family, following a scathing interim report which outlines extremely poor outcomes for children who had been through the state care system.

As a result of the report, the Minister signalled that some of the major changes forecasted include; a shift towards a more child centred model, include tighter tracking methods employed by CYPs - to stop individuals slipping through the cracks, as well as more work being contracting out to social services/NGOs. 

It is expected that the overhaul will require extra funding, which are currently being worked through by the report panel and are scheduled to be presented to the Minister towards the end of the year.

Following this the final report, and its recommendations, will be collated and go through Cabinet -before the Reforms are implemented. 

To read the full interim report please click HERE



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Your local Birthright: 
Free call: 0800 457 146


Email: office@birthright.org.nz
National Office phone: 04 802 5377
National Office fax:      04 385 4698
P.O. Box 6302
Marion Square
Wellington 6141