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.

BR toy run 2014 santa-669 Annual Hawkes Bay Toy Run helps BR Families

Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care were very pleased with the strong and generous turnout of motorcyclists during The Twin City Toy run which was held earilier this month.

The event which is in its 28th year is always a popular event on the social calendar in Hawkes Bay and involves local motorcylists, as well as Santa, riding from Stortford Lodge in Hastings to Anderson Park in Greenmeadows.

To take part, riders are asked to donate a toy or money to Birthright Hawkes Bay Child & Family Care to help make Christmas a happier time for families who may be finding things a little tough.

Birthright Hawkes Bay Practice Manager Sharon Allen said there was an abundance of toys and good will from the 160 motorbike riders and their pillion passengers.

"The day was warm and beautiful with the motorcyclists sharing how enjoyable the day was, and of course Santa Claus joined the run riding at the front of the pack in a Ford Model T hot rod, this was thanks to the Ulysses Motorcycle Club who are great supporters of the Toy Run."

Cash donations were also generous this year and will ensure Birthright Hawkes Bay Child & Family Care will be able to provide a cheer parcel of food, along with a gift for each each member of the families they work with.

"It's a magical moment when the social worker hands the client the parcel and families are humbled by the generosity of the gift giving."

Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care would like to share a BIG thank you to all those who participated in the day.

To view more photos of the event please click here which will take you through to our Facebook page.

NZ productivity commissionInquiry into Social Services in Aotearoa

To ensure that the social services within Aotearoa are equipped to provide best practice standards, the Government recently commissioned the New Zealand Productivity Commission to undergo an inquiry into the matter.

In June the Commission released a brief on the Inquiry in which it outlined what it would consist of, which included these key themes:

  • examining traditional and emerging innovative approaches within the social services - both here and overseas
  • how agencies identify social service needs and how this translates to service delivery, and
  • how effective is this service delivery – based on outcomes

In October the Commission released an Issues Paper which reiterates the inquiry’s background, its intended approach, along with the issues the Commission seek comment and input on through the submission phase – with submissions closing 2 December 2014.

To read more about the inquiry and its processes, please click here.
To make a submission, please click here.
To read more about who the New Zealand Productivity Commission is, please click here.

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 15 regional member societies. 

Each member society is autonomous and offers a range of services.

Click here to find the Birthright in your region

GoWellington-795Cheaper bus fares for beneficiaries

Go Wellington Buses and WINZ have joined forces and are now offering cheaper bus fares to people residing in the Wellington area who receive either Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payments.

Through the scheme individuals who meet this criteria can apply for a GO Wellington Beneficiaries Permit, which enables them to pay reduced bus fares between 9am and 4pm and after 6pm (Mon-Fri), and anytime in the weekends or statutory holidays.

To apply you will need to take a letter from WINZ that confirms you are receiving either of these benefits to the Wellington City Council Centre, located close to the library at 101 Wakefield Street (Civic Square). They will then issue you with a permit, which you must show to the bus driver when paying for your fare.

For more information on the terms and conditions of the GO Wellington Beneficiaries Permit please click here.


Childrens Action Plan(copy)Vulnerable Children's Bill now law

The Vulnerable Children’s Bill which aims to ensure that Aotearoa’s most at risk children are top priority when it comes to accessing vital services and support was passed into law on June 19.

Through the Act 30 specific initiatives are outlined within the Children’s Action Plan with the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development, Justice and Police frontline staff being directly accountable for successfully providing these services.

One of the main initiatives within the legislation is the introduction of 10 new children’s teams which will provide a coordinated group of social services to children who are identified as being at-risk.

Other measures include new vetting and screening checks for government and community agency staff working with children, switching the onus onto parents who have killed or severely abused or neglected their children, with them now having to prove they are fit to parent subsquent children, and measures put in place to ensure greater clarity around family group conference plans.

To find out more on the Children’s Action plan visit:



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