About Us

The focus of Birthright's services is the children and young persons of one-parent families, although some regions include two-parent and blended families also. We work with the whole family to facilitate the growth of confidence, development of living skills and a sense of independence and self-help within the family unit and its individual members. We believe:

  • all children share a “birthright”: the right to a good start in life, help in times of crisis and the opportunity to reach their full potential
  • the personal growth and improved circumstances of their parents will enhance this process
  • these families can succeed on their own terms, as well as positively contribute to the community.

Find out more about each of our affiliate organisations around the country. 

Our Story

The first Birthright Society was formed in Hastings on 23 November, 1955 by Peter Gifford and the Hastings Junior Chamber of Commerce. Mr Gifford's aim was to form a voluntary organisation to support and care for the children of one parent families in the community. Birthright Hastings became an Incorporated Society in March, 1956. Birthright grew to be a national body throughout New Zealand. Today, Birthright comprises of a National Office and a number of affiliate organisations around the country. Each affiliate offers a range of social services for children and families, especially those families led by one person.

Read more about our history and Birthright today:

In the beginning - Birthright in the 1950s
Ten years on - Birthright in the 1960s
Twenty years on - Birthright in the 1970s
Thirty years on - Birthright in the 1980s
Forty years on - Birthright in the 1990s
Fifty years on - Birthright in the 2000s
Sixty years on - Birthright today

How we are funded

The demand for our services continues to grow, further stretching our already tight resources. In order to continue providing these quality community services to one-parent families in New Zealand, we are dependent on the support of individuals, businesses, as well as government.

Your support is vital. Donate Now!

A number of activities offered by Birthright are only possible with the active support of our donors, whose generosity is an ongoing source of appreciation and inspiration in the organisation. However, these do not meet the total cost of providing our services. To meet the shortfall, and to further develop and meet the demands for our services, Birthright relies on public support.