Phone number: 
(06) 347 1770 or 021 265 8713
Email address:
244 Victoria Avenue / PO Box 7252 Wanganui 4500

Find us on Facebookat Birthright Wanganui 2014

Birthright Wanganui was established in 1959 and supports one parent families in a variety of ways. Our focus is always on the whole family and the well-being of the children. We have an enthusiastic team and would love to meet you!

You can contact the Manager or Fieldworkers between 9am – 2.30pm, Monday to Thursday (note we are closed Fridays). We are open all year round except Christmas until mid-January.

Our Services

For parents, grandparents and caregivers:

  • Enabling you to find practical solutions to day to day problems
  • Parenting programme
  • Working with you on a tailored plan for your family
  • Offering parent education opportunities
  • Offering parent networking opportunities
  • Supporting you to engage with services, e.g. Work and Income
  • Providing referrals to specialist services.

For children and young adults we offer the following opportunities:

  • Subsidised after school activities such as swimming
  • Activity days during school holidays.

For Families:

  • Offering low-cost events for the whole family to enjoy
  • Providing practical assistance with furniture, toys, clothing and books
  • Up to date news on our Facebook page
  • Christmas presents and birthday cards for up to 12-year-olds
  • Free food and veg from Whanganui Community Fruit Harvest.

Our Goals

We encourage and assist families to:

  • Develop their own strengths
  • Set realistic goals for parents and children
  • Plan their own future
  • Be a valued and valuable member of their own community.

You can help us with:

  • Making a donation
  • Becoming a Friend of Birthright Whanganui
  • Giving your time as a valued volunteer
  • Sharing your skills and talents with us.

Regional Services - Search

Access Ability
Street address:
244 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui 4500
0800 300 412 / 06 348 8411

Access Ability is an independent, not for profit company that has been working in the disability sector for over 10 years.

Barnardos (Wanganui)
Street address:
31 Niblett Street, Wanganui
(06) 348 2091

Services offered:
- KidStart (06) 348 2092
- Children’s Supervised Contact
- "All About Me" programmes for children and their parents/caregivers
- Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) (home visiting for first three years of a child’s life) (06) 348 2094
- Free Parenting through Separation courses

Christian Social Services (City Mission)
Street address:
183 Wicksteed St, Wanganui
06 345 2139

Provides food and shelter.

Citizens Advice Bureau (Wanganui)
Street address:
120 Guyton St, Wanganui
06 345 0844

Provides information, advocacy and support to individuals.

Family Works (Wanganui)
Street address:
179 Wicksteed Street, Wanganui
06 3456681

Current services include:
- counselling with families, couples, groups, and individuals
- Family Court counselling
- professional supervision; Boundaries with Kids - a 6 week parenting programme covering a balance of useful learning and ‘how to’ strategies
- Free to be Me - a 12 week programme designed for adults who have experienced family violence
- Boundaries-an eight week, Christian-based programme that offers women the opportunity to learn how to establish clear, healthy boundaries in relationships

Jigsaw Wanganui
Street address:
236 Victoria Ave, Whanganui
06 345 1636

Home based social work and parenting programmes. Working with local families to provide safe care and help nurture their children

Open Home Foundation (Wanganui)
Email address:
Street address:
269 St Hill Street, Wanganui
06 345 7043

Home based social work support and family mentoring.

Supporting Families in Mental Illness
Email address:
Street address:
40 Guyton Street, Wanganui
06 345 3301

Provide information, education, support and training to the families/whanau of people experiencing mental illness.

Tupoho - Iwi & Community Social Services Trust
Email address:
Street address:
64 Campbell Street, Wanganui
06 345 8003

Social services.

Wanganui Budget Advisory Service
Email address:
Street address:
183 Wicksteed Street, Wanganui
06 345 3746

Budget advice.

Whanganui People's Centre
Email address:
Street address:
53a Ridgeway St, Wanganui
06 435 8656

The Whanganui People's Centre provides free support and an advocacy service for beneficiaries and low income workers who are clients of Work & Income, Inland Revenue, Housing New Zealand etc.

YMCA (Wanganui)
Email address:
Street address:
125 Grey St, Springvale, Whanganui 4501
06 349 0197

Recreation programmes for children
Holiday programmes
Education Programmes
Young Parents Programme
Employment through Workplace Training
Skills training
Youth Leadership Programme.

YWCA (Wanganui)
Street address:
61 Bell Street, Whanganui
06 347 9979

The YWCA is a leading voice for women in New Zealand providing advocacy as well as successful programmes that improve the lives of women. While we have embraced new ways of working and are tackling contemporary social issues, we continue to focus on empowering women and girls to lead social change. Each year we witness the positive impact of our focus on women’s leadership. Women are leading long-term sustainable change in their local communities and developing effective responses to issues such as unemployment, disenfranchisement, mental health problems, and disconnectedness. The YWCA is about helping women and girls develop into leaders who work for change in their communities, often in difficult and challenging conditions.