Birthright Stories

April 28, 2017

When Mark O’Rourke was going through a difficult separation in 2010, the last thing he felt like attending was a Parenting through Separation (PTS) programme through Birthright.

“I felt at that stage that the Family Court system was a Read More

September 6, 2016

Doctor Katarina Simon is a second doctoral candidate and a full time, single parent carer of three adult sons, two of whom are tangata whai ora with high complex needs including schizophrenia, drug and alcohol addiction, Type 1 diabetes and post- Read More

August 26, 2016

Life can change in an instant. For Rebecca, those instants have become so frequent it’s hard to remember a time when life was ‘normal.’ Rebecca’s decision to leave an abusive relationship and bring up three children as a single mother was just Read More

August 19, 2016

Pip moved her family from Ashburton to Christchurch a little more than two years ago. To say her life was difficult back then would be an understatement.

Having recently separated from her husband, Pip had quickly become a single parent to Read More

August 19, 2016

As a university student and single parent with two children, Nicky's life is sometimes stressful, busy and at times a little chaotic. When she amicably separated from her husband 2 1⁄2 years ago, she also felt alone and in need of support.

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June 30, 2016

Birthright New Zealand is delighted to be a recent recipient of funding from the Strathlachlan Fund. 

This funding will support a project to research, review and develop a sustainable programme for the support of single parent Read More

June 22, 2016

Dr Mary Gray is a scientist that devoted her twenties to unearthing maverick genes in rare genetic conditions. In fact, the former Birthright client starting making a name for herself back in her student days at the University of Otago, where Read More

June 3, 2016

Today, children grow up in families that are increasingly diverse, ranging from traditional families with two biological parents, blended families, one parent families, children raised by wider whanau, and shared parenting arrangements where Read More

June 3, 2016

The 2000s saw many changes in family types and make-up, including a steady rise in one-parent families, decreasing marriage rates and greater ethnic diversity, with around 1 in 5 New Zealand children born with two or more ethnicities.
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June 3, 2016

The 1990s began with one of the Government’s most radical reforms in the history of state housing: the removal of income-related rents and the establishment of a government accommodation supplement. For hundreds of state house tenants, the Read More