Parenting Support

Whānau Mai – Antenatal Education

Join us for a journey through pregnancy, childbirth and the early weeks of parenting that incorporates a Māori world view and traditional Māori birthing practices.

The programme covers:

  • Health and well-being in pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Labour and birth
  • After baby is born
  • Weaving ipu whenua and using rongoa

This six hour programme runs on two different days in Phillipstown, Ōtautahi.


Check the calendar for upcoming Wānanga here.


Self-Refer by completing our online form.



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Contact us

0800 66 99 57 or 03 344 5062

Wahakura Wānanga

For those who would like to learn how to make wahakura, please call the office for the date of the next two day wānanga. You do not need to have weaving experience, just a desire to learn. This is open to all who would enjoy this mahi.

Contact us
0800 66 99 57 or 03 344 5062

To register your space email us on

Request for a Wahakura or Pēpi pod

Family Start Programme

Family Start is an intensive home visiting programme that focuses on improving tamariki health and growth.  It supports whānau who have challenges or problems that may make it harder for them to care for their pēpi or young tamariki.

Whānau work with a Whānau Awhina/Family Support Worker, to strengthen and improve parenting skills for the benefit of the child as well as to achieve whānau goals.

Referrals can be made from second trimester of pregnancy, or up until pēpi is 12 months old.


Complete the Family Start Referral Form, then email us your form.


Contact us

0800 66 99 57 or 03 344 5062

Support to access Early Childhood Education and/or School

We are able to support you to access the right Early Childhood Education and/or school for you and your tamariki.

We can tautoko you if your child/tamaiti is aged three to five and a half years

We can:

  • Work with you to understand early childhood education choices
  • Plan with you how to support your tamaiti and their learning
  • Visit early childhood services with you to help choose the best one for you and your tamaiti
  • Support you and your child to become involved in the early childhood centre
  • Provide support to you and your child to maintain regular attendance at the early childhood centre
  • We can also work with you to choose the best school for you

Benefits of Early Childhood Education:

  • Builds on the interests and abilities of your tamaiti
  • Provides a chance for you and your tamaiti to meet new people, make friends, get along with others and be involved in the community
  • Helps your child to gain the skills to be ready for school and to do better at school


Complete the Early Childhood Referral Form, then email us the form.


Contact us

0800 66 99 57 or 03 344 5062

Incredible Years® Parenting Programme

We provide:

  • Practical step-by-step suggestions for parents of three to eight year olds, to help handle everyday family situations.
  • An encouraging and supportive learning environment.
  • Strategies to help parents manage challenging behaviours.

What is covered in the programme?

  • Connecting with your child through play
  • Using praise to build your child’s self-esteem.
  • How to use praise and small rewards to motivate your child
  • Setting limits
  • Helping your child to develop life-long skills through positive discipline

Involvement in an Incredible Years® Group means you will:

  • Develop strategies to build positive relationships with your children
  • Learn strategies to manage challenging behaviours
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Attend 14 sessions
  • Meet once a week for two and a half hours


Complete the Incredible Years® Parenting Programme Referral Form and email it to us.


Contact us

Find out when the next programme is by calling 0800 66 99 57 or 03 344 5062.

Supported by

The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programmes for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behaviour problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programmes are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.

This programme is provided by the Ministry of Education and Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust at no cost to participants and is facilitated by trained group leaders.