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If you dread handovers – you’re not alone. If you are frustrated because you’ve managed to get your kids to tidy up the house before the Ex comes…

Do you find it takes time for your children to settle in when they come back from the Ex’s place? If you’re like me, sometimes I wonder what…

Albert Einstein when asked of “Relativity” answered with this. “ Relativity: An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a…

Wet or fine, children (and parents with “cabin fever”) need to explore the world via full-day or half-day outings. Find interesting places to visit in your area — parks, museums,…

Eating out has taken on a whole new meaning over the past few years. As New Zealand’s ethnic and cultural population continues to diversify, so your family can…

Life Education Trust is a charitable trust that delivers a health programme that slots into what the children receive as a part of the New Zealand Curriculum, to…

The Outdoor Pursuits Centre — known formally as The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of New Zealand, and informally as “OPC” — is New Zealand’s leading provider…

Relationships Aotearoa  is a non-government, not-for-profit agency which provides skilled counselling and education services throughout New Zealand. Their particular field of expertise is relationships, but they work with…

FamilyLife NZ is run by Nikki Bray and her husband Andy Bray.  They run counselling seminars to help couples strengthen their relationships and families, and have already helped 15,000…

Pregnancy Help supports the well being of pregnant and recently pregnant women, parents, caregivers and their families/whanau, by providing information and practical support with non-judgemental Care, Concern and…

New Zealanders know what it’s like to experience “Life’s little spills”. Loss of bladder or bowel control regularly affects nearly 600,000 of us. Mothers and children are especially…

La Leche League offers information and encouragement – primarily through personal help – to women who want to breastfeed their babies. Find out how it can help you.

Toughlove is a non-profit, self-help organisation that provides ongoing education and active support to NZ families who are struggling with unacceptable behaviour from adolescent children. The programme is…

The SPACE (Supporting Parents Alongside Children’s Education) programme was developed within the Hutt Playcentre Association and is aimed mainly at first time parents and their babies. It has…

Plunket is New Zealand’s leading provider of well child and family health services, and they provide a unique mix of professionals and volunteers working side by side.

Playcentre is an internationally recognised Early Childhood organisation unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. It began as a parent co-operative during the 1940s to support families and promote new…

Multiples NZ is a not-for-profit organisation which supports families with ‘multiples’, be they twins, triplets, quads or more! The association acts as an overarching support for individual multiple…

Birthright is a national organisation working to support, strengthen and advocate for one-parent families. According to New Zealand census statistics, there has been a 20% increase in the…

Brainwave aims to reach people with vital information on what is happening inside babies’ brains in the first critical years, and how this impacts on adulthood. Brainwave Trust…

The Big Buddy mentoring programme is based on the simple philosophy that boys need good male role models in their lives to become good men. Unfortunately, many boys…

Barnardos was set up in England in 1866 by Thomas Barnardo. He was concerned by the plight of children in the slums of London’s East End, and devoted…

The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand was formed in 1980 and since then has formed a network of over 40 Field Officers and 70 Stroke Clubs throughout New…

Kidney Kids is a parent-driven non-for-profit organisation set up to meet the needs of parents of children with kidney disease or an abnormality of the urinary tract system.

The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Association is an Incorporated Society providing membership for regional groups, businesses and individuals who wish to work together in support of people with CF…

“Hepatitis” means “inflammation of the liver”. Chronic (long-term) inflammation of the liver can result in liver damage or failure if left untreated. Liver damage can be caused by…

12 babies a week are born in New Zealand with a congenital heart defect – that’s one in every 100 births. A Childhood or Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) is the most…

Endometriosis – is often referred to as a silent disease or a hidden epidemic. The words “hidden” and “silent” are aptly, though unfortunately, used because just like our…

Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand , formerly known as the Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group, was set up in 1987 by a group of people with inflammatory bowel…

The Cancer Society of New Zealand was formed in 1929 as the New Zealand Branch of the British Empire Cancer Campaign. In 1963 it became The Cancer Society…

Allergy New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve the quality of life for people with allergies, and their families. They offer support, education and information,…

Each year many thousands of children and young people in New Zealand are significantly affected by traumatic change, loss or grief. These young people are not sick. They…

What is Hospice New Zealand? Hospice New Zealand is the national body which supports and helps its member hospices to care for people who are terminally ill. It…

The Wise Money Foundation is a community organisation that exists for the purpose of educating people with wise financial principles. The Wise Money Foundation is not just about…

Public Trust is a trustee organisation with a unique mandate to protect the future of New Zealanders. They offer a wide range of legal and financial services, but…

There are several different organisations providing Food Banks for impoverished individuals and families in New Zealand. These social service organisations are usually of a christian and/or charitable nature,…

Citizens Advice Bureau is a voluntary organisation which provides free, confidential information and advice to anyone about any query or problem. Citizens Advice Bureaux is staffed by trained…

The Halberg Trust aims to support all children with a disability if they want to be involved in active leisure or recreation of their choice, alongside their peers…

The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA) was formed 30 years ago ‘promote the participation of people with Down syndrome in their community’.

Cleft New Zealand (formerly Cleft Lip & Palate Support Group)is a support group established in 1971 by a group of parents wanting to make it easier for other families…

CCS, or more formally CCS Disability Action, provides support and services for people with disabilities, from the foundation belief that everyone should have equal opportunity in life.

What is the Problem Gambling Foundation? The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF) is a national non-profit organisation predominantly funded by the Ministry of Health with funds…

The Gambling Helpline is a national organisation offering ongoing motivational support, referrals and information services for gambling problems. Their services are provided to people who are, or have…

What is the Alcohol Drug Helpline? This helpline is a national telephone service offering up-to-date information about alcohol and other drugs. It is available between 10am & 10pm seven…

Victim Support is an organisation in NZ dedicated to supporting victims of crime with practical assistance, guidance services and emotional support.

The Salvation Army is a world-wide church and social services organisation. The Salvation Army in NZ provides extensive community services – Family Stores, Food Banks, Accommodation, Welfare, Addictions, Employment…

With most households in New Zealand having a mortgage (or an overdraft, hire purchase or credit card), Kiwis tend to take a keen interest in interest rates.

Did you know that shopping for your groceries online can save you money? Many people assume it’s more expensive, but take a fresh look at this grocery shopping…

Hair has an annoying habit of growing relentlessly and costing us lots of money.  If you find yourself tearing your hair out over the costs of hair care,…

Most Kiwi households own one or two cars, so car insurance is a regular part of our annual expenditure. Car insurance is a competitive market out there, so…

Could you survive in retirement? Retirement may seem a long way off, but it’s best to consider it sooner rather than later.

Should you bank on an inheritance coming your way and take a relaxed view of future financial planning? Are your parents going to leave you money? Or is…

If you’re looking for a low-risk, interest paid investment as part of your financial portfolio, then this could be an interesting avenue to explore. We overview Bonus Bonds…

For many of us, the hardest part about managing our money is keeping track of all the paperwork that comes with it! If you fall into this camp,…

Debt consolidation is a term we often hear bandied around, but many of us have only a vague understanding of what it means and why you would do…

Many of us are struggling with the weekly cost of groceries, and meat usually forms a significant proportion of the shopping bill. With our very strong farming history,…

What is your greatest asset? Is it your savings, your car, or your house? Actually, your greatest asset is your ability to earn income. We overview Income Protection…

Winter is upon us and everyone’s power bills are skyrocketing. Most of us experience a peak in power expenditure during the months of June, July, August and September,…

Extended warranties on electrical goods can be confusing. You’re about to buy an appliance in NZ, and then the sales person asks if you would like to take…

This weekend when I filled up my car with petrol I set a new family record – this is the first time we have exceeded $100 for a…