Working with Whānau

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The following resources can be used with parents, family and whānau. This page includes written information sheets, videos and useful website links to assist those that are wanting to support taiohi with their wellbeing. 

Family/Whānau services and support

The following section provides information for professionals and families on Parenting Programmes such as IY (Incredible Years) and Triple P. 

  • The Whāraurau Parent and Teacher | Te Taunaki Mātua Pouako website provides information for professionals and families on Parenting Programmes such as IY (Incredible Years) and Triple P.
  • The ADHD Association has information for families, young people, and adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, including how to access locally available resources and services.
  • Family Services Directory lists information about family support organisations and the services/programmes they offer to support New Zealand families to cope with common issues and problems. 
  • The Grandparents raising grandchildren Trust provides support for grandparents/kin who are raising grandchildren/whānau children in difficult circumstances. 
  • Parentline works with children who have been traumatised by abuse and domestic violence. They also provide advice and support to parents and caregivers and counselling for children who display challenging behaviour in the classroom and playground.
  • The Parent and Family Resource Centre supports parents and families of children and young people with disability.
  • Parent to Parent NZ Inc provides support for parents of children with special needs.
  • Real: Because it's your life is a New Zealand youth service developed for youth, with youth. It also provides support to family and whānau. This website is just one of the ways Real offers support to young people to build resilience, confidence and wellbeing. 

Problematic Gaming Resources

  • Tips for parents - Whāraurau
  • Net addiction NZ aims to provide information to people interested in understanding problematic use of gaming and gaming addictions in New Zealand. There is a section for family and friends.  
  • Families Managing Media has some useful articles and advice for parents on managing many forms of digital media including gaming.  
  • Keep it Real Online is a New Zealand Government public awareness campaign to support tamariki and rangatahi to be safe online.
  • Netsafe focuses on keeping people of all ages safe online by providing free support, advice, and education.
  • OLGANON has help for parents forum has stories and advice from other parents who have struggled with children overusing video games and can be a helpful place to find information and support. 

AOD/CEP Information for families

  • tips and information for people who are worried about whether they, or their friends, are drinking too much.
  • Kina Families and Addiction Trust helps Families understand the impact of addiction. Provides information, support and advice for family/whānau being affected by addiction. 
  • The Te Pou living well document is a resource for family, whānau, and friends of people using alcohol and other drugs. It provides suggestions, strategies, and ideas about how people can look after themselves while dealing with the impact of a family, whānau member, or friend's addiction.
  • The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has comprehensive information about a wide range of mental health conditions.
  • The 20 Minute Guide provides parental guidance about how to help your child who is using substances or engaging in other risky behaviours. 
  • Parenting Strategies provides ideas/strategies for parents to help deal with or protect their children or teenagers from alcohol misuse, as well as depression and anxiety.
  • The NZ Drug Foundation has resources designed to make it easier to have a discussion with young people around their alcohol and drug use. The resources include videos, infographics and a conversation planner.  



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Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC)

Whilst many tamariki who have a parent with mental health and/or addiction issues affecting wellbeing do well, a proportion are vulnerable to such outcomes as an increased risk of developing their own wellbeing issues.

This initiative aims to increase the capability of health professionals to identify and attend to the needs of these children and their whānau | family.

This may include the development of resources for the sector(s), identification of the pathways for support, and a strategic plan regarding the implementation of best-practice initiatives.


Video Resources

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Working with whānau 5 step method update by Michelle Brewerton - Project Lead, Te pou

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Let's get real: Te pou

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ReachOut Parents: Effective Communication


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ReachOut Parents: Why your teenager really needs self-care​


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ReachOut Parents: Depression and anxiety