Parents Centre is a national organisation that works with parents to support and equip them with the knowledge and skills to be the best parents they can possibly be. We believe that parenting is everything and that great parents grow great children.

Established in 1952 to advocate for improved conditions and opportunities for parents before and during childbirth, Parents Centre today is the largest provider of childbirth education in New Zealand. Its nationwide network of volunteer run Centres delivers support to parents at all stages throughout the antenatal and postnatal periods. Support services include: Antenatal/Childbirth Education; Baby & You Programmes; Moving & Munching Programmes; Early Pregnancy and Return to Work programmes; toy libraries; playgroups; and information on breastfeeding; child development; infant sleep; infant feeding; and First Aid.  We also have a range of online programmes to support all stages from Antenatal to Toilet Learning.

The National Support Centre exists to support the local Centres with governance, programmes, fundraising and sponsorship opportunities. It also publishes KiwiParent - a bi-monthly magazine for members which focuses on supporting parents through the early years with a blend of inspirational and informative articles and features across a wide variety of topics relevant to new parents.

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Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Please contact the individual local centres via our website

Services Provided

Child & Family


  • Parenting education
  • Parent wellbeing


Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Central Auckland, Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, East Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Hutt, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson Marlborough, North Auckland, Northland, South Auckland, South Canterbury, Southland, Tairāwhiti, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Waitaki, Wellington, West Auckland, West Coast, Whanganui

Contact Details

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Postal Address

PO Box 54128
Porirua 5247

This page was last updated at 10:20AM on May 11, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Parents Centres New Zealand Inc..