Parenting Week

Parenting Week

Here at Neighbourhood Trust we are passionate about supporting families. Parenting has both it’s joys and it’s trials. With the help of parenting experts, advocates and agencies, from Christchurch and further afield, we have put together a programme of events over 10 days.

This year, Parenting Week runs from Monday, 9th September to Thursday 19th September. The programme is jam packed full of wisdom and research backed advice to give you strategies to help your family flourish and enjoy being together.

We wish to thank our funders and partners around the City and Canterbury Region for their generous support in making Parenting Week a reality. Please be aware that many venues have limited seating so make sure you book your tickets for events.

 We hope you enjoy Parenting Week and find something that will help your whanau to flourish!

Parenting Week Programme

We have a wide range of events to choose from, no matter the age of your kids, you’re sure to find something to encourage you in your parenting journey.

Our speakers are drawn from Canterbury and New Zealand, all proven and incredibly experienced in the field of child development and parenting.

Just like parenting, we can’t do Parenting Week alone. These are the folk who have supported us to make the week happen. Big thanks to all involved!

Tickets can be purchased from Dash TicketsFor free or gold coin events we ask that you register as some places have limited seating. Thanks to our funders and supporters for helping us keep costs low.



Although being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world – it is also one of the most rewarding.

The Neighbourhood Trust runs parenting courses to encourage families to reach their potential. It uses practical strategies and useful insights that will help your tamariki through all ages and stages of growing up. Parents and caregivers leave knowing that they are not alone on their parenting journey.

Our Parenting Toolbox courses are run over a number of weeks in small, relaxed groups, with a trained facilitator in the Shirley and Mairehau areas. They include Building Awesome Whānau (birth to teenage years); Baby and Toddler Years; Primary Years; Intermediate Years; and Teenage Years.

Other parenting activities, based at Mairehau Primary School, are part of the Mairehau Neighbourhood Project. We offer them with our partners, Te Ora Hou Otautahi and Kingdom Resources. The courses are proudly supported by The Tindall Foundation and Christchurch City Council.

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Neighbourhood Trust also holds a Parenting Week every second year. We work with a range of different organisations from around Christchurch to put together a line-up of expert speakers and workshops that cover the many different aspects of parenting.

More than 2300 parents registered for seminars, workshops and activities at the 2017 event and our upcoming 2019 week is set to be even bigger and better! Keep an eye out for it on the Parenting Week website and Facebook page.

You can also check out our awesome KiwiDads Facebook page.

Your Child and Stress - Let's fix this Mess! Webinar Series

This webinar series was created in response to the research of Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty of University of Canterbury. Kathleen’s research into stress reactions in children and approaches parents and caregivers can use to help our tamariki through times of stress are a wonderful resource. We hope they can help you and your whanau work out a plan to deal with stressful times.

Ginny Larsen and Kim Button of Neighbourhood Trust developed the concept of creating these webinars. The webinars are based on the research of Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty, University of Canterbury, with assistance from Liz McNaughton, Te Paeroa RTLB Cluster 34, and Bree Liberty. Scripting was carried out by Vincent Konrad. Animations and production by Tom Linklater of Papanui Youth Development Trust. Presented by Dai Henwood and published by Neighbourhood Trust.

This was all made possible with support from Papanui Youth Development Trust, Christchurch City Council, Tindall Foundation, Rata Foundation, Ministry of Social Development, Canterbury Primary Principals Association, Te Paeroa RTLB, Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.
Your Child and Stress Webinar 1 - Stress Inside and Out​

This initial video explains the kinds of stress we and our tamariki commonly face, including traumatic stress. It explains our responses to these kinds of stress and what these responses can look like.

Your Child and Stress Webinar 2 - Stress Science​

This webinar focuses on stress science and what happens to your child’s body and brain when they are stressed.  

Your Child and Stress Webinar 3 - Addressing Stress

This video shows us the 4 most common stress reactions: self-regulation, automatic reactive coping, dependent coping and withdrawing. Have a look and see what you recognise in your own kids.

Your Child and Stress - Webinar 4 - Addressing Stress​

In this, our 4th installment, we cover how to help your tamariki calm down when they show the different stress reactions we learnt about in Webinar 3. Some great suggestions here!

Your Child and Stress - Webinar 5 - Steps to Success​

This webinar shows you the steps to take to use emotional coaching to calm your child when they are feeling stressed. There are also tips for ourselves as parents and caregivers to use when we are feeling stressed!

Your Child and Stress - Webinar 6 - Top Tips

Our final webinar holds some top tips from everything we’ve learned over the last 5 webinars. It’s a great reminder of the things we can do to help our tamariki, and ourselves, cope with stress. We thank you for the support, encouragement, likes and shares you’ve given this series.

Stressed and Calm Emotion Coaching Cards

In Webinar 5, we talk about having Stressed Out cards and Calm cards to use when you are emotion coaching your tamariki. You can download and print these cards, colour them in together, and put them somewhere you can find them easily when you need them.

Holiday Programmes


Our school holiday programmes are a fantastic way for children to make new friends and experience a variety of different activities in a secure environment.

Upcoming children’s holiday programmes will be held at Mairehau Primary School, 43 Mahars Road, Mairehau, from 8:30 am-5.30 pm.

Work and Income subsidies are available for eligible families. Enrolment opens in week six of each school term. Changes may be made to bookings without charge up to one week prior to the programme starting. Please note that ALL absences will incur a full fee.

October Holiday Programme  



$200 for the full week or $50 per day.



For any enquiries, please phone:

Roana Johnstone, Children’s Programmes Coordinator:                                                                                                        M:  027 701 9382   |   P:  355 6522 ext 111   |   E:

Out of School Care

Neighbourhood Trust Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) programmes provide a fun and safe environment for children before and after school hours.

These programmes are approved by Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Vulnerable Children. Work and Income subsidies are available for families meeting the eligibility criteria. Neighbourhood Trust also runs exciting holiday programmes, which you can find out more about here.


Our before school programme is held for St Francis and Mairehau Primary pupils at Mairehau Primary School, 43 Mahars Road, Mairehau.

Monday – Friday  |  7.30 – 8.30 am
$11.50 per day

Our after school programme is held at Mairehau Primary School, 43 Mahars Road, and St Francis of Assisi Catholic School, 370 Innes Road.

Monday – Friday   –  3:00– 6:00 pm
$16.50 until 5.30  |    $22.50 until  6pm


Please note that both programmes are only for children attending Mairehau Primary School or St Francis of Assisi Catholic School.



For any enquiries about our  programmes, please contact:

Roana Johnstone, Children’s Programmes Coordinator
M:  027 701 9382  |  P:  355 6522 ext 111   |   E: