Fathers matter

Father's Day 2020

Dads are different to Mums – obviously. There’s a bond that mothers share with their children which is different to what dads have. 

Although different, dads have an important role to play in their children’s lives. Not all dads are the same either. You don’t have to fill the stereotypically ‘manly’ role of hunting/gathering/risk-taking/outdoor adventuring. However, if we want those experiences for our kids and don’t possess the skills, there are guys around who can assist with that. 

What is really important is relating well to males and females in our lives. As fathers, we need to be conscious of how we want our boys and girls to treat each other. We need to be thinking, “How am I modelling what I want my children to learn about relating to men? What example are we giving our sons and daughters that teach them how to treat other males and females?” Our example is so important.

Father’s Day Breakfast and Service

St Albans Baptist Church is hosting a Father’s Day breakfast and service on Sunday 6 September from 8:45am. 

Breakfast includes pancakes, breakfast sausages, bacon, banana, hash browns, toast, tea & coffee.

$5 each or $10 per family.

At 10am we will be having our family service, with Rowan Lyons speaking on passing down wisdom to the next generation, through exploring the book of Proverbs.

We would love to see you there!

Kiwi Dads

Kiwi Dads is a Facebook group which aims to provide resources, humour, information and ideas for events and activities which dads can do with their kids. Time is probably one of the most important resources we can give our kids – not just being around them, but giving them our undivided attention. Not all dads have had this modelled to them, so taking on the role of a father is not something that always comes naturally.

Chat with Don

Neighbourhood Trust Community Development Worker, Don is available to spend time over a coffee to chat with dads about their struggles in parenting, their dreams for themselves and their children, and to offer encouragement, support and advice. Email him at community@nht.org.nz or text / call him on 027 956 9202.

What do you love about your kids?

What do you love about your kids?

Our Community Development Worker, Don, shares what he loves about his eldest son, Jayden.

“Let me introduce you to my son, Jayden, who turned 16 on the 20th May. I chose this pic from his graduation at the end of last year because I still look a tad bigger than him. He’s all but caught up to me now. I feel small next to him. On his birthday he went to the AA and aced the learner driver test, so now he’s driving. And he’s a great driver too. He’s super smart, incredibly funny, and an all-round great guy. I like spending time with him.”

What do you like/love about your kid(s)? Perhaps this is a wee reminder to go and tell them. Our kids need to hear our praise of them, and how proud we are of them. They don’t have to be A+ students, All Blacks in the making, or have no room for more medals and awards on their shelf. Just love on them anyway. We can go through life knowing that we love our kid(s), and forget to tell them often.


Don runs Kiwi Dads, a Facebook group designed to help dads in their role as parents. It aims to provide inspiration, encouragement, information, promotion of events and activities, some fun and humour, as well as some personal reflections. 

As a Community Development Worker, Don is available to meet with dads to simply chat, support, and encourage them in their role as a dad. He’ll even shout a coffee. He’s not a professionally trained social worker, counsellor, or therapist, but what he does bring is a listening ear and a few years of experience as a parent to understand the challenges and offer any advice that may help.

If you’re a dad and would like to meet Don for a chat, contact him at 027 956 9202 or community@nht.org.nz