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Found in Family and whānau / Having a child / Parenting support
Find out about what kind of support is available for parents.
Found in Health / Free health services for children / 0800 933 922 PlunketLine
Phone to get advice about child health and parenting.
Found in Family and whānau / Financial help for your family / Youth benefits
Payments for young people aged 16 or 17 who can't live with their parents, and for young parents aged 16 to 18.
Found in Family and whānau / Having a child
Choose a midwife and find out about paid parental leave, antenatal classes and health tests.
Found in Education / Special education / Help for children with behaviour problems
Programmes for schools, teachers and parents to help children with behaviour and learning problems.
Found in Family and whānau / Separating or getting divorced / How child support is calculated
How much child support you pay depends on what you earn and your living situation. In 2015 the calculation takes into account details of both parents.
Found in Family and whānau / Having a child / Register a birth
Both parents need to jointly register the birth of a new baby. You should do this within 2 months of your child being born — it's free, but there's a fee to order a birth certificate.
Found in NZ passports and citizenship / NZ citizenship if you were born in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau
Most people born in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau before 2006 are an NZ citizen. Children born after 2005 are citizens if one of their parents is an NZ citizen or permanent resident.
Found in NZ passports and citizenship / Check if you’re a New Zealand citizen
You might be an NZ citizen if you were born here or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, granted citizenship, born overseas to an NZ citizen parent, adopted by a citizen, or you’re British and were here in 1948.
Found in NZ passports and citizenship / NZ citizenship if you’re marrying a Kiwi
New Zealand doesn’t have any special rules for foreigners marrying New Zealanders — you have to go through the same citizenship process as everyone else.