Useful Resources

Useful Resources and Contacts






Breast Feeding

Breast milk has been described as the perfect food because it provides many of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs to protect him or her from illness. These strengthening properties help baby to sleep safely through the night. So it is important to breast feed up to six months.

Breast feeding strengthens baby, which helps him or her to sleep safely through the night. Breast milk is free, always at the right temperature and is readily available. Breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mother and baby. Babies are healthier and stronger when they are breastfed.

Support in the community:

  • Free breastfeeding support clinics run at TePuawai Ora 3 Keay Road, Whangarei - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm.
  • Antenatal and postnatal midwifery and lactation support clinic in Otangarei Wednesdays 10-12.30pm.
  • Pulse Teen school - breastfeeding support Tuesdays. 



Health Ed

Set up by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and the Ministry of Health this website provides access to health resources such as pamphlets, fact sheets, booklets and posters.  The website was designed to help you to make informed decisions for yourself and those you care about, to support healthier New Zealand communities.



Healthline offers free health advice from trained registered nurses and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are feeling unwell – but not sure whether you need to see a doctor or need urgent advice about a family member or friend who is sick Healthline can assist you.

Phone: 0800 611 116


Healthy Smiles

Your child depends on you for healthy baby teeth. These teeth are important as healthy teeth look good, help your child eat well and are important for speech.

This website will give information for parents and caregivers to protect their child's teeth.  Good oral health from an early age will help them keep their teeth for a life time.

Phone: 0800 myteeth



He Mataariki – School for Teen Parents 

He Matariki the Teen Parent School in Raumanga, Whangarei is a positive and supportive place where you can gain a quality education (Yr 9-10 & NCEA levels 1-3).  It provides a second chance to young mums to gain qualifications enabling them to enter the work force better prepared or to gain entry into tertiary education.  It is the only Teen Parent School north of Auckland.

Phone: 09 438 2602



Immunisation Advisory Centre

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) is a nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland.  IMAC provides information, education and support to health professionals and the public about immunisation.

Phone: 0800 immune (0800 466 863)




The Kidshealth website was developed in partnership by The Paediatric Society of New Zealand and the Starship Foundation.  Created for New Zealand parents, caregivers, family and whanau to provide accurate and reliable information about their children’s health.




Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health Website is a comprehensive site providing a full range of health information from pregnancy, labour and birth and caring for your child during their first 5 years to information on abuse and family violence, smoking cessation and SUDI (sudden, unexpected death in infancy) prevention.



Newborn Enrolment

It is important to register your newborn with a GP as soon as possible.  Follow the link above to find a GP in your area.

Newborn Hearing Screening

Newborn hearing screening checks whether your baby hears well. If your baby has a hearing loss, finding it early will help their language, learning and social development.  All eligible babies can have newborn hearing screening free of charge.



Northland District Health Board

Northland DHB information on pregnancy, maternity care, birth, baby care, baby loss, parenting and support services relevant to Northland and Far North parents and families.

Phone: 09 470 0000





Plunket is the largest provider of Well Child services in New Zealand. The website contains information covering many common parenting concerns related to the early years and contact details for regional services. 

Phone: 0800 933 922



Safekids Aotearoa

Safekids Aotearoa was established in the early 90s by Starship Children’s Health Trauma Service to help reduce the high rates of preventable injury to New Zealand children.  This website provides information and a range of resources to parents and caregivers on preventing unintentional child injuries.  






Safe Sleeping

Where we place our baby to sleep is really important. We need to make sure that baby cannot become wedged under or in between anything and that there is nothing that can block baby's airway. So it's important to place baby in his or her own baby bed. Again it's all about protecting baby's breathing.

Make sure there are no toys or pillows in the baby bed. Make sure the mattress is firm and there are no gaps between the mattress and the sides of the baby bed as this may trap baby and make it hard for them to breathe. Make sure that the blankets and sheets do not cover baby's face. Baby is safest sleeping in the same room as mum and dad, while they are sleeping.

A range of baby beds are available that allow you to sleep next to your moko in your bed, while he or she is in a safe baby bed. For example there is the wahakura, moses basket and pepe pod.



Smoke Free

Babies from smoke free pregnancies have stronger lungs and more drive to breathe than babies who have been exposed to cigarette smoke. So being smoke free is one of the best ways to help baby's breathing, which will protect baby to sleep safely through the night.
Babies from smoke free pregnancies are healthier and stronger. Being a smoke free whanau helps baby's breathing and protects him or her to sleep safely. If you smoke and you want to protect your baby to sleep safely through the night, quit smoking. If you want to quit smoking, there are a range of services that can help, so seek the advice of your health professional.



Sore Throats- Free Throat Swabbing for Children

Free throat swabbing through your GP is available for 0-13 year olds.

Kensington and Otaika Pharmacies are involved with FREE Throat Swabbing Pilot Program for children and young adults aged 5- 19 years to help try and prevent Rhuematic Fever.



Strategies with Kids Information for Parents

The Ministry of Social Development's Strategies with Kids- Information for Parents (SKIP) website provides support, information and parenting strategies for parent and caregivers of 0-5 year olds.



Well Child Tamariki Ora Checks/ Schedule

The Well Child Tamariki Ora Programme is free to all New Zealand families for children from around 6 weeks up to 5 years of age.