Hoki ki te rito

More about Hoki ki te rito


Hoki ki te rito is a free one-day-a-week programme to support families who are experiencing parenting problems with children aged under five.  It is suitable for families where there may be domestic violence, child abuse, mental health problems or difficulties between immediate or extended family members.

The programme's benefits include helping parents to improve their emotional and physical well-being, helping them develop confidence to parent well and to raise confident children.   Hoki ki te rito runs over 14 weeks. During parent-only sessions, children are cared for by childcare staff.

Other features of the programme include:

  • Free transport to and from the weekly group sessions is provided, if those attending are unable to provide their own.
  • Shared lunch times for children, parents and staff.
  • Structured parenting workshops.
  • Activities, outings and 'homework to develop and reinforce new parenting skills.
  • The programme allows parents to take the lead in exploring their relationships and provides a structured environment where parents can learn how to improve their relationship with their child.
  • The programme facilitators are especially trained to help vulnerable parents and their child.

When parents start using what they learn from Hoki ki te rito their confidence builds and the challenging issues played out by the child start to take a positive turn. The behaviour problems begin to ease; the child's language development improves and the interactions between parent and child become much happier.

A programme will be run in Pukekohe early in 2018.

For more details contact either Franklin Family Support on 09 238 6233 or

email admin@familysupport.org.nz or

Waiuku Family Support Network on (09) 235 9099 or

email waiukufsn@xtra.co.nz