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Father’s Support Groups

Filed under: General — Julie @ 12:54 am Tue 17th November 2009

Often groups are asked by fathers if there are father’s supports groups they can be referred to. I thought I would make a list of what is available online and offline and will add as I find more.

I needed to find one myself for the Nelson area and came across DIY’s list and have added a few more. If you can add any groups preferably in New Zealand that will be well appreciated.


North Shore Fathers
Thursdays 9:30 am: Fathers and Family, Wednesdays 7pm: Fathers and Male Supporters, Every 3rd Saturday of the month 2pm: Family Barbecue at: Birkdale Community House, 134 Birkdale Rd., North Shore City
Contact Craig Davis

Father and Child Mauri Ora Father’s Circle
Mauri Ora Father’s group every Wednesday 7-9pm, at the Onehunga Community Centre, (next to the library), 83 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland. We hope to see new faces, plus any local father advocates keen to contribute to the new Auckland committee. Children are welcome although we do leave them with the TV and a tin of biscuits!
Contact Brendon Smith or phone 525 1690

East Auckland Refuge for Men and Families
Contact Paul Catton or phone 271 3020

Auckland Single Parent’s Trust
Single Parents is a New Zealand based, self help group devoted to the interests of single dads, mums and their children. We are an association that supports one another through networking and we facilitate outings for parents and families.
Contact Julie Whitehouse

Coffee and Play West
Group for young parents, We are in NEW LYNN. Feel free to join us one FRIDAY – 12.30PM EVERY FORTNIGHT
View web site

Auckland City/Central
I would like to start a Father’s support group, for Gay Dad’s and Gay Donor Dad’s, I am open to the location in Auckland, however I feel Auckland City would be central for people
Contact Stuart

St Johns, Auckland
Would like to join/start a Fathers Support Group in St Johns, Auckland
Contact Bill or phone/text 027 4878107

Manukau, Auckland
Would love to start/join a Fathers Support Group
Contact Simon


Barnardos Marlborough
Every Tuesday eveing for 6 weeks of every school term, 6pm-8pm at George House, 31 George St, Blenheim
Contact Wendy on 03 578 6491


Father and Child
10-2 Weekdays and by appointment at 1/369 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Emailor phone 982 2440


Union for Fathers Caro Street Community Building Adjacent to Hamiltion City Council, Hamilton, New Zealand Every Thursday 7pm
Contact Fraser (021) 396 728, answer service on 0508 2255 323 (0508 Call Dad)

Hawke’s Bay

Union for Fathers
Taradale Rugby Club Rooms, Taradale, Napier, New Zealand Every 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:15pm
Contact Ken (06) 878 3580, answer service on 0508 2255 323 (0508 Call Dad)


Tu Matua
Every second Wednesday at 7pm, The Men and Family Centre, Gerald Stokes Ave, Hellensville. Costs $5 per evening For more details contact Andrew on 027 282 6305 or email Men and Family Centre


Union for Fathers
Natural Healing Raumati, 22 Margaret Road, Raumati Beach, Kapiti Tuesdays 7.30pm (except 1st Tuesday of month) – No Meetings from Mid December to Mid January
Contact Allan (027) 242 0112, answer service on 0508 2255 323 (0508 Call Dad)


The Parents as First Teachers Programme
Every 4th Monday around 10am at the Awapuni Plunket rooms on Newbury Street, Palmerston North
For more details phone 06 3549200


Real Men – Real Dads
Operating out of the Neighbourhood Centre in central Nelson, Real Men – Real Dads meets monthly. The Neighbourhood Centre at 28 Vincent St is definitely father-friendly and is open especially for dads and kids every Friday morning
Contact Philip Chapman


Union for Fathers
Kidz Need Dadz building “Dads Place” 538 Fraser St, Tauranga, New Zealand Every Tuesday 7.30pm
Contact Sheila (027) 271 0084, answer service on 0508 2255 323 (0508 Call Dad)


Father and Child
Contact Mark

Union for Fathers
Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Ave, New Zealand 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30pm – No Meetings from Mid December to Mid January
Contact Allan (027) 242 0112, answer service on 0508 2255 323 (0508 Call Dad)

Miramar, Wellington
Let’s start a Fathers Support Group in Miramar
Contact Scott

Wellington – John
SAHD looking to join a father’s group in Wellington
Contact John


Would love to start/join a Fathers Support Group
Contact Paul


Would like to join/start a Fathers Support Group in Dunedin
Contact Andrew

Online Men’s Support groups

Paul’s News
We are all here to offer support to each other through the difficult times many of us face through the family court system. Some may be having problems with CYP’s, IRD and need support.This group is open to all males and female within New Zealand and worldwide.

DIY Father
Father’s guide to parenting

Dad Can Do is intended to be a resource for all dads, but with a special emphasis on helping the single and or non-resident fathers who have contact with their children. will be useful at any stage of the single dad�s life, but it will be of special relevance in the difficult few years following separation from your partner, when you are building a new home and finding a new routine.

Teens Dads or phone 03 982 2440
A site for teen dads or teen soon to be dads. This group helps to introduce young dads to other young dads, helps sort WINZ benefits and Child Support payments, assists in finding housing, support teen dads at school, help teen dads to gain items for their children, relationship advice and support, counselling, support at court, advising on basic family law, and setting them up with a legal aid lawyer if needed plus much more.


  1. Pauls News You have to join but unlike MENZ hidden and more confidential.

    Those who have the misfortune to fall foul of CYF there is

    We owe you a voye of thanks Julie, though for the tireless work you do for us I believe you should become an honary man!

    May I turn this into a word doccument and distribute it? – Acknowledging your authorship of course.

    Comment by Alastair — Tue 17th November 2009 @ 7:49 am

  2. Alistair, you are so kind to me. I like it a lot but feel I don’t really deserve so much gratitude. Not yet, anyways. 😀

    Thanks too for the info. What about the group in your area? How is that going?

    Comment by julie — Tue 17th November 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  3. Just a quick note –

    please use –
    [email protected]

    as we have surrendered our old .net address…

    And we host a Wednesday evening Mauri Ora Fathers group,
    at Onehunga Community Centre from 7.30 – 9pm,
    a safe place for all fathering issues…!

    Comment by BG Smith — Thu 19th November 2009 @ 8:23 am

  4. Thanks Brendon. I will make the changes.

    Comment by julie — Thu 19th November 2009 @ 9:41 am

  5. I tried contacting the numbers given for Hamilton but there was not able to get through using the numbers provided can you supply updated numbers for me please
    my cell phone is 021543743. I am recently separated like on good friday. i have my two young girls on wed night thurs nighs frid night and maybe occasionally on saturday nights or for a weekend i need some support as I am still adapting to this sad state of affairs regards Tere

    Comment by Tere — Sat 19th April 2014 @ 10:35 am

  6. Union of Fathers Tauranga is 07 2984323

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Sat 19th April 2014 @ 10:23 pm

  7. Tere; firstly, sorry to hear of your affairs.
    Secondly, get your act together right from the start!
    You say you have your children basically 50%nights; Keep a good strong record of their time in your care. Keep a journal. Note every date. Verify every visit, to your ex, via email. Form a paper trail. You will need it when IRD come knocking.
    Get your record keeping together NOW!
    If in the future you end up in the clutches of IRD (child support reviews) or Family Court, as you try to wrestle fairness and equity from the clutches of femidom, you’re thank me.

    Comment by OMG You're (&*)^*( — Sun 20th April 2014 @ 6:44 pm

  8. Hawkes Bay Fathers can eMail [email protected] or call 0226593428

    Comment by Ken — Sun 20th April 2014 @ 7:23 pm

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