There are all kinds of Kiwi families. Whānau can range from grandparents raising children, to single parents, to step-parents and many other types of arrangements.
Learn more about the different types of parenting arrangements and stories from whānau across New Zealand.
Being a parent
Parenting separately or alone
Read Waihoroi's story of being a single mum.
Starting a new relationship
New relationships can be exciting and you may feel ready to introduce your new partner to your kids.
Many New Zealand parents decide to co-parent their children after a relationship ends.
Sometimes two families will blend together to make one whānau.
Grandparents raising grandchildren
It’s common for grandparents to raise their grandchildren in Aotearoa.
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