Find out about the different kinds of parenting education programmes Plunket offers up and down the country. 


Whirihia is a free, two-day wānanga designed to empower, enrich and support hapū māmā and whānau to learn the stages of haputanga (pregnancy), whakawhānau (birth), parenting support, home safety, CPR and water safety.

Whirihia is really hands-on and interactive, and there’s lots of shared kōrero between the kaiārahi and whānau.

The Whirihia team also offers a free follow-on course called Tamariki CPR. This is a two-hour training session on how to offer life-saving CPR to pēpi, and what to do in a medical emergency.

Whirihia is a new service for Whānau Āwhina Plunket. At present courses are available in and around Hamilton.

Enrol in Whirihia now or find out more

Pregnancy and Parenting Education Programme (PPE)

The PPE course is offered in the Canterbury, West Coast, Southern and South Canterbury district health board areas. Both evening and weekend classes are available to make it as easy as possible for you to fit them into your schedule.

These free interactive classes are shaped to give you the information you want and need for pregnancy, labour and life as a new parent in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.

PPE follows the Ministry of Health’s recommendations for pregnancy and parenting education, and each class is run by qualified facilitators.

Topics covered include:

  • labour and birth
  • stages of labour
  • choices during and after birth
  • pain relief options
  • infant feeding
  • newborn care

Register online for PPE classes

Antenatal Classes

Plunket offers several antenatal parenting classes across the North Island (as well as the 'Pregnancy and parenting education programme' in the South Island).

These courses are a fantastic way to meet other expectant parents and to get practical advice and support on birth and the early days of parenting.

Some of these classes have a cost associated with them.

Search your area to see if we have an antenatal class available near you.