To help you through this tough time, Plunket offer a free Parenting Through Separation (PTS) course.

This course covers:

  • how separation affects children
  • what’s best for children when their parents no longer live together
  • tools and tips for dealing with the separation, including how to make a parenting plan.

PTS has options for you to attend two, two-hour sessions, or one four-hour session.

The Family Court

If you’re wanting the Family Court to help decide on a parenting matter, most people will need to have completed the Parenting Through Separation course within the last two years.

You’ll receive a completion certificate after the course, which you'll need to show the court as proof of your attendance.

Attendance

Former partners don’t attend the course together, but it can be helpful for grandparents or other whānau who may be involved in caring for your children to come along. 

It’s not appropriate to bring your children to these classes.

Plunket provide the Parenting Through Separation programme in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taupō district and the West Coast of the South Island.

Your area not on the list?

Check out the full list of providers on the Ministry of Justice website – it’s called Parenting Programme (PTS).

Schedule of upcoming courses

Dates and venue information for the areas where Plunket offer the Parenting Through Separation course. 

Please note, this schedule is updated daily in the afternoon, and is subject to change. While we will endeavour to book you on your requested course, some courses may have filled or changed since the last update.

 Location

Date(s) 

Session length 

Time 

Address

Northland

 

 

 

 

Kaitaia

Sat 24 Oct

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Plunket Rooms, 19 Bank St, Kaitaia

Kerikeri

Fri 30 Oct and Fri 6 Nov

Two, two-hour sessions

10am - 12 noon

Plunket Rooms, 109 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

Whangarei

Thur 15 Oct

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

BNZ Partners Business Centre, Level 1 (up the stairs), 57 Bank St, Whangarei

Whangarei

Mon 26 Oct and Mon 2 Nov

Two, two-hour sessions

4-6pm

Plunket Family Centre, 33 King St, Kensington, Whangarei

Auckland

 

     

Albany

This course is now full. Pls check back in Oct or ring Barnardos on (09) 625 3687

One, four-hour session

9.30am-2pm

Plunket Hub, 8b Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay

Pakuranga

Wed 7 Oct

One, four-hour session

5 - 9pm

Glen House Hall, 6R Glenside Avenue, Pakuranga

Pakuranga

Thu 29 Oct

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Glen House Hall, 6R Glenside Avenue, Pakuranga

Willowbank

Sat 31 Oct

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Willowbank School, 56 Middlefield Drive, Dannemora

Henderson

This course is now full. Please check again in Oct for our Nov option.

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

McLaren Park and Henderson South (MPHS) Hub West Community Facility, 27 Corban Avenue, Henderson (Rua Front Room)

Takanini

Thur 15 and Thur 22 Oct

Two two-hour sessions

9.30am - 11.30am

Takanini Family Service Centre, 8 Oakleigh Avenue, Takanini

Pukekohe

Mon 12 Oct

One four-hour session

5-9pm

Pukekohe Plunket, 22 Edinburgh St, Pukekohe

Waikato 

 

 
 
 

Thames

Sat 31 Oct

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Plunket Rooms, 702 Cochrane St, Thames

Hamilton

Tue 27 Oct

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Plunket Rooms, 12 Richmond St, Hamilton

Cambridge

Wed 21 and Wed 28 Oct

Two, two-hour sessions

7-9pm

Plunket Rooms, Victoria St, Cambridge

Taupo

Thur 22 and Thur 29 Oct

Two, two-hour sessions

 6.30 - 8.30pm

Plunket Rooms, 35 Motutaiko St, Taupo

West Coast

 

     

Greymouth

Fri 16 Oct

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Uniting Church, 203 Tainui Street, Greymouth

Hokitika

Sat 24 Oct

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Plunket Rooms, 60 Sewell St, Hokitika

 

Register for the course

If you’d like to attend one of Plunket’s Parenting Through Separation courses, please register on our online form here.

Find a Parenting Through Separation course near you.

Ministry of Justice

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The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice within New Zealand.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about the course, please feel free to get in touch with the team at pts@plunket.org.nz or call 0800 663 714.

For te reo Māori, Samoan, simplified Chinese, and Hindi translations of course information head to the Ministry of Justice's website (it's at the bottom of the page).

Ministry of Justice

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The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice within New Zealand.

Need free support or advice?

Call PlunketLine 24/7 on 0800 933 922