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

 

 

 

 

Kerikeri

Fri 30 Oct and Fri 6 Nov

Two, two-hour sessions

10am - 12 noon

Plunket Rooms, 109 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

Whangarei

Sat 7 Nov

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Plunket Family Centre, 33 King St, Kensington, Whangarei

Whangarei

Mon 23 and Mon 30 Nov

Two, two-hour sessions

9.30 - 11.30am

BNZ Partners Centre, Cnr Selwyn & Bank St (inside the bank and up the stairs), Whangarei

Auckland

 

     

Albany

Tue 17 Nov

One, four-hour session

9.30am-2pm

Plunket Hub, 8b Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay

Sandringham (Mandarin-speaking only)

Sat 14 Nov

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Sandringham-Kingsland Plunket, 427 Sandringham Road, Sandringham

Meadowbank

Sat 7 Nov

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Meadowbank Centre, 7 Meadowbank Road, Meadowbank

Pakuranga

Thur 5 Nov

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Glen House Hall, 6R Glenside Avenue, Pakuranga

Pakuranga

Thur 26 Nov

One, four-hour session

0.30am - 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

Willowbank

Sat 21 Nov

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Willowbank School, 56 Middlefield Drive, Dannemora

Henderson

Sat 7 Nov

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

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

Manurewa

Thur 19 Nov

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Plunket Poutokomanawa, 10 Halver Road, Manurewa

Takanini

Thur 12 and Thur 19 Nov

Two two-hour sessions

9.30am - 11.30am

Takanini Family Service Centre, 8 Oakleigh Avenue, Takanini

Pukekohe

Mon 9 Nov

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

Mon 30 and Mon 7 Dec

Two, two-hour sessions

4-6pm

Plunket Rooms, 12 Richmond St, Hamilton

Te Kuiti

Fri 6 Nov

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Te Kuiti Community House (above Library), 28 Taupiri St, Te Kuiti

Taupo

Thur 22 and Thur 29 Oct

Two, two-hour sessions

 6.30 - 8.30pm

Plunket Rooms, 35 Motutaiko St, Taupo

Taupo

Thur 19 and Thur 26 Nov

Two, two-hour sessions

6.30 - 8.30pm

Plunket Rooms, 35 Motutaiko St, Taupo

West Coast

 

     

Westport

Sat 14 Nov

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Plunket Rooms, Lyndhurst St, Westport

Greymouth

Mon 2 and Mon 9 Nov

Two, two-hour sessions

4-6pm

The Uniting Church, 203 Tainui St, Greymouth

 

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?

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