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.


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).

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.

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.

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.



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Sat 1 Aug One, four-hour session 10am - 2.30pm Kaitaia Plunket Rooms, 19 Bank St, Kaitaia


Fri 31 July and Fri 7 Aug Two, two-hour sessions 10am - 12noon Kerikeri Plunket Rooms, 109 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri


Fri 24 July

One four-hour session


BNZ Partners Business Centre, Level 1 (upstairs), 57 Bank St, Whangarei


Thur 6 Aug

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

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





Wed 12 Aug 

One four-hour session


Plunket Hub, 8b Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay


(Mandarin speaking only)

Sat 8 Aug

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Sandringham-Kingsland Plunket. 427 Sandringham Road, Sandringham


Sat 25 July 

One four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

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


Thur 23 and Thur 30 July

Two two-hour sessions

9.30am - 11.30am

Takanini Family Service Centre, 8 Oakleigh Avenue, Takanini


Tue 7 July

One four-hour session


Pukekohe Plunket, 22 Edinburgh St, Pukekohe





Sat 25 July

One four hour-session


Plunket rooms, 702 Cochrane St, Thames


This course is now full. Please check back next week for our August course or ring Barnardos on (07) 847 1088.

Two two-hour sessions


Plunket Rooms, 12 Richmond St, Hamilton


Wed 29 July and Wed 5 Aug

Two two-hour sessions


Plunket Rooms, Victoria St (opposite The Warehouse), Cambridge


This course is now full.  Please check back in July for our Aug option or ring Family Works for the Rotorua options on (07) 349 0990

Two two-hour sessions


Online video-conference

West Coast




Fri 17 July

One four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Uniting Church, 203 Tainui Street, Greymouth


Any questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about the course, please feel free to get in touch with the team at 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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Need free support or advice?

Call PlunketLine 24/7 on 0800 933 922