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 17 April

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Kaitaia Plunket, 30 Puckey Ave, Kaitaia

Kerikeri

Fri 7 and Fri 14 May

Two, two-hour sessions

10am - midday

Plunket Rooms,109 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

Whangarei

Fri 23 April

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

BNZ Partners Business Centre,  Bank St (inside the bank and up the stairs), Whangarei

Whangarei

Thur 6 and Thur 13 May

Two, two-hour sessions

6-8pm

Plunket Family Centre, 33 King St, Kensington, Whangarei

Auckland

 

     

Albany

Thur 6 May

One, four-hour session

9.30am-1.30pm

Online via Zoom

Meadowbank

Wed 14 April

One, four-hour session

5.30 - 9.30pm

St Chad's Church and Community Centre, Room 5, 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank, Auckland

Sylvia Park

Wed 19 May

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Citizens Advice Bureau, Shop N230, Sylvia Park, 286 Mt Wellington Highway

(Mandarin-speaking only) Sandringham

Sat 29 May

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Sandringham-Kingsland Plunket, 427 Sandringham Road, Sandringham

Willowbank

Sat 1 May

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

Willowbank School, 56 Middlefield Drive, Dannemora

Henderson

This course is now full. Please check back early April

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 1.30pm

Online via Zoom

Takanini

Thur 13 and Thur 20 May

Two, two-hour sessions

9.30 - 11.30am

Takanini Family Service Centre, 8 Oakleigh Avenue, Takanini

Pukekohe

Mon 10 May

One four-hour session

5-9pm

Franklin Family Support Services Community Hub, 201 King St, Pukekohe

Waikato 

 

 
 
 

Waikato

Tue 11 and Thur 13 May

Two, two-hour sessions

6.30 - 8.30pm

Online via Zoom

Taupo

Thur 6 and Thur 13 May

Two, two-hour sessions

6.30 - 8.30pm

Plunket Rooms, 35 Motutaiko St, Taupo

West Coast

 

     

Greymouth

Mon 17 May

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

The Uniting Church, 203 Tainui St, Greymouth

Hokitika

Sat 1 May

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