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).

Find a Parenting Through Separation course near you.

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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.

 Location

Date(s) 

Session length 

Time 

Address

Northland

 

 

 

 

Kaitaia

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

Kerikeri

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

Whangarei

Fri 24 July

One four-hour session

9.30am-2pm

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

Whangarei

Thur 6 Aug

One, four-hour session

9.30am - 2pm

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

Auckland

 

     

Albany

Wed 12 Aug 

One four-hour session

9.30am-2pm

Plunket Hub, 8b Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay

Sandringham

(Mandarin speaking only)

Sat 8 Aug

One, four-hour session

10am - 2.30pm

Sandringham-Kingsland Plunket. 427 Sandringham Road, Sandringham

Henderson

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)

Takanini

Thur 23 and Thur 30 July

Two two-hour sessions

9.30am - 11.30am

Takanini Family Service Centre, 8 Oakleigh Avenue, Takanini

Pukekohe

Mon 3 Aug

One four-hour session

5-9pm

Pukekohe Plunket, 22 Edinburgh St, Pukekohe

Waikato 

 

 
 
 

Thames

Sat 25 July

One four hour-session

9am-1.30pm

Plunket rooms, 702 Cochrane St, Thames

Hamilton

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

4-6pm

Plunket Rooms, 12 Richmond St, Hamilton

Cambridge

Wed 29 July and Wed 5 Aug

Two two-hour sessions

7-9pm

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

Taupo

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

 4-6pm

Online video-conference

West Coast

 

     

Greymouth

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 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