I’m a solo mum with two kids aged two and four. I started with Waipareira with my youngest. She was about three months old when I came along; because I come from Helensville, the Kaipara area.
The services have helped me a lot because I didn’t know anything or anyone around here, and what was available for support until I went under Waipareira. Being a solo mum I’ve needed that support and it’s been really helpful to get the kids through to where they are now.
I started when I got discharged from my midwife and she told me about Te Haa o Oranga, instead of Plunket, as an option. So I took that option and that’s how I came under Waipareira and from that I went on to do Parents As First Teachers and then Maria would refer me onto all these different services: I did PPP, joined the playgroup Poipoia, Māmā and Pepī, mirimiri, EPE and Incredible Years