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Tiaki Tamariki Parenting


Our aim is to showcase a selection of the parenting-focused resources we have at the library and to help you to find and access all the information you might need on children, families and parenting. This page features new books, DVDs or CDs and events that have occurred at the library on family related topics, as well as linking you to relevant New Zealand websites or online resources. Be it babies, food and meal times, sleep, craft, education or the general business of being a parent, we've got you covered!

Let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions. We'd love to hear from you! Just email us or fill out a suggestion to buy if you'd like to suggest a title for our library collection.

Books Of Interest

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Useful Websites

General Parenting

  • Family & whānau
    New Zealand Government website providing information on raising children, child development, nutrition, family finances and more.
  • Plunket
    A great resource for information on PlunketLine, clinic and marae visits, parenting education, antenatal classes and car rental schemes.
  • Family Support from Barnados NZ
    Parenting advice and resources relating to most aspects of family life


  • Childcare online
    New Zealand site, contains information and news on parenting.
  • Foodsafe
    Ministry for Primary Industries site, provides information on food safety and promotes consistent and appropriate food safety messages to New Zealand consumers. The group's aim is to reduce the country's high levels of foodborne illness through education on safe food handling practices in the home.
  • Kids Friendly NZ
    New Zealand's Online Magazine for families living and travelling in this country. The site provides detailed information covering local activities in Wellington and right throughout New Zealand.
  • NZ Kindergartens
    Everything you need to know about kindy, with links to other websites, discussion groups and parental information.
  • Te Kete Ipurangi, The Online Learning Centre
    TKI is a bilingual portal-plus web community which provides quality assured educational material for teachers, school managers, and the wider education community. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education. Parents are partners in the learning journey of their children. The Ministry of Education has a range of materials and information for parents to assist them to work in partnership with their local education centres and schools. This site provides many links to information and materials that may be of interest to parents.
  • WCC Community Directory
    Links to community and information groups around Wellington, including heath, child-care, women and recreation.

Support / Advice

  • Community Law Centres
    Services for people with unmet legal needs and who cannot afford legal services. They also provide legal advice and assistance and in some cases representation in court, law-related education, information and also law reform and advocacy on behalf of communities. This site has a national list of Community Law Centres.
  • Learning and Behaviour Charitable Trust NZ
    This site is designed to give you the information and resources you may need if you know someone with a learning or behaviour difficulty such as ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism and Dyslexia.
  • NetSafe
    Netsafe provides advice on keeping your kids safe online. This organisation is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
  • NZ Association for Gifted Children
    The Association exists to promote the needs of gifted children at national level and support and foster initiatives at local level which meet those needs.
  • NZ Down Syndrome Association
    The NZDSA offers new parent support, activities, family events, guest speakers and individual support and advocacy, a newsletter and information packs.
  • Sands
    A New Zealand site for parents and other family members dealing with the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or new born death. It includes advice on how to get through the first few days, arranging a funeral, parent's own stories, newsletters and will soon have a list of Wellington Bereavement Councillors.
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
    A New Zealand site that aims to provide support to grandparents who are primary caregivers to grandchildren in difficult circumstances and to ensure fair treatment from the legal and child protection services in New Zealand, in order to stabilise and normalise the lives of the children involved.


  • Family & Whānau
    New Zealand Government website providing information on raising children, child development, nutrition, family finances and more.
  • Education
    A portal designed to help parents find information held on education government websites belonging to agencies such as Career Services Rapuara, the Education Review Office, the Ministry of Education, and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
  • Strengthening Families
    Strengthening Families provides coordinated support for families who are working with more than two government agencies. Agencies and families work together to develop joint solutions, rather than each agency dealing with one part of the problem and never seeing the bigger picture.
  • Education Review Office
    The government department which reports publicly on the quality of education in all New Zealand schools and early childhood services, including private schools, kura kaupapa Maori (Maori language immersion schools), special schools and nga kohanga reo (Maori language early childhood groups).
  • Employment Relations Service
    Information about the rights and obligations of employees and employers in respect of parental leave, incorporating recent changes to parental leave entitlements. Features section on determining your leave entitlement, and IRD forms.
  • Special Education
    Ministry of Education page.
  • Work and Income New Zealand
    Information on Community Services Cards, Domestic Purposes Benefit, Help with Child-care Costs, the Domestic Purposes Benefit and other assistance.

Shelf Help

Subject: Dewey no.:
Adolescent psychology 155.4
Adoption 362.734
Baby names 929.4
Child abuse 362.76
Children and infants nutrition 613.2 & 649.3
Children's books about pregnancy, childbirth and babies 612.6 & Children's Fiction
Contraception 613.94
Cooking for babies 641.5622
Divorced parents 306.89
Education in New Zealand 372.9931 & 373.931
Fatherhood 306.8742
Fertility and Infertility 616.692 & 618.178
Health and Fitness 613.25
Infant's and Children's clothing 746.432
Gay and Lesbian parents 306.874
General Crafts 745.5 & 746
Learning to read 372.4
Motherhood 306.8743
Miscarriage and Infant death 618.392
Parent participating in reading 649.58
Postnatal fitness 613.7045
Single parent families 306.856
Sleep disorders in children 618.92849 & 649.64
Teenagers 649.125
Toy making 745.592
Travel with children 910.202
Working mothers 306.8743 & 331.44

Online Databases

You can search our online databases at mygateway.info and browse across thousands of articles on a range of topics, online magazines and newspapers, or link to a site that has the answers you need. Wellington City Libraries card holders can access mygateway.info from home or the library, using their library card number and surname.

The following online resources are particularly useful for parents and their families' needs:

Study & homework

Information for study and homework is right at your fingertips.Encyclopedias, reference works, tips, articles, newspapers and more... Check it out here.

Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center

A reliable source to find health information including Diseases & Conditions, Alternative Medicine and Drugs & Herbal Remedies


This site is a collection of quality health information from the world's largest medical library, the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It offers extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions.

EBSCO MasterFILE Complete

This multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications, including these parenting magazines: Parents, Mothering, Baby Talk and Kiwi.

Kids' resources

Visit our Kids' Section for homework help and more


Magazines on general parenting are available in the branches on the magazine stands and in mygateway. Please ask at any library enquiries desk if you need help locating the magazine of your choice.

Here are links into the library catalogue for our most popular magazines on parenting:

We also have online magazines — check out our Magazines on Overdrive and our Pressreader database for digital magazines which can be read on desktops, tablets and smartphones.

You'll find many popular titles -- have a browse!

Important: The information on this topic is NOT designed to replace the advice and care that can be obtained from a legal professional and should NOT be regarded as professional advice.

Wellington City Libraries may freely provide legal resources from their reference collection to assist customers conducting various types of legal research. However, the library will not offer advice on any legal issues.

Youth and the law : a comprehensive guide to the law relating to young people, from birth to adulthood. (346.0135 PAW) may be found on the Children Young Adult lending shelves, at library branches. Please ask at any library enquiries desk if you need help locating these resources.

Contact us

This page is written and maintained by library staff. Our aim is to keep you informed about the parenting sections of the library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. We would be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email us with any feedback.

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