Our purpose is to work for children, young people and families to relieve suffering; release potential; reduce disparities in NZ society; reduce crime and violence; break the cycle of disadvantage and promote family functionality.

"We need to stop be-moaning the problems and start acting on solutions. A good future for families and New Zealand is within our reach. Let's just do it!"



The HIPPY Method



The HIPPY programme was designed so parents who may not feel comfortable in their own abilities to teach their children can recognise their strengths and obtain new knowledge and skills to teach their children at home and support them throughout their formal education at school.

Parents and children work together on a carefully scaffolded series of 60 activity packets. These workbooks are set out like lesson plans for the parent, and designed to ensure a successful learning experience for the parent and child working together.

Through the developmentally appropriate, well supported activities, parents work with their children to develop cognitive skills including language, problem solving, logical thinking, perceptual and other school readiness skills. The 18 storybooks they read and talk about together help develop a love of literacy. Parents are encouraged to build on the information in the activities in all areas of their children’s lives.

All the activities can be linked to the learning outcomes in the early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whaariki, or the New Zealand Curriculum Framework (for primary schools).



Some parents who are currently working on HIPPY with their own child, or who have recently completed the HIPPY programme, train to become paraprofessional HIPPY tutors. They in turn coach other parents by showing them how to use the HIPPY materials with their own children.

The tutors are trained and supported by a local coordinator. They meet each week to work through the next workbook that they will deliver to the parents at a home visit, or on alternate weeks at a group meeting.

During the weekly training sessions the tutors are afforded many opportunities to build on their experience and gain knowledge and skills that they will take to the workplace, or to further study, after their two years as a HIPPY tutor.

The fortnightly Home Visits ensure all families are able to participate on HIPPY. The home is the child’s primary learning environment. It is a comfortable environment, and childcare and transport are not barriers.

Fortnightly Group Meetings provide an opportunity for parents to come together, practise the new activities for the next week, and to take part in discussions and workshops about topics related to child development, parenting, and other topics they choose to learn more about. This is also an opportunity to meet others in their community, to find out what is happening in their community and develop new friendships.

Because HIPPY Tutors are from the same community and have young children, they have a deep understanding of the families they are supporting, and form trusting relationships. The tutors become role models for other parents, many of whom may become HIPPY tutors themselves.


How HIPPY Works

Benefits of HIPPY

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MATES Manager recipient of 2015 Vodafone NZ Foundation World of Difference award

MATES programme manager Shana Malio-Satele has been awarded the Vodafone NZ Foundation World of Difference award for 2015. Here she is pictured with the other 2015 recipients.


Prime Minister John Key’s Visit to the Takanini Family Service Centre

On Friday 8th August we had some very special guests visit the Takanini Family Service Centre – Prime Minister John Key and Judith Collins. Here they are with Family Service Centre staff, and Great Potentials Chairman Angus Fletcher.
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