Parenting Seminars

We host one-off seminars for parents on relevant subjects with quality speakers, that teach, inspire and show you that you're not the only one going through those issues!

Latest Updates

29 Mar 2023

8 Mar 2023

Book your FREE ticket now for next Tuesday’s Parenting Seminar at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus for parents and caregivers of children in their Primary Years by two renowned speakers.

Join Anna Mowat (Director of Real Parents) and Sandy Hitchens (Doors of Hope Counselling) to explore the journey of parenting in 2023, offering their top tips from professional and personal experience in raising tamariki to thrive. From big emotions, to building healthy whānau relationships through connection and play.

Check out the event page via Humanatix for all the event info and to register:

Led by the team from Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow.

21 Oct 2022
FREE workshop to about raising capable and confident children.
Join Katherine Tarr (Child and Family Psychologist) and Anna Mowat (Project Lead for Sparklers, and director of Real Parents) to explore positive-parenting techniques to support tamariki with resilience, self-esteem, forming positive relationships, and managing challenging behaviours.
Some of the topics explored:
* Self-Determination Theory – Why does motivation matter, and how do we foster this in tamariki?
* The 6 principles of effective parenting- 6 things children need to grow up to be happy, capable adults
* Building strong relationships with your tamariki, and them with you
* How to create healthy boundaries and support your children to thrive
Registrations are required for your free ticket, to make sure we have enough seats (capacity is 225 people). Click this link:
18 Aug 2022

Thanks to the Mana Ake team who did an amazing job tonight presenting a seminar on supporting young people with big emotions. Lots of positive comments from parents and professionals from all over the east. Sorry, the presentation was not recorded, although the slides have been uploaded to our website HERE.
If you’re keen to hear about other parenting supports, courses and future seminars, contact our local Mana Ake Team Leader: or visit:

31 May 2022

21 Apr 2022
A free event for parents and whanua about keeping young people safe online. Presented by Natsafe’s Education Advisor Paula Wistrand. The session will look at how parents/whanau can support and enable children and young people to navigate online opportunities, challenges and complexities.
Recent Feedback:
“Fantastic presentation. Fun, humorous and practical, with no judgement of our rangitahi/young people which was great. Some awesome tips for both teachers and parents alike. Best Zoom presentation I have been to – and I’ve been to a few! Keep up the great mahi!” March 2022
Register your interest, plus any questions you’d like addressed at this link:
Supported by Mana Ake and Youth Alive Trust. Funded by Fresh Choice Parklands.
Click on the tinyurl to automatically connect to the Zoom link, then add Passcode:
OR visit:
Then click “Join a Meeting” and use the following Meeting ID & Passcode.
Meeting ID: 843 7422 1476
Passcode: 105852
6 Aug 2019

Amanda Staniford – Kids Life Academy
Monday 16th September, 7.30pm – 9pm

So you have decided to play ‘happy families’ and live ‘happily ever after!’ Good on you both for making a joint decision about your future! Hold that image in your head and I’ll show you how to work from a design model to create the blended family life that you wished for. You will gain practical tools to ensure that you all begin on the same page of your own fairy tale. This presentation will be interactive, lively and fun and you will walk away with a renewed sense of what is possible while knowing exactly how to achieve your happily ever after!

$11.75 per ticket @

Suits parents of: All Ages

Grace Vineyard Beach Campus, 111 Seaview Rd, New Brighton. Plenty of parking available on Seaview Road or Beresford Street, as both entrances will be open.

1 Aug 2019

Jenny Hale – The Parenting Place
Thursday, 12th September, 7.30pm – 9pm

If you are faced with a child who is overly sensitive, must get it right every time, hates making mistakes or being corrected, is reluctant to try new things in case they get it wrong and loses the plot over minor issues, we will give you some new insights and ways to manage your perfectionist child.

Suits parents of: 0-13

$11.75 per ticket @

Grace Vineyard Beach Campus, 111 Seaview Rd, New Brighton. Plenty of parking available on Seaview Road or Beresford Street, as both entrances will be open.

18 Jul 2019


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Parenting Expo has been postponed in 2019. Please contact us via email or our online form to be on the mailing list for the next expo.

8 Mar 2019

Youth Alive Trust are hosting 3 Parent Seminars in New Brighton, covering 3 popular topics, over 3 consecutive Monday evenings, led by our children’s counsellor, Sandy Hitchens.

Seminar 1: Monday 25th March – Understanding Anxiety
Seminar 2: Monday 1st April – Understanding Aggression
Seminar 3: Monday 8th April – The Power of Connection

More information and online tickets for just $15 each are via the links below:

12 Mar 2018

Free Technology Seminar for Parents – March  26th 7:30 – 9:00pm @ Parklands Baptist (180 Queenspark Drive)

Eastside parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, or anyone working with young people are invited to a seminar to update you on how technology is affecting young people, and some tips and techniques to protect them and your family. Led by the hilarious Attitude presenters, part of The Parenting Place, who have done inspirational talks to over 100,000 New Zealand young people!! Tea and Coffee provided.  Koha on the door (suggested $5 donation – not compulsory)

12 Oct 2017

In this informative, entertaining presentation the audience will gain an understanding of the latest information on brain changes and hence the behaviours we observe as a child transitions through adolescence to an adult.

These seminars and workshops are for parents and professionals who are working with adolescents. Our information is entirely based on up-to-date scientific medical research. Our work is scientific and evidence based, our message is positive and is important to our whole community.

Concern about young people is not new. Each generation is known to have concern about the generation following and we are the first generation to understand the changes that happen in the brain. Recent research shows that there is a burst of neuronal activity in late childhood and adolescence that is linked with risk taking and impulsive, emotional behaviours typical of teenagers.

Consistent, nurturing and positive early experiences grow resilient, empathetic and intelligent adults. Conversely adolescents in New Zealand relative to other developed countries have a high rate of social morbidity.

The presenters on the day are Andrea Dahl and Jim Sole. Parents, caregivers, grandparents, and teens are all very welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided afterwards, so stay around for a chat and a look at other parenting programmes offered at Youth Alive Trust.

Thank you to the Dublin Street Trust for funding these seminars.

Register Now for your FREE Ticket at:

20 Jun 2017

We’re excited to be hosting 4 Seminars over Parenting Week 2017:

  1. Growing a Great Reader by Dr Amy Scott. Monday 21st August at 10am. Free.
  2. Tools for Engaging Cooperation by Jenny Hale. Tuesday 22nd August at 7pm. Free
  3. Family Wellbeing by The Alright Team.  Monday 28th August at 7pm. Free
  4. A Baby’s Cues by Philippa Murphy. Wednesday 30th August at 9:30am. $10pp

Book your tickets now at:

24 Feb 2017

Over 100 parents and what could have been 100 babies turned out for our Brainwave Trust Seminar on the early years.  Heaps of great information.  If you missed out, check our for information about upcoming seminars.  Or here’s a YouTube link as a taster…



28 Oct 2016

We have booked in our next large scale Parenting Seminar with the Brainwave Trust on 23rd Feb 2017 at 10am, who will be talking through the early years! Put the date into your diaries – more info to follow!

10 May 2016

Parenting Roadshow - Petra

200 Parents attended a recent parenting seminar in New Brighton as part of the Parenting Place Roadshow.  TV personality Petra Bagust and popular family speaker John Cowen shared stories, tips and reassurances that brought a lot of laughter, nodding and note taking!!  Great feedback flooded onto Facebook after the event “Such a great evening! Got so much out of it!” (Angela Hamilton), “Really enjoyed the roadshow – thank you John and Petra. Both excellent to listen to” (Shireen Spaull), “Very valuable and quite funny too!” (Andrew Grieve).  The Parenting Road is running events all over the country, to support the NZ’s largest workforce – Mums & Dads!  For more information about other Roadshow events visit:

4 Apr 2016

Parenting Roadshow with Petra Bagust – 9th May

Petra Bagust & John Cowen are travelling the country with The Parenting Place Roadshow. Together they are delivering a Parenting Seminar for east Christchurch, in New Brighton, on 9th May around the general topic of “Raising Happy, Confident and Resilient Children”. Some brilliant techniques to help your kids get the most from life. Real happiness actually comes from secure love, emotional strength and the grit to push through life’s challenges. Buy Tickets HERE ONLINE for just $5

23 Jan 2016

Free Technology Seminar for Parents – Feb 23rd

Eastside parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, or anyone working with young people are invited to a seminar to update you on how technology is affecting young people, and some tips and techniques to protect them and your family. Led by the hilarious Christian Gallen, an experienced Attitude presenter, part of The Parenting Place, who has done inspirational talks to over 100,000 New Zealand young people!! Cake & Coffee also provided with thanks to funding from the Burwood Pegasus Board of the Christchurch City Council, through the New Brighton Community Safety Partnership. RSVP to: although walk-in’s on the night are very probably. Max 280 seats.