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SmartStart Website

SmartStart Website

The Department of Internal Affairs, along with several other government agencies including the Ministry of Health, have created a game changing new online service called SmartStart which has just gone live to all New Zealanders!

SmartStart is an online tool for parents that makes it easy for them to access government services and support during pregnancy, and the first years of their new baby. SmartStart provides users with integrated information about services provided by a range of agencies and NGOs to help parents check that they're not missing out on financial help and provides tips on keeping parents and baby healthy and safe.

SmartStart provides step-by-step information and support to help you access the right services for you and your baby.

Click here to visit the SmartStart Website to find out your due date, about services suited to your needs, handy To Do Lists and Guidance on how to register baby's birth online.

HealthInfo website

HealthInfo - Pregnancy and Childbirth Section

On the HealthInfo website you can find information such as how to find and select your midwife, learning what midwives do, how to eat healthily throughout your pregnancy and view video interviews with a range of people who discuss their experiences of pregnancy.

HealthInfo is a health information website, brought to you by the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB). The information on HealthInfo has been written and approved by local doctors, practice nurses, hospital clinicians, and other healthcare professionals.

This website has a variety of health information, ranging from factsheets on different topics and descriptions of Canterbury health services and supports, through to links to recommended websites for further reading and research.

HealthInfo website

Mothers Matter

The Mothers Matter website provides...

  • Information for women, their partners and families / whānau on postnatal depression and related conditions
  • Local support services available in NZ
  • NZ based information and treatments
Ministry of Health - HealthEd - Women's Health

Ministry of Health - HealthEd - Women's Health

The Ministry of Health's health education website provides information on women's health, pregnancy and newborn screening.

This information is available in a number of languages and can be printed in a range of different formats.

Pregnancy and Kids

Ministry of Health - Pregnancy and Kids

Here you can find out about how to keep you, your child and whanau healthy and well during pregnancy and the first 5 years of your child's life. Furthermore watch videos to see different whanau going through pregnancy and sharing their children's stories.

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Inland Revenue

Inland Revenue collects money to pay for public services.  The IRD helps people to meet their obligations and receive their entitlements.

Their website provides answers to most queries and allows you to carry out regular transactions.

You will find information on the IRD website (under Individuals and Families) about Working for Families Tax Credits, Child Support and Paid Parental Leave.  There is also additional information about applying for an IRD number, KiwiSaver and Student Loans. 

    The key points that Inland Revenue can offer are the following –

  • Working for Families Tax Credits
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Child Support
  • Applying for IRD numbers
  • Student Loans
  • KiwiSaver
Fight Flu Website

Fight Flu Website

If you are pregnant it is important to protect yourself and your unborn baby from influenza.

Experience from previous influenza outbreaks shows that pregnant women, their unborn babies and their new infants are at greater risk from complications associated with influenza.

Visit the Fight Flu Website to find out how Influenza immunisation could save you and your pregnancy

NZ College of Midwives website

NZ College of Midwives

This section of the New Zealand College of Midwives website is designed specifically for women. Here you can find out about the maternity service in New Zealand and the care you can expect to receive from your LMC midwife.

Maternity Services Consumer Council website

Maternity Services Consumer Council

The Maternity Services Consumer Council website provides information and resources on maternity services in New Zealand and has links to a number of other websites.


Tapuaki - Pacific Pregnancy and Parenting Education

In many Pacific cultures pregnancy is believed to be a blessing or a gift from God, or ‘Tapuaki’ as referred to in the Tongan culture.

Browse the Tapuaki website and you will find information about pregnancy and parenting in English and Pacific languates.

Furthermore, learn about what you, your partner and/or family can do to ensure you and your baby are healthy, find links to different services and resources and read stories written by other parents about their experiences in Tala (story) Tapuaki.