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Traditional Māori Parenting

An historical review of literature of traditional Māori child rearing practices in pre-European time

Te Kahui Mana Ririki with funding from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner

March 2011

This report researches the traditional, pre-European settlement, Māori child rearing and parenting practices, with particular reference to socialisation and discipline.

Download (pdf 469 KB)
choose

Choose to Hug

Information and suggestions for parents

Office of the Children’s Commissioner and EPOCH

June 2008

This book is about positive discipline, supporting children, showing them what you want and rewarding acceptable behaviour.

Download (pdf 384 KB)
discipline

The Discipline and Guidance of Children

Messages from research - a review of research literature

The Children’s Issues Centre, University of Otago and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner

August 2005

This report is the full literature review, which is primarily designed for an academic and policy audience, but will be of interest to anyone wanting a more detailed examination of the issues.

Download (pdf 2.3 MB)
Hey

Hey! We don’t hit anybody here

New Zealand Police and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner

August 2004

A book for children in English, Te Reo Māori, and Samoan.

Download (pdf 1.4 MB)
discipline

The Discipline and Guidance of Children

A summary of research

The Children’s Issues Centre, University of Otago and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner

June 2004

This report is a summary of the international research evidence about the discipline and guidance of children, including physical punishment.

Download (pdf 591 KB)
unbeatable

Children Are Unbeatable

7 very good reasons to not hit children

Rhonda Pritchard, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, UNICEF and the Families Commission

This booklet provides seven very good reasons not to smack children, along with practical guidance on managing children’s behaviour without the use of physical punishment.

Download (pdf 500 KB)

Looking for our parenting guides or posters?

We have moved to online publication of our reports and guides and no longer have hard copies available to order. We have also discontinued the 'Behaviour' series of brochures and posters.

SKIP (Strategies with kids/Information for parents) has some helpful resources available for parents and those working with parents.

Our popular booklet 'Choose to Hug' is available to download.

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