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New region-wide resource for the parents of teens

An online guide with useful tips for parents of HB teens will be released on Wednesday.

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Tools for the Teenage Years includes new topics and provides helpful tips on cyber safety, careers and relationships, and which agencies and websites can help parents navigate these years with their teen.

A region-wide resource designed to help parents make it through the sometimes tricky teenage years will be officially launched this Wednesday 24 January.

Tools for the Teenage Years, which will also be available online from that date, will be officially launched at the Waipawa Municipal Theatre.

The booklet is an updated version of one first created by Napier City Council’s Community Services directorate.

Parents and teens from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures living in Hawke’s Bay were asked if it would be useful, and if so, what they would like to see included in it. The positive response was overwhelming.

The four local authorities – Napier, Central Hawke’s Bay, Hastings and Wairoa councils – have worked together on Tools for the Teenage Years. This version includes new topics and provides helpful tips and information on, for example, cyber safety, careers and relationships, and which agencies and websites can help parents navigate these years with their teen.


NCC's Natasha Carswell: “It’s a short, snappy guide that brings all the information together in one resource, making it a great place to start when you are wanting to know what the facts are.”

Past versions of this booklet have been hugely popular, says Natasha Carswell, Manager Community Strategies, Napier City Council. “It’s a short, snappy guide that brings all the information together in one resource, making it a great place to start when you are wanting to know what the facts are, and how to get more help if you need it.”

Clive resident Catherine Burgess, who has three teenagers, says the resource is well worth a look. “Much of the information is common sense, really, but it’s reassuring to have these reminders, particularly what ages kids legally can and can’t do particular things.”

Rosie Clibborn of Napier, 16, was quick to accept an invitation to appear in the booklet because she “thought it could help a lot of people”. “It has covered everything a parent or caregiver would need to help them understand and be able to communicate better with their teen.”

Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker, who is hosting the launch, says being a parent to a teenager is one of the most important, but scariest jobs. “I am proud to be part of regional leadership which recognises that supporting parents in this job is crucial to the success of our young people.”

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst is also a strong supporter. “Being able to support parents to guide our young people through often challenging years is so important.”

Similar booklets have been produced by other councils and district health boards throughout New Zealand but this is the only one of its kind available in Hawke’s Bay.

Printed copies will be given to service providers who work with young people and their families. An online, printable version with hyperlinks will also be available from all Council websites from launch day.

22 January 2018

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