WHO WE ARE About Onewa parents centre

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of 1st June 2020, we will resume classes at the Rawene Centre, Birkenhead. We do ask anyone who has been feeling unwell not to attend classes. Thank you.

Onewa Parents Centre encourages and empowers local families with childbirth education, new parent classes, parenting workshops, and community events. We are one of 46 centres within the wider Parents Centre New Zealand network and support parents in Birkenhead, Beach Haven, Birkdale, Glenfield, Bayview, Northcote, and Hillcrest. 

Members enjoy a range of benefits including meeting other local parents, being part of our successful coffee groups, partner discounts and access to news and resources.

We hold all of our childbirth classes and parenting workshops in our rooms at the Rawene Centre in Birkenhead. Check out Classes to find out more info including dates, times, and class content.

Whether you’re seeking to be better informed before the birth of your child or build a stronger support network, we can help. We look forward to supporting you through your parenting journey.

To find out more about the philosophy and values that underpins all Parents Centres, check out the Parents Centre New Zealand website.



Onewa Parents Centre is a not-for-profit charity, run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, passionate about helping new families in our community. The committee is responsible for organising and coordinating all of our classes, running social and fundraising events, putting together our newsletters and website, supporting the administration of our centre, and ensuring our charity is governed well.

People get involved with our centre for a range of reasons. If you are interested in volunteering with OPC, find out more on our Volunteer page and contact us at onewa@parentscentre.org.nz or talk to your class co-ordinator.

Our current committee includes:
President – xx
Secretary – Heidi Edmondson
Treasurer – Pippa Caldwell
Committee Members –  Nicola Deerness, Zita Talaic-Burgess


We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit charity. All proceeds from our Childbirth Education and Parenting Workshops go directly to funding our expenses including paying our amazing Childbirth Educators, speakers and course facilitators, our room lease, and other operating costs.

To ensure we can continue to thrive we apply for grants and work with local companies for sponsorship. THANK YOU to Auckland Foundation, Lions Foundation North, Kaipatiki Local Board, and COGS for providing additional funding in 2019 and 2020, to Barfoot & Thompson Birkenhead for supporting our fundraising events, and to Bella Mama and Veronica-Jane Photography for their support of our events.

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