For Dads

Yes dads, you are also important and need time adjusting to your new role as well.

Dads are often overlooked when caring for babies and children, however much research has recognised that fathers and fathering behaviour are important factors impacting on the formation, stability and overall well-being of families.  

Fathers who are actively involved in the upbringing of their children contribute to:

  • Leading positive and successful health outcomes for both their children and families and
  • Promoting positive physical health and social skills.

Many fathers believe that raising children is the best day’s work anyone can do and fathers need to be valued and supported in in this.  


Useful links

Great Fathers is a website for fathers but with information for all parents about what babies need, what nurturing care is and why it’s important. Check out their video “In Your Hands – What’s it like to be a Father!?!” which features musicians Tiki Taane, Warren Maxwell and SJD.

The Father and Child Trust offer support and information to all fathers on any dad-related issue. They help over the phone, have drop-in offices in Auckland and Christchurch plus they produce the Father & Child magazine quarterly, including a New Baby issue. 

The Kiwi Daddys Facebook group created as a platform for NZ born father's from different backgrounds to come together to offer advice, guidance, motivation and inspiration within a diverse group with similar cultures.  There are over 60K father's supporting other father's in Aoetorea and around the world.

NZ Dads is a website dedicated to helping fathers to become better dads. It encompasses aspects of a parenting site and a men’s lifestyle website. NZ Dads offers interesting articles, as well as forums for dads to discuss issues they may be facing, as well as sharing DIY tips and projects and a swap sell or trade section.




Content provided by Dr El-Shadan Tautolo

Dr El-Shadan Tautolo is an Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study at AUT University.

El-Shadan, or Dan as he more commonly known, is a public health researcher with the PIF Study at AUT University.  His current research focusses on Pacific fatherhood and the importance of father involvement in supporting the positive development of their children. He is of Samoan and Cook Islands heritage, and happily married to his wife Stephanie, of Niuean descent. They have two children, 7-year old daughter Faith, and 2-year old son Elijah.