"Fatherhood is the best thing that can happen in life"

Ian Rudolph (left) is a father to a young five month old son.  On Friday 5th December 2014, he and a group of young fathers from the YD’O (Young Dads of Otara) group promoted safe sleep day to the Otara Community.  Ian joined the YD’O group after his son was born and states “I just want to know how to best care for my son and to get second opinions and stuff”.


Promoting safe sleep day is one of many events that Ian and the YD’O group are involved in during the year.  Ian understands that having a safe sleep space for baby is important.  “It’s no good to sleep with baby - it’s got to have its own space”.  Ian ensures these safe sleep messages are practiced at home by placing his son in his own cot in his bedroom. 


To promote a safe sleeping space for baby, Ian and the YD’O team have been promoting the following messages:

PLACE baby in his or her own bed, face clear of bedding, in the same room as the caregiver.

ELIMINATE smoking within the home.

POSITION baby flat on his or her back, face up.

ENCOURAGE and support mum so that baby is breast fed.

Ian enjoys being a father and says “fatherhood is the best thing that can happen in life”.


If you are a young father and would like to get support during the months of pregnancy or once baby is born, you can contact the following Fathers organisations for assistance:

WHANGAREI Te Ora Hou Northland Inc Phone:  (09) 438 5556
Email:  northland@teorahou.org.nz
AUCKLAND Otara Health Charitable Trust:
Teen Fathers Programme
Main Office
Shop 3 Fair Mall
Otara Town Centre
Phone: (09) 274 8355
Email:  carol@otarahealth.org.nz
  Young Fathers programme:
Iosis Family Solutions
Phone: (09) 269 0050

Email: enquiries@Iosis.org.nz

Fax: 09 267 9431

Physical address
112c Russell Road, Manurewa, Manukau City 2102

  Young Dads Group:
THRIVE Teen Parent Support
Jonathan at jonathan@thrive.org.nz or text or call on 021833672
Auckland Central and Glen Innes
ROTORUA Family Focus Rotorua Family Focus Rotorua

 1231 Haupapa Street, Rotorua

 (near Watchdog Security)

 Phone: (07) 346 2096
 Email:  office@familyfocus.org.nz

GISBOURNE Te Aka Ora Charitable Trust Teen Fathers Co-ordinator

Phone: (06) 868 7722
Email:  teenfathers@ora.org.nz

HASTINGS Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Phone: (06) 871 5350 or 0800TAIWHENUA

Email: taiwhenua.heretaunga@ttoh.iwi.nz
Website: http://www.ttoh.iwi.nz

WELLINGTON Father and Child Trust Les Williams

Phone: 022 1061 574
Email: les@fatherandchild.org.nz

CHRISTCHURCH Father and Child Trust Phone: (03) 982 2440

Fax: (028) 255 11141

Postal: PO Box 26040, North Avon 8148
Email: info@fatherandchild.org.nz

  St John of God Waipuna St John of God Waipuna

349 Woodham Road


Christchurch 8061

Phone: (03) 386 2159

Fax: (03) 386 2158

Email: enquiries.waipuna@sjog.org.nz