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Resources on teen life issues.
Updated: 19/05/2017 11:46 a.m.

Browsing library books.

Life skills books

Real life fiction and non-fiction books for Teens are available in the Library.

Follow the link below to browse a selection of life skills books in our Library catalogue:

Disability services


Do you have a disability and are you over the age of 13? Would you like to go onto the internet and meet your friends and make new ones? Then come and join ‘Spork’ a social networking site moderated by Tiaho Trust. Follow the link below to learn more about Spork.


Teenage pregnancy and parenting

Teenage Pregnancy Unit

In brief, a TPU is a school that teenagers attend to further their education if they cannot attend a mainstream school because of parental responsibilities. Follow the link below for parenting information for Kiwi parents.

Kiwi Families

He Mataariki School for Teen Parents

Whangarei Hospital runs special teen pregnancy classes. 
The Whanau Room,
The Pulse,
59 Raumanga Valley Rd,

Phone: +64 9 438 2602

Childbirth Education Classes for young parents
in The Whanau Room at the Pulse, 55 Raumanga Valley Road.
2017 Dates: Wednesday, May 24, 31; June 7, 8, 14 and 21.  Time 10.30 am - 1 pm. 

Contact Sharon +64 027 434 3087.

Te Ora Hou Northland Inc

Te Ora Hou has just opened a residential home in Whangarei for pregnant teens and or teen mothers with baby. The home is run by house parents and is based around supported living, with the aim of preparing teen mums for independent living.

For more information regarding vacancies or transport contact Maggie at +64 9 438 5556 or  +64 021 247 8281.

Read an ​article written by Denise Piper on this new unit:

Safe space for teen mum 

Preschool Funtimes

Young mums are welcome at our Preschool Funtimes. Follow the link below for more details: 

Preschool Funtimes

Learn to drive

If you want to drive you need a licence. The current age for getting your learners is still 15.
The New Zealand road code is available to borrow from the library, it is popular, so you may need to request it.
There are some good websites to help you get your licence. Most have questions, street aware games and simulators, theory and mock tests.

New Zealand Road Code Test

New Zealand Transport Agency

AA Driving School

Legal rights

Having a spot of trouble with the law?

Legal information about common issues faced by young people:

Youth Law New Zealand

Driving offences and their penalties fact sheets:

New Zealand Transport Agency Driving Offences Fact Sheets 

Driving a car in an illegal street race or accelerate in an unnecessary way on a road, doing wheel spins, 'donuts' or driving a car on a road in a way that causes the car to lose traction (unless authorised by law):

Boy Racer Act Summary

Your legal obligations when buying and selling a car

Buying and selling a car

Groups for or by students 

SADD - Students against drunk driving
A peer education group for 13 to 18 year olds aimed at reducing road deaths from drink driving:


Help for teenagers whose parent, relative or friend is a problem drinker. Phone: +64 9 434 4264


Counselling and support
To talk to someone you can email, phone +64 080 037 6633, free text 234 or Facebook or Bebo

Youthline New Zealand

Cyberbulling and internet nasties:

Net Safe New Zealand

Teens speak out against bullying:

Teens Against Bullying 





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