A Fatherhood Forum held on 1 May in Invercargill drew more than 60 attendees from non-profit and governmental agencies. The event was organised by the Families Commission and hosted by Our Way Southland, a collaboration of the four Southland-based Councils.
Southland is making father support a priority in their upcoming parenting strategy. Attendees reported that they found the presentations ‘inspiring’ and ‘incredible’. Presenters were Families Commission-sponsored speakers Harald Breiding-Buss (Father & Child, Christchurch) and David Mitchell/Philip Chapman (CM Research, Nelson) as well as Environment Southland’s Aaron Fox. It is planned to make the presentations available through the Our Way Southland website.