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Legal Support

GRG is not able to give legal advice on your case but we are able to give you general information about the law and the types of issues that are relevant for full time grandparent and whanau caregivers.  We can also refer members to the relevant agencies or information sources.

Where to get help

Phone or visit a Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Citizens’ Advice Bureaus around New Zealand provide information about the law. Some may be able to provide initial legal advice.

Find a Citizens’ Advice Bureau near you

Family Court

The Family Justice website has information about dealing with personal and family disputes, including reaching agreement about how to care for your children after a relationship breakup.

Family Court Navigator service | Kaiārahi o te Kooti-a-Whānau 

This is a service that was first introduced in 2021.

The Kaiārahi – Family Court Navigators help whānau and families with information, guidance and support on their journey through the Family Court by helping with:

  • Understanding the language, processes and outcomes of Family Court proceedings
  • Where appropriate, accessing out-of-court services and support in the community to help you reach agreement about the care of your children
  • Remaining engaged and involved in any Family Court proceedings by working to address any barriers that are preventing you from participating
  • With your agreement they can also connect you with other agencies and services in the community to support you as needed.

The Kaiārahi are a free service, but they do not give legal advice.


Phone or visit a Community Law Centre

Community law centres provide information and other legal help. Their services are particularly for people who cannot afford to pay. They are able to give legal advice on your case.

Find a community law centre near you

Find information online

Many people can sort out more minor legal difficulties themselves if they have the right information.

Getting legal advice

If you don’t know a suitable lawyer already:

Legal aid

Legal Aid Services is government funding to pay for legal help for people who cannot afford a lawyer. It is available for people facing criminal charges, and those with a civil legal problem or family dispute (including family matters) that may go to court, as well as for Waitangi Tribunal.

Find out more about legal aid

About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



Contact us

Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

Email GRG Office

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