Welcome to Parenting 101

This page is supported by the Wanaka Alcohol Group (WAG) and initiatives from it’s AlcoholWise Wanaka (AWW) Campaign.

By supporting youth, parents and the community, the aim is to create parenting on the same wavelength and ultimately empowering our community to make positive choices for healthy living.

Please explore, enjoy and share the following information.

Brainwave Trust Videos

Protective Factors

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The Brain Structure


The Firing of the Brain

Lack of Interaction

Serve & Return

Rupture & Repair

Circle of Security

On The Same Wavelength Feedback

Are our Year 10 & 11 students equipped to handle the pressures of social media, pornography, alcohol and other drugs that will come their way.... and how can the community support families navigating these important teenage years? Building on previous sessions, the Wanaka Alcohol Group in partnership with Mount Aspiring College, presented the parenting evening ‘On the Same Wavelength’, on Thursday, September 13th, to hear community experts explore these issues.

There were opportunities to connect with other parents, ask questions of the presenters and appreciate ‘we are not alone’ when navigating these years. Here are the presentations by:

  • Bronwyn Coers, WAG coordinator - setting the youth scene from a research perspective.
  • Constable Phil Vink, Police - covering the legality of parenting and associated responsibilities.
  • Karen Munro, MAC Guidance Counsellor – addressing teen health, sleep research and anxiety.
  • Malcolm Creagh, Adventure Development Ltd Counsellor – exploring drug and alcohol intervention.
  • Simon Nyhof, MAC Yr 11 Dean – parenting tips to support best learning opportunities for teens.

Feedback from the evening indicated parents were interested more information on drugs,  peer pressure, sex education, and mindfulness.

Great websites to check for further info is ‘No Safe Limits & www.alac.org.nz.


On The Same Wavelength 

An event for Year 10 and Year 11 Parents

Thursday September 13th at 7pm

Room 14 North Block

No Safe Limits Website

This months newsletter from the very informative No Safe Limits has a load of informative articles on all kinds of issues. 

"As a parent you can provide your child with info about the effects of alcohol and support them to delay starting drinking."

Issues covered this month: 
Talking To Your Teenagers
Alcohol and Cancer
Parties At Your Home
The Teenage Brain
Alcohol Free Events

‘A parent’s Perspective on youth and alcohol’.

This survey explored one quarter of the Mount Aspiring College parent population’s perspectives on alcohol consumption by under 18s.

It was found that the majority of respondents were comfortable with their young person consuming alcohol from 16 years of age, and over half of respondents supplied their young person with alcohol. However, there was a notion that parents felt pressured to supply the alcohol. 

It was made apparent that alcohol harm reduction interventions need to be tied into a whole community objective of decoupling alcohol with normalisation. This can be achieved at three levels: increase personal ability to resist pressure; reduce social supply pressure; and change local social norms surrounding alcohol consumption.

Click here for the full report

BU Dance Performance

Click here to view our MAC students promote Youth Messages at the Festival of Sport and Recreation.

We recommend conversations in your home

Be informed... Read the ‘whanau pack’... and click on the helpful links below

Factors that influence teenager’s drinking.


The effects alcohol has on the teenage brain



What to do when things go wrong


HPA has produced a booklet resource Alcohol & your kids with accompanying online videos. This booklet is for parents and caregivers. It includes most of the information found on this webpage.

Download 'Alcohol & your kids' booklet PDF (4.15MB)

Watch the videos that go with the booklet Alcohol & your kids


Advice on hosting a party at your place


Advice on parties at someone else’s place


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