There is a range of options for you and your partner for antenatal classes and education across our region.

The wānanga hapūtanga programme covers mainstream and traditional Māori practices relating to pregnancy and birth. The programme operates across the district. 

Attendance is limited to 10 whānau per wānanga hapūtanga.

The wānanga hapūtanga is open to all, not just first time parents or those of Māori descent.  Hapū māmā are encouraged to bring along their support whānau, ie, tamariki,  partners and wider whānau members are welcome. There is no cost to attend and transport can be provided. Kai (food) is also provided throughout the 2 day wānanga.

2020 dates


  • 26-27 November


  • 8-9 December


  • 29-30 October

How to register

Registrations will be taken and prioritised according to estimated date of delivery and any other considerations. Please ask your midwife or health professional to refer you, or download the registration form

About the programme

The programme operates from a kaupapa Māori or Māori philosophy base with tikanga or Maori protocols observed, including karakia , mihimihi (speeches of welcome) and whanaungatanga (introductions) and mihi mutunga (farewell speeches). The programme is designed to bring whānau back to Maori traditions.  
An understanding of Māori language is not required for the programme as it is conducted mainly in English.

Hapū wānanga is an interactive forum and covers:
•    care during pregnancy
•    labour/childbirth and post natal care
•    access to maternity services
•    traditional Māori birth practices, pūrākau and karakia
•    safe sleeping practices
•    smokefree whānau
•    breastfeeding
•    bonding and gentle handling of baby.

On completion of the programme whānau are given their choice of safe sleep device, either a wahakura or pēpi pod, and a koha gift pack that comes with mattress, sheets, merino blanket, baby clothes and accessories.  

The programme is a partnership between Nelson Marlborough Health’s Te Waka Hauora Maori Health team and Maternity Services; local Maori providers and community.

If you have more questions

For more information or enquiries about wānanga hapūtanga, please email [email protected]

Nelson Marlborough Health midwives and educators provide up-to-date information and advice on pregnancy and parenting in an informative, interactive and relaxed way. The antenatal classes, along with your healthcare team, assist you to have a fit, healthy pregnancy.

Over the five week course you'll gain knowledge and skills to take you through pregnancy, labour and birth, the early days of parenting and beyond. During the classes there will be information on forming a birth plan, coping skills and the process of labour and birth; what to expect after the birth; feeding your baby and planning your new roles as parents. 

Locations, dates & times

All antenatal classes are currently available to access online as presentations.

Weekly material

How to book

There is no need to currently book classes as they are available online via the links above. If you do have questions please check with your midwife or phone the Maternity reception on (03) 546 1437.

This class offers an online opportunity to access antenatal yoga classes, guided relaxations, and sleep advice for pregnant women and their partners across the NMDHB region. It is free and an important aspect of antenatal education.

View the class via this link:

Motueka Maternity’s Mama Morning - every Friday from 10.30am - 11.00am

Mama Morning is for Mamas in the last trimester of pregnancy and Mamas with babies up to 6 weeks old. 

Please join us to chat about the joys and challenges that new Mamas have. A great space to learn about babies, breastfeeding and being a Mama. Your questions are welcome. Or just come along to hear from our midwife and other Mamas in the region.

Motueka Maternity Unit
15 Courtney Street

ReConnect parenting and pregnancy sessions for new parents are an opportunity for socialisation and education, with parenting and child development tips, feeding support, interactive music and movement. Sessions are free.

When: Wednesdays 12.30 to 1.30pm

  • 24 June
  • 22 July
  • 19 August
  • 16 September
  • 14 October
  • 11 November
  • 9 December

Refreshments are included.

Where: Richmond Town Hall Cambridge St, Richmond

Contact: Jenny Dravitzki 022 658 5017 [email protected]

Reconnect poster June 2021

Nelsons Parents Centre provide childbirth education (antenatal) classes in Nelson and Motueka.

For more information and to book please visit the Nelson Parents Centre website.