Welcome to Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa (PADA)
formerly the Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust (PMHNZ)

We currently have our new website being written so please bear with us. The new site will be a greatly expanded one with a considerable amount of information for both mothers and health profesionals.


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Download the 2016 Seminar Series flyer

The 2015 Series has been a great success. Our thanks to all the presenters and helpers who freely gave their time and, of course, to all the attendees without which the seminars would not take place.

We are preparing the 2016 programme of Seminar Days now. Email us with your name and the town/city in which you live and we will let you know the location of our nearest 2016 Seminar when the dates are finalised.

Thank you to those who presented and attended the PMHNZ/TAHA seminar on Pasifika Perinatal Mental Health in Auckland on 23 July. Here is the link to the Raising Children clip on PND

Tagata Pasifika were invited to the seminar and interviewed Sara Weeks and Seini Taufa. Here is the link: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/ondemand/tagata-pasifika/01-08-2015/series-2015-episode-27

Download a copy of our 2015 Annual Report

Our Vision

PADA �s vision is to eliminate the stigma around perinatal mental health in New Zealand by championing awareness and facilitating best practice in perinatal mental health and wellbeing to ensure all families have access to appropriate information and support


There was no national umbrella organisation for perinatal mental health in New Zealand. A brainstorming day was held in Wellington in June 2009. This was attended by 30 representatives from a range of agencies and organisations connected with perinatal distress issues from around New Zealand. They identified interests in, aims and objectives for a national networking group for Perinatal Distress. A "working group" was conceived and the Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust was born on 3rd February 2011. The organisation grew rapidly and in 2015 it was decided that a more memorable name was needed but one that still reflected our aims. After much thought, argument and finally concensus, the Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust was reborn as PADA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa).

Our Mission


To develop, collate and make accessible, resources that help organisations in the field who provide assistance to families and whanau affected by perinatal mental illness

To advocate for appropriate and accessible services for perinatal mental health in close consultation with organisations in the field as well as with affected individuals

To educate health and social service providers about prevention, treatment and recovery of perinatal mental illness

To raise awareness nationally

To support research into families' experience of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood, and factors that may lead to mental illness

To raise awareness and advocate for services supporting children impacted by perinatal mental illness and distress

To help to create a positive social culture of encouragement and support for new parents

To provide other support and assistance consistent with this charitable purpose

We include: mums, dads, caregivers, whanau, professionals, researchers, educators, support groups, community supporters and employers, who work with: depression, distress, anxiety, psychosis, adjustment to parenting, fertility & birth trauma



We would like to thank everyone who helped us in to improve outcomes for families and whanau affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. Our grateful thanks go to National Lotteries Committee for their continuing support which enabled us to organize 5 Seminar Days around NZ and continue to build our database of services and networks. Thanks also to TG Macarthy Trust for their funding and to the many businesses and people who have sponsored our events.

Read or download the list of sponsors - this will open in another window - save or read on-line


Contact details

Email: pmhnzoffice@gmail.com
Website: www.pmhnz.org.nz
Postal Address: PO Box 58122, Whitby, Porirua 5245, New Zealand
Office Address: Level 2, 21-29 Broderick Road, Johnsonville, Wellington
Telephone:       (+64) 04 461 6318

For all general enquiries please telephone the office or:
Treena Cooper, Administrator     (+64) 021 024 82123

For Board Matters please telephone:
Rosie Smith, Chair     (+64) 027 242 2499
Board Email: pmhnzboard@gmail.com