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A loving caring home is essential to the mental, emotional
and physical growth of your children. Under fi ves achieve
80% of their mental and emotional growth during these all
important pre-school years. Children cannot reach
their potential in an abusive home.
When Waiariki Refuge talks about abusive behaviour
we mean physical, verbal, mental, emotional,
economic abuse as well as using children as weapons
to blackmail one parent.
The majority of abusive behaviour is, sadly, perpetrated
by men on women and children. For both men and women,
this has been a normal way to behave in families.
He is the perpetrator and she is the victim and the children
learn these behaviour patterns at an early age.
Abusive families become inter generational, and breaking this
cycle takes a lot of hard work and good will on all sides.
Women’s Refuge is about liberating women, children,
families and whanau from family violence, through
the provision of quality services
and Social Commentary.
The Refuge offers sanctuary for you and your children
to re-establish your life. We will support you to gain economic
independence, apply for protection orders,
and give advocacy in planning for your future.
Sometimes this means moving away from Rotorua,
either somewhere else in New Zealand and occasionally
relocating overseas. We can help you with a safety plan
to exit an abusive relationship safely.
Seek help as soon as abusive behavior becomes apparent;
you, may be able to stop the abuse becoming entrenched in
your relationship, and work together to fi nd non-violent ways
to deal with relationship stresses in a more positive way.
For free advice, ring our 24/7 helpline
on 349 0852, or contact the Police on 111
Waiariki Wo men’s Refuge
PO Box 704 Rotorua, Phone 07 349 0852
Your role is to love, teach and guide your child. They need your help to explore their world, to touch, taste,
listen and watch. Loving care, with activities right for the age, provides your child with the experiences
they need to grow to be happy, creative, affectionate, understanding and secure.
Your baby will grow and learn to do
things in their own time. Premature
babies’ developmental stages, their
growing and learning (eg smiling,
sitting) are counted from their due
date rather than their birth date.
Between one and three months
your baby will:
• smile and coo
• watch your face and try to respond
• hold their head up when being held
• lift their head for a short time when
lying on the floor on their tummy
• follow gentle movement close to
• become quieter at the sound of your
Language / Te Reo
A newborn baby is aware of sounds
and noises. You may notice your baby
move their arms and legs to the sound
of your voice.
When people talk to babies they
often use a higher tone of voice,
repeat what they say and use simple
short sentences. This kind of speech
catches babies’ attention as they
listen to the sounds and words.
Even from a very early age
baby will try to copy your mouth
movements when you talk to them.
Eyesight / Te kitenga
Babies’ eyesight develops
gradually. They need to develop strong
eye muscles so they can grow up
seeing everything around them and to
see things steadily with both eyes.
From birth babies can see most
clearly 20–30 cm in front of them.
Things closer or further away look
blurred. Babies enjoy looking at faces,
contrasting colours (particularly black
and white) and bright colours.
By four weeks, your baby will turn
to look at lights and windows.
Hearing / Te rongo
Your baby’s hearing is fully
developed at birth. You may notice
• cry or startle (jump) when there is a
sudden loud noise
• stir in their sleep at sudden noises
• look up or stop sucking when
breastfeeding when there is a loud
If you are concerend about
your baby’s hearing, eyesight or
development, talk with your Plunket
nurse, other well child health provider
or doctor. It is important to pick up any
problems early so your child can be
helped as soon as possible. For more
information go to www.plunket.org.nz .
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