Who We Are

Parent Help is a Wellington based community agency that has been offering services to families since 1989. We provide help with all parenting issues from the smallest to the most serious issue of child abuse. At the heart of Parent Help are the people who work, volunteer and support the organisation.

Our volunteers

Our Helpline is staffed by skilled and committed volunteers who offer their time, experience and knowledge to respond to the myriad of issues which parents are facing in today’s environment.

The Helpline would not be possible without their generous commitment to supporting families throughout New Zealand.

Our staff

The day-to-day management of Parent Help is undertaken by an amazing team dedicated to the well-being of children and families:

Dale Powles, Manager
Louise Rolfe, Helpline Coordinator
Trine Commisso, Communications Consultant
Alison Smith, Finance Officer
Patricia Stratton, Office Administrator
Fiona Markwell, Helpline Staff
Preet Kaur, Helpline Staff
Katrina Jacobsen, Psychotherapist
Mary Brownlow, Art Therapist, Counsellor
Maria Simblett, Counsellor


Our board

Current board members are:

John Ballingall, Deputy Chief Executive, NZIER
Douglas Pauling, Chair, The Treasure our Young Foundation
Nicola Pauling, Director, Voice Arts Trust
Arti Chand, Lawyer, Arti Chand Tax Law
Christeen MacKenzie, Deputy Director General, Department of Conservation