what is surrogate grandparents?

Surrogate Grandparents is a New Zealand based Charitable Trust (CC54933) who connects families with surrogate grandparents in order to forge lasting friendships and family bonds.

What problems are we helping to solve? 

Social isolation and loneliness are much more serious than just uncomfortable feelings... Research has shown that social isolation and loneliness has been linked with increased mortality, depression, high blood pressure and dementia. These are serious issues in New Zealand and not just for our older generations. Social isolation and loneliness are problems that people struggle with right across New Zealand's social demographics on a daily basis. 

How can Surrogate Grandparents help?

Surrogate Grandparents is the bridge that connects generations. By connecting families with surrogate grandparents and grandparents with our children; we can fight social isolation and loneliness in New Zealand. Working together, we can make New Zealand a more caring and connected nation.


what our members say

Our members have made some amazing connections and have expanded their families through our Family match programme. Here’s what some of our members have to say….

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Jo & TIM, Wellington

“Having not had a mother through my journey into motherhood I decided to bite the bullet and sign us up, and it’s been one of the best things we could have done. We couldn’t have asked for more from our Wellington based 'grandies' who join us for our son's swimming, we do lunch dates, and sometimes they look after M to give us a wee break. I believe that the connection created has been a win-win for all of us.”

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Helen & Peter - wellington

“Got the loveliest flowers and card from our wee family from Karori thanking us for taking a dive into surrogate grandparents. We love our wee family to bits they are so precious. We see them every two to three weeks and appreciate them including us in so many activities we always learn more and get to love them more and more. so grateful for all you do. May you continue to have encouragement”. Helen & Peter


KATE - christchurch

“Not having my parents close by is heartbreaking... but you have helped turn it into a blessing because we now have surrogate grandies to be part of our lives; to share in the special moments and to form lasting bonds with our daughter. Thank you surrogate grandparents NZ!”

Get Involved

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved. These include:  

Join up - if you want a "surrogate grandie" or are looking for a family to adopt click here.

Volunteering - want to help us kick start our organisation? We are always looking for awesome people who can help us make this a HUGE success! If you are keen to hear more click here. 

Rest/Retirement Homes - if you feel that your residents will benefit from receiving visitors from young families and their children get in contact with us and we will do our utmost to help you.

Kindys/Pre-schools/Playgroups - if you would like us to arrange for your centre to receive visits from our elderly community. Do get in contact with us.

Talks & Presentations - if your group would like us to come and talk to them about Surrogate Grandparents and what we are all about, please do contact us. Auckland only currently..

Become a friend of Surrogate Grandparents - we love to surround ourselves with awesome people who can support us - would you like to be one? Click here to find out how.

Fundraise for us - there are a number of ways you can help. Click here to find out more.

Donations - looking for a great organisation to donate to? Donate via Paypal.

Corporate/Community Support - we believe in mutually beneficial partnerships. Find out more here.

Media & Advertising - for our full media kit, click here.


For Families
(Surrogate FamilIES)

Are you a family living in New Zealand away from your own family or grandparents? Do you miss the support and social connection that a grandparent can offer you and your family?

Connecting with a surrogate grandparent could be for you; it's a great way to create new friendships & extend your family here in NZ. 

Check out this weeks Featured Grandparents here.

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For Grandparents
(Surrogate Grandparents)

Don't have grandchildren? Have your children flown too far from the nest and you don't get to see your grandchildren as often as you like?

Would you like to share the laughs and companionship with a family closer to home? Connecting with a family through Surrogate Grandparents NZ could be for you.

Check out this weeks Featured Families here.

What can you do to help?


  • Become an Regional Coordinator with promotions, activities, events and fundraisers in your area.

  • Provide Administrative Support to our Head Office or to your local Regional Coordinator.

  • Help out with local Events & Campaigns

  • Join the Surrogate Grandparents Board or Committee and help to guide the future of the organisation (nominations considered at each AGM)

  • Volunteer your story or write articles for our blog or to feature on our website.

Surrogate Grandparents loves awesome people who are willing to donate their time and efforts to help us out. If you would like to become a volunteer, or just talk to someone more about volunteer opportunities, then give us a call on: 021 288 8875 or email: info@surrogategrandparents.org.nz



We now have Regional coordinators in Nelson, the Waikato & Christcurch areas. However we are still looking for coordinators in the following areas - Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu -Wanganui, Wellington, Tasman, Marlborough, West Coast,  Otago, Southland.




new zealand grandparents day - 28th October 2018

Head to our sister website for further details of events near you.

Check out our new Facebook page for regular updates.

INtergenerational Playgroup - Hibiscus Coast - 30th October 2018


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