Our regular contributors

Jenny Hale
Jenny has a primary teaching background and spent three years as a parent educator. Jenny runs workshops at The Parenting Place centre and at Hot Tips events around New Zealand. She is the senior Family Coach, working with existing clients as well as training new coaches. Jenny writes regularly for Parenting magazine and makes appearances on TV 3’s The Café. Jenny has two adult children and is a grandmother of two young children.

Read Jenny’s articles here.

Jo Batts
Jo recently joined the team at Parenting Place as a Family Coach. She is a qualified counsellor also working in private practice and running groups for tertiary students training to be counsellors. Jo is passionate about supporting couples as they wrangle the pressures of family life together.

Read Jo’s articles here.

James Beck
James Beck joined Attitude in 2007. He went on to become our South Island coordinator and more recently, the manager of the team of lively presenters. James is strongly motivated to help people realise their full potential, and sincerely inspires them to do so. With passion and his quirky sense of humour, he has delivered presentations to over 200,000 people nationwide, helping them make better choices around drugs and alcohol, sex, depression, youth suicide, technology, social media and getting on with their family.

Read James’ articles here.

Christian Gallen
Christian is a Senior Presenter and National Trainer for Attitude. He has spoken to over 100,000 young people nationwide during his long presenting career. Christian manages all the social media and online content for Attitude and is passionate about seeing young people make great choices online and offline.

Read Christian’s articles here.

Petra Bagust
Petra has enjoyed a stellar broadcasting career over the last 20 years, fronting a wide range of successful series including national and international programs. She is known for her honest wit, enthusiasm and ability to connect with anyone. Petra is a regular columnist for Parenting and presents around the country as part of our Hot Tips Roadshow.

Read Petra’s articles here.