Father Stories

We asked Kiwi men, including a few you'll recognise, and boys to share the life lessons from their fathers that have positively shaped their lives.

What’s the most important thing your father taught you?


My dad always told me, in one way or another, “You can do it. Just go for it. If someone else did it, you can do too.”


my father left me so i couldnt tell you what my father taught me.

Katie Hensman

My had has always told be the only constant in life is change. Its something that has helped me get through a lot of challenges in my life and is also one of the most accurate things I’ve ever heard.


That I am valuable and that I have worth. He always treated me that way. He made time for me. He also taught me to take risks and try again if I failed.

Graham Tantau

My step dad taught me fishing hunting and how to respect women as I got to see him treat my mother like a queen there is much more to being a dad/role model then blood.

Peter Hallett

“Never a borrower but a lender be”. That was drummed into me from an early age, along with “want not, need not”.

Carolyn Mathieson

My dad always told us kids, “You have to work hard to play hard.” What he meant was that in order to enjoy the fun things in life, you need to be sure you work hard on the foundation of life. Family, respect, work hard and reward yourself later – as an incentive, not an entitlement.

Harry wang

Never see my dad from when I am 3 years old. So I feel that’s very bad and sad!




My dad taught me compassion for others and to be creative. He would make up stories for me and my friends. My dad is amazing, kind and a inspiration. Love you always dad ox


My father always used to say to me “build good memories for your children” he did for me and I have done for my children, they have told me so.


My dad taught me: the importance of responsibility- hard work before play. Remember to have fun. Try everything- if you don’t like it, try something new but try things- live life. Share- share good healthy food, your time, yourself- help others, sing, dance, friendship, music, always be welcoming to everyone whether you know them or not. Mostly be a worthwhile person that the family can be proud of- always do your best and be your best.


That if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.


My Dad taught me; if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves…..


My Dad taught me how to stay calm. He always seemed calm no matter what was happening. I like that about myself and it was modelled to me by my Dad. Love you Dad


My dad taught me to laugh, to take care of other people and always have time for your family and friends.


Never cross a bridge twice.