This Sunday will be particularly special for Carl Chenery.
The Swanson resident will be celebrating his first father's day after the birth of his daughter Abigail four months ago.
Mr Chenery prepared thoroughly for his new role by reading plenty of parenting books and talking to friends who were already fathers.
"It's really beneficial for me to have male support and its important to share your experiences."
The early years of his child's life will be very important to lay a strong foundation he says.
"I want to be a dad that is present and I want her to see me as someone who is making a contribution to their community.
"It's critical for Abi and for our family unit for me to be a good man."
Chief executive of Violence Free Waitakere Elaine Dyer says it's important that men and male role models "show-up" for kids.
"Often dads don't get the recognition they deserve. Every day dads are being heroes and kids need more of that."
The organisation is holding a photo exhibition titled Westie Dads in Action this week, showing photos of fathers and their children.
The exhibition will be showing today in Lynn Mall and will then move to Westcity Mall for the rest of the week.
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Go to facebook.com/ViolenceFreeWaitakere to view the photos and vote for your favourite dad.
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