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Ian has been an outstanding advocate for youth and parenting in New Zealand for many years. In 1993 Ian and his wife Mary established Parenting with Confidence Inc. (now The Parenting Place) the first resource centre for parents in New Zealand.

Ian spent 33 years running Youth for Christ, a national youth organisation involving thousands of young people and volunteer workers in clubs, town hall events, camps and social programmes. He is well known for his creativity and innovation in programming to young people. It is this freshness that comes through in his approach to parenting.


In April 2006 Ian and Mary were jointly awarded the Auckland Mayor’s Living Legend award – the first couple to receive it.
Ian was awarded the Companion of the Queens Service Order in 2009, in recognition of all his work helping youth and parents.
Ian is a Paul Harris Fellow (highest international Rotary award).
Honorary Citizenship of Hamilton City (Third largest city in New Zealand) in recognition of work with families and youth.
Senior New Zealander of the year, 2013


For 14 years, Ian co‐produced and hosted a weekly family forum ‘Pass the Salt’ on Radio New Zealand Community Network. This programme won the Australian Pater Award 1982 and the New York Radio Festival Gold Award in 1984 for best community programme. 
In 2012, “Christmas morning with Ian Grant”, produced by CBA on Newstalk ZB Radio Network was the finalists award winner at the New York festivals.
Ian’s Hot Tips appear weekly on twelve radio stations throughout New Zealand.
Ian regularly features on three programmes with the Rhema Radio Network in New Zealand; “The Love Doctor” (Youth) on Life FM Network and Relationship Issues with Mark Sainsbury on the Radio Live network.


Ian has written ‐ Fathers Who Dare Win; The White Water Rafting Years (co-written with John Cowan for parents of teenagers); Growing Great Boys; Growing Great Girls; Communicate; and Growing Great Marriages.

Ian and Mary have authored nine books between them, all of which have been best sellers in Australia and New Zealand. A number of their books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Russian, Chinese and Serbian.


Ian has appeared as a regular guest and parenting consultant on the national television programme ‘5 o’clock with Jude Dobson’.

Developed and fronted the New Zealand television programme ‘The Herd’ which ran for 8 years on Television One Primetime 6 pm Sundays, (subsequently shown in Denmark, Africa, USA and Australia). 

Developed and fronted Christmas video shows (5 years) ‘That’s What You Think’ Australian TV Channel 7. 

Two series as guest presenter of ‘Daily Calls’ ITV Scotland.

Public Speaking:

 Ian is a highly sought after speaker at national events including conferences, service clubs, New Zealand television, schools and church events. 


Ian has been married to Mary for 50 years. Mary has worked with him on many of the above programmes. She is a trained primary school teacher and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Medal for Services to Youth in 1990. 

Ian and Mary are parents to three adult children Andrew, Kim and Jonathan and eleven grandchildren. Ian is affectionately known as “Chiefy” to his grandchildren.


Andrew, Senior Principal with McKinsey & Co International.  Rhodes Scholar.

Jonathan, Anglican Priest in charge at St Paul's Auckland

Kim, Pastor with husband, Dr Craig Heilmann, at The Upper Room Church, Newmarket. Kim developed the Attitude programme for high schools alongside Parenting with Confidence, which is now in 91% of the high schools in New Zealand.

Community Work:

• Consultant to Danish Government on pre-teenage community youth programmes.
• Lecturer to Senior Detectives qualifying course on ‘Communicating to High Schoolers’ and ‘Family Values’ - 16 years.
• Initiator of the Auckland Mayoral Fathers’ Breakfasts which have been held annually since 1994. 700 men usually attend each Breakfast.
• Over 294,000 parents have attended the Grant’s two night Hot Tips for Parents seminars at Parenting with Confidence.
• In 2001 nine city Mayors declared Family Weeks based around the Hot Tips seminars and the Attitude programmes in high schools.
• Patron of the 240th Police Training Wing at The Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua (2007)
• Ian and Mary chosen as patrons for World Congress on Families in Sydney 2013