A training and support group for new fathers has been given a $15,000 hand-out from charity fund-raiser Sovereign Sunshine.

The Dads4Dads programme, offered by Plunket and online fatherhood forum DIYfather.com, taught fathers how to raise their babies. The free programme discussed fatherhood issues in a male-only, non-judgemental zone, the DIYfather site said.

The Dads4Dads course would be offered throughout New Zealand, with the next course in Counties Manukau on Thursday June 18, Plunket's clinical advisor Erin Beatson said.

Sovereign Sunshine collected money for a number of registered charities through its website. Site users then voted to decide which organisation was the most worthy.