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We are New Zealand's largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. Plunket works together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child. Whānau āwhina - caring for families.
We provide support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. We work together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child
Being called on to Puketeraki Marae yesterday was a special
moment for myself and my Plunket colleagues, as we
celebrated 110 years of Whānau Āwhina. We were joined by Kāti Huirapa whānau and tamariki from
Karitane School for our hikoi from the marae to Karitane,
home of our founder Sir Truby King, and the wellspring from
which Plunket emerged over a century ago. Each of us felt privileged to be there and reflect on our
connection to Plunket and to the staff and volunteers who
came before us who, like us, believed in making a difference
for tamariki and their families.
Plunket/Whānau Āwhina staff and volunteers are being
joined by direct descendants of the first ‘Plunket baby’
from Kāti Huirapa whānau today, in a hikoi to mark 110
years of Plunket.
Around 30 Plunket staff and volunteers are making a symbolic
journey from Puketeraki Marae to Karitane, birthplace of
Plunket and home of its founder Sir Truby King, joined by
whānau from Kāti Huirapa and school children from Karitane
School. The hikoi marks 110 years of the first Karitane hospital
opening its doors, and celebrates the local staff and
volunteers today and over Plunket’s history for supporting
the health and wellbeing of generations of local whānau and