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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
Now the Government has moved to give parents or caregivers
up to 26 weeks paid parental leave by 2020, the debate has
moved on – should both parents or caregivers be given the
choice to take that leave at the same time? What’s best
for babies and whānau – what are parents telling us they
need, and what does the evidence show?
First, let’s take a breath and recognise the extension of
paid parental leave for the great leap forward it is –
we’ve campaigned for this for several years, as have
others (we’re looking at you, Sue Moroney). We’ve
welcomed successive Governments’ incremental extensions to
paid parental leave. We’ve done this because supporting parents and caregivers
to spend time with their babies is exactly the good idea it
seems – it’s recognized globally as providing
significant benefits to tamariki, whānau and communities.
It’s been a year since the Kaikoura earthquake of 14
November 2016 – a natural disaster that had a great effect
on many lives. One year on and Plunket would like to
recognise the amazing work Community Service Coordinator
Marz Simpson did in response to the aftermath of the quake. After the earthquake, Marz was instrumental in providing
support to local whānau.
Plunket says the Government’s decision to bring in its
Families Package by 1 July 2018 and to set targets to reduce
child poverty are steps forward in giving the welfare of New
Zealand’s young children the priority it deserves. The
plans were confirmed in today’s Speech from the Throne. Plunket also welcomes the Government acting to tackle the
housing crisis in their first 100 days with policies to give
more New Zealanders access to a safe, warm, dry home.