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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
Community consultation (7 – 25 June) begins today to help
Plunket better understand the needs of Karori families with
children under five years old. Radha Balakrishnan, Plunket’s Chief of Strategy and
Performance, says the consultation is an opportunity to hear
from hundreds of young families in Karori - so Plunket can
be sure it is delivering the services they need most. The
future of Plunket’s Karori Crèche will be part of the
conversations and consultation.
*Plunket's submission on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill*
Plunket CEO Amanda Malu says the Child Poverty Reduction
Bill is a significant and welcome step in eliminating the
devastating impacts of child poverty.
Speaking at today’s Select Committee hearing on the Bill,
Ms Malu said it did not go far enough in recognising the
importance of the wider ‘village’ to a child’s
well-being and the vast disparities for some groups of
children, particularly Māori tamariki.
“Plunket sees first-hand the damage done to a child when
they grow up in a family and community experiencing poverty.
Plunket is encouraging all pregnant women to get immunised
against both whooping cough and influenza. Immunisation Week (30 April – 6 May) this year is all
about immunisation from pregnancy onwards. “Immunisation is an important tool in preventing the
spread of disease and it’s free”, says Dr Jane
O’Malley, Plunket’s Chief Nurse.
The recent wintry blast has signalled that winter is not far
away, and Plunket is reminding families that now is a good
time to get prepared and stay alert to the dangers from
heaters, fireplaces and other sources of winter warmth. “We always advise parents and caregivers to remember the
‘heater-metre rule’. “Heat can build up quickly so
keep heaters at least one metre away from bedding, curtains,
clothing and furniture and other flammable items,” says
Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.