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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
New Zealand is in a heatwave! This tropical weather can be
really nice (bring on the beach), but it also comes with
some hazards that we might not be used to dealing with -
especially around our little people. In hot weather, babies and young children can rapidly lose
body fluids through sweating - much more so than adults. This fluid loss can lead to dehydration, which is especially
dangerous for small children.
Operations of the Karori Plunket Crèche will be transferred
to the Karori community in the new year, following
successful negotiations between Plunket and crèche
The negotiations began in response to the Karori Under Fives
community consultation held in June and July this year, when
almost 450 people provided feedback to Plunket about the
priority needs of young Karori families. Spokesperson for the Karori Crèche parents, Rachael Bowie,
said, "We are thrilled our much-loved and needed community
crèche will remain open.
Photo Kaye NorthernVolunteer of Yr 1218 Seven and a half
years ago Kaye Connor and her family welcomed their first
baby into the world. It wasn’t long before she found
herself volunteering for Plunket. This month, Kaye was
awarded Plunket Volunteer of the Year for the Auckland
region at a function supported by BestStart, Plunket’s
The first participants in a programme helping to educate and
support Māori whānau to provide safe sleeping spaces for
their new babies will celebrate their success on Sunday 25
November. The Whānau Ora – Raranga Wahakura Pilot Project was
developed by Papakura Plunket Nurse Donna Fane to help
reduce SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy) rates among
Māori. “The Counties Manukau area has the highest SUDI rate
within New Zealand.