Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to Plunket.Nau mai, haere mai
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
Plunket says data analysed by the New Zealand Herald, which
links poor housing with increasing numbers of children being
hospitalized with preventable diseases, reflects what many
Plunket nurses are seeing each and every day. “Plunket is welcomed in to 9 in 10 homes of families with
newborns and our nurses and health workers regularly see
young children getting sick time and again from illnesses
caused by living in cold, damp, overcrowded housing,” said
Plunket’s Chief Executive Amanda Malu. “Young
children’s health and wellbeing is bearing the brunt of
the housing crisis and this is an unacceptable cost.
The first knock on a door opens a new story. Some families
need support, some advice, some an encouraging voice, but
all benefit from the community support Plunket provides. As part of our ongoing commitment to making sure the
services provided by Plunket are the very best they can be,
we spoke to Plunket nurses from top of the North to bottom
of the South.
Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are increasing slowly,
according to Plunket data released during World
Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2015 and in 2016, 87. 5% of babies aged
between 2 and 6 weeks received breast milk, a figure 1.
Plunket is saddened this week by the passing of Te Ao Marama
Wilson, who dedicated much of her life to supporting
communities and improving the health of tamariki as part of
Haere atu ra e te whaea, hoki atu ki o maunga kārangaranga
me o tīpuna haere atu ra, haere atu Moe mai ra. Te Ao Marama Wilson has closed her eyes for the last time on