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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
Plunket is proud to support the national Safe Sleep
initiative for whānau this Safe Sleep Day, 1 December. Plunket’s National Advisor for Māori Health, Zoe Tipa,
says Safe Sleep Day is a national campaign focused on
promoting safe sleep practices for babies, so that every
sleep is a safe sleep. “Every year in New Zealand, more than 40 babies die from
Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI – which includes
SIDS or cot death) and it is preventable.
Plunket is celebrating the extension to paid parental leave
today as ‘an important investment in families and the
future of New Zealand’. The Bill passed its third reading today, and the new law
will extend parental leave from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from 1
July 2018, and to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. “Today’s extension to paid parental leave is a step
forward to be celebrated.
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.