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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
After a significant make-over, Plunket’s Manurewa Family
Centre re-opens today to provide a welcoming, warm space for
local families and whānau. Renamed Poutokomanawa, the centre aims to provide a safe
place where whānau can relax and meet other parents, attend
Plunket clinics and ask questions about the health or
wellbeing of their family. About 60 people attended the re-opening, including Plunket
Chief Executive Amanda Malu.
Plunket welcomes the announcement that the Government will
be banning smoking in vehicles carrying children under 18
years of age, but says it will require the support of
communities to help parents and caregivers to give up
smoking. Jane O’Malley, Plunket’s Chief Nurse, said the evidence
is overwhelming that exposure to second-hand smoke is a
major risk to children’s health. “Ongoing education programmes and increased support
services are key to effecting long-lasting change.
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.