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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 New Zealand has partnered with Watercare in Auckland
and Wellington Water to help families and whānau understand
how they can protect their health and the local environment
by being mindful of what they pour down the sink and flush
down the toilet. Plunket’s Northern Region Operations Manager Sam Ferreira
says the partnerships provide a meaningful opportunity to
leverage resources throughout our main regions to benefit
families and the community. “A lot of families are unaware of fatbergs, which are
congealed masses of fat, grease, wet wipes and other
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.