From Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu:Kia ora,I hope you and your whānau are doing okay, as we enter into day two of our nation-wide lockdown. As promised I wanted to keep you all updated on what Plunket’s doing to ensure we can continue to protect you and your whānau during this time. The move to alert level 4 has meant that we have had to suspend all of our usual face-to-face services - but we've been working hard to innovate and offer alternative ways to support our Kiwi whānau.
We're going to be sharing lots of different resources and activities to help you entertain your little ones at home over the next four weeks while we're all in lockdown, so keep an eye on our website and the Plunket New Zealand Facebook page. 30 Days of Play Here are 30 different ideas for ways you can have fun and develop your child's mind at the same time! Facebook Live: Happy Chaos
Tonight we're talking.
Following the Government’s announcement that New Zealand has raised its COVID-19 Alert level to Level 3, and within 48 hours will raise to Level 4, effectively immediately Plunket will suspend all its face to face services to ensure New Zealand whānau and tamariki remain safe. Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu says Plunket has had to make some difficult decisions in a short period of time, but despite having to stop face to face services Plunket remains committed to supporting New Zealand whānau more than ever. “We are currently working on a number of alternative ways of delivering our services to ensure no one feels isolated or alone and to be sure that whānau have support and access to Plunket’s support when they need it most,” Ms Malu says.
Tamariki and whānau are at the heart of everything we do, and ensuring the health and safety of our children, families and communities is our primary concern. Due to the latest developments, we’ve decided to temporarily close all of our clinics, play groups, and parenting groups from Monday 23 March 2020. Taking this step will help to reduce the risk of infection and protect families.
Plunket Whānau Āwhina and the New Zealand College of Midwives ran a Facebook Live Chat Q&A on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) to support pregnant women and those with young tamariki this morning. You can watch this below, or on the Plunket New Zealand Facebook page.
Kia ora! 👋Welcome to our Live Chat about COVID-19.
Kia ora,Plunket is mindful of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and wanted to assure you we’re taking all precautions necessary to protect you and your whānau during this worrying time. We also wanted to let you know what Plunket is doing, and to give you some helpful advice on how to keep yourself, tamariki and wider whānau safe. How we can helpYour local Plunket nurse is there to help so if you have any questions or concerns, please send them a text or give them a call in the first instance.
Plunket and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have launched the Mere Harper and Ria Tikini Memorial Scholarship, acknowledging two wāhine toa who were instrumental in starting Plunket and inspiring Plunket’s rebrand, both which are being launched today. The annual scholarship aims to give financial support of $3,000 to a full-time nursing student, of Ngāi Tahu descent in their final year of study. Many people know the story of Plunket’s beginnings in Karitāne and the work of Dr Truby King – but what they don’t know is that’s not the full story.
Inclined infant sleep products, which have been attributed to multiple deaths in the United States, have today been banned in New Zealand. An Unsafe Goods Notice published in the New Zealand Gazette means that it is now illegal to import or sell inclined infant sleep products (inclined sleepers) in New Zealand. “Inclined sleepers are a major risk for infants.
Andrée Talbot, a leader, volunteer and honorary life member of Plunket who was instrumental in the development and success of Plunket services has sadly died. Throughout her more than 20 years’ service with Plunket Andrée created a legacy that Plunket is forever grateful for. “Andrée started with Plunket in Devonport in 1996 as a volunteer following the birth of her first child.
The South Auckland Nappy Bank celebrated the major milestone with over one million nappies being gifted to families in need. The initiative, set up in 2017 is part of the Plunket and Huggies’ 26-year partnership. The Southern Initiative’s ‘Early Years Challenge Report’, data showed that South Auckland was a young population with a higher than average concentration of children aged zero to three.