Plunket welcomes Capital’s child-friendly city commitment

Plunket welcomes the Wellington City Council’s announcement today, committing to becoming accredited as a UNICEF Child Friendly City. Wellington is the second New Zealand city to commit to the initiative, with Whangerei first to sign up in 2014.

Stephanie Shennan, Plunket’s General Manager Community Development and Volunteers, described Child Friendly Cities as a great way to develop the safe, vibrant and green neighbourhoods that support children to make a healthy start. After committing to become a Child Friendly City, a council goes through a staged process to achieve accreditation.

“We congratulate Wellington City Council in making this important commitment. Plunket is currently supporting Whangarei to work towards accreditation and would offer its support to other councils wishing to do the same,” said Mrs Shennan.

The UNICEF model encourages councils to look at the work they are already doing for children and develop an over-arching plan to most efficiently improve the well-being of their youngest citizens. Councils commit to work towards accreditation as a Child Friendly City, using the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities framework and the UN convention on the Rights of the Child as a guide.

For more information contact:

Jen Riches | Plunket Media Manager | 021 405 842 |

About Plunket

For over a century Plunket has supported New Zealand parents to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies. 

Plunket is a not-for-profit organisation and is New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five. 

Plunket is dedicated to working with parents and communities to ensure that New Zealand children get the best start in life. Plunket’s services help families nationwide, through over 300 branches, mobile clinics and a free phone service PlunketLine, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (0800 933 922).

Plunket services are available free to families in New Zealand with children aged 0 to 5. As registered nurses with a postgraduate qualification, Plunket nurses are able to offer high standards of expertise and a range of services to families.

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About BNZ – Principal Sponsor

Bank of New Zealand is proud to work hand in hand with Plunket to bring young New Zealand families support when they need it most.

BNZ is proud to have been a part of New Zealand since 1861 and looks forward to supporting another organisation that has been integral to our country's upbringing.

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