Plunket says parents wanting to quit smoking on Smokefree day need look no further than to their children for the best reasons – and for their support. Plunket fully endorses the theme for 2014 World Smokefree Day on 31st May, which is ’Quit now. It’s about whānau.
Plunket believes elements of this year’s budget acknowledge the need to invest in the early years, with a particular focus on increasing paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 18 weeks by 2016. Plunket welcomes the additional investment in families, with increasing parental tax credits and free GP visits and prescriptions for children up to the age of 13. Plunket would still like to see paid parental leave increased to 26 weeks as a medium-term goal for future New Zealand families and Whānau.
Plunket’s Redwood Clinic will be closing on Friday 2 May in order to comply with Council earthquake regulations. Plunket’s Canterbury Area Manager Anne Feld says, “Christchurch families have been through a lot over the last few years and it’s always disappointing to have to change things on them again. However the safety of our parents and children is our top priority so we completely understand and support the council’s decision”.