Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five, is proud to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (Friday 1 August-7 August) in communities across the country, and on social media. Plunket people will once again support and take part in the Big Latch OnTM, an event organised by Women's Health Action as part of the New Zealand celebrations. On Friday 1 August and Saturday 2 August at 10.
Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo. This marks the fourth year Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five, has officially participated in Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Sonya Rimene, Plunket’s Māori Health General Manager said participation was growing every year, and staff and volunteers were finding new ways of marking the week: “It’s exciting to hear how Plunket people around the country are celebrating and having fun with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five is encouraging New Zealanders at greatest risk of catching influenza to get immunized this winter, and protect themselves from the illness for free. The government yesterday announced the free winter flu vaccine programme will be extended to the end of August as winter flu cases are rising and have yet to peak. The vaccination is free to those at greatest risk of serious influenza complications, including those over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with on-going health conditions such as asthma, and children under five years who have been hospitalized for a respiratory illness.
As part of a regional fundraising initiative, The Warehouse stores in Otago and Southland have committed to supporting Plunket’s Seen & Safe programme in their local area by running three ‘add a dollar’ campaigns over the next 12 months. Plunket hopes with the support of The Warehouse, along with other community funders, they will see 2,500 helmets and vests given to children in Otago/Southland to be seen and safe while on bikes and scooters. Plunket’s Acting Area Manager for Otago/Southland Jocelyn Johnstone said, “The Warehouse and it’s staff share our values of child safety in New Zealand communities.