Plunket welcomes the Health Select Committee’s recommendation that the Bill to remove branding from tobacco products go ahead, saying the policy is ‘an important investment in the health of New Zealand children’. The Health Select Committee considered over 15,000 submissions on the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill and recommended it is passed, with the name of the proposed legislation altered to ‘standardised packaging'. Plunket was among organisations to make a submission to the Select Committee backing the Bill as a necessary measure to protect the health and well being of our current and future generations.
When Plunket launched its ‘Build a Bus’ fundraising drive for one new mobile clinic, it got more than it bargained for. The response from donors surpassed all expectations, and Plunket was delighted to raise enough for not one, but three mobile clinics. Donors contributed over $140,000, and Plunket’s long-term lease partner also got on board donating one mobile clinic.