Plunket is welcoming the child hardship package of $790 million over four years in today’s budget as a step forward in helping children in New Zealand’s poorest families. As part of the government’s ‘child hardship package’, as of 1 April 2016 beneficiaries with children will receive $25 a week more. Families not on a benefit on a low income will receive up to $12.
Plunket, one of New Zealand’s icons, celebrates its 108th birthday this week - and is still going strong. “Nine in 10 babies in New Zealand are ‘Plunket babies’, so it is a birthday we can all share and enjoy,” said New Zealand Plunket President, Andree Talbot. Plunket was founded in 1907 in Dunedin by child health visionary, Sir Frederic Truby King.
Four years after Plunket’s Canterbury Area Office was damaged in the February 2011 earthquakes, Plunket’s Christchurch staff and volunteers have a new home-base. Prime Minister John Key officially opened Plunket’s new Canterbury Plunket Office – Southern Region yesterday, at an event which celebrated the strength and resilience of Christchurch Plunket people in continuing to provide support for local families following the earthquakes. The new building at 5–7 Twigger Street, Addington will be Plunket’s South Island operations hub, a base from which staff will work to support families in Christchurch and across the South Island.
Tomorrow (Tuesday 12 May) Plunket will celebrate International Nurses Day, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Plunket CEO Jenny Prince says that nurses make a huge contribution to society and are often unsung heroes. “Plunket nurses have been a part of New Zealanders’ lives for over 100 years, giving parents the advice and support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies.