Plunket is celebrating the extension to paid parental leave today as ‘an important investment in families and the future of New Zealand’. The Bill passed its third reading today, and the new law will extend parental leave from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018, and to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. “Today’s extension to paid parental leave is a step forward to be celebrated.
You might have read news reports today about an increase in the number of children having tongue-tie surgery. Plunket takes the same perspective as La Leche League and the College of Midwives – mums getting an assessment from a trained professional to determine the cause of breastfeeding issues is key. It’s important to avoid unnecessary surgery, for the child and also for the mum – it is important that the correct cause of breastfeeding issues is addressed and the mum isgetting the support she needs to breastfeed.
It’s been a year since the Kaikoura earthquake of 14 November 2016 – a natural disaster that had a great effect on many lives. One year on and Plunket would like to recognise the amazing work Community Service Coordinator Marz Simpson did in response to the aftermath of the quake. After the earthquake, Marz was instrumental in providing support to local whānau.
Plunket says the Government’s decision to bring in its Families Package by 1 July 2018 and to set targets to reduce child poverty are steps forward in giving the welfare of New Zealand’s young children the priority it deserves. The plans were confirmed in today’s Speech from the Throne. Plunket also welcomes the Government acting to tackle the housing crisis in their first 100 days with policies to give more New Zealanders access to a safe, warm, dry home.
Plunket welcomes the government’s plan to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks from 2020 as an important investment in families, and in New Zealand’s future. The Government yesterday announced it would increase the duration of parental leave entitlements to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018, extending further to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. “Extended paid parental leave is recognized globally as providing significant benefits to tamariki, whānau and communities,” said Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu.