Harcourts New Zealand in conjunction with the Harcourts Foundation have formed an exclusive long-term partnership with Plunket New Zealand. Plunket is the largest provider of free support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five in New Zealand and see approximately 85–90% of newborns in New Zealand each year. Being New Zealand’s largest and most trusted real estate brand, Harcourts offers Plunket the base and network to build and support communities at scale, which was one of the key factors that brought the partners together.
Plunket has teamed up with The Southern Initiative in Manurewa to begin creating a welcoming space designed by and for local whānau. Plunket Community Development Manager Clare Green says the project began in 2017 and there has been some great insights and surprises. “It’s not really about how can you engage with these families, but how can we get to a point where they want to engage with us.
Plunket Nurse Te Rongopai Clay Mackay has been recognised in this year’s New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Young Nurse of the Year awards as runner-up.
Te Rongopai, aged 23 and of Ngāti Awa and Tuwharetoa Ki Kawerau descent, has always had a passion for improving the health of her people. She works alongside young mothers, providing them with support as they gain confidence as new parents.
The South Auckland Nappy Bank celebrates a major milestone this week – providing over half a million Huggies® nappies to families in need. Plunket has partnered with Huggies for more than 25 years and the South Auckland Nappy Bank initiative was set up as part of that partnership in 2017. In the Southern Initiative’s ‘Early Years Challenge Report’, data showed that South Auckland was a young population with a higher than average concentration of children aged zero to three.