More than two million parents and caregivers have called Plunket’s 24/7 parent helpline when they have needed advice on the health and wellbeing of their child or whānau. Plunket staff are celebrating the milestone this month, which included a morning tea with the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter, along with other special guests. "We are absolutely privileged and lucky to have this service in New Zealand because it is unique and it is part of our fabric as a nation,” Ms Ardern said.
More than two million parents and caregivers have turned to PlunketLine when they have needed help and advice on the health and wellbeing of their child or whānau. The free 24/7 telephone support service celebrates 25 years today and is providing more support in more ways, as well as being the trusted first point of call for parents for a range of issues relating to young children. “It could be as simple as supporting a first-time parent, unsure if their baby is unwell, or helping a parent who’s been up much of the night with a child who won’t sleep.
A new partnership between YMCA Auckland, Plunket and Auckland Council is increasing the push for zero drownings in the under-five age group across Auckland. The partnership, which takes effect from Monday 29th April 2019, is being driven by YMCA Auckland and will see the not-for-profit’s Swim School programme run out of eight Auckland pools rather than the current four. In 2017, seven children under the age of five drowned in New Zealand, that’s two more than in 2016.
Pukeko Pictures’ preschool brand, Kiddets has partnered with Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of free development, health and wellbeing support services for children under five. The partnership will see Kiddets and Plunket branded collateral available to Plunket’s 530 locations across New Zealand, helping to make children’s Well Child checks even more enjoyable. “We are really excited to be working with Pukeko Pictures again and the Kiddets is a great platform to get some important health messages out to children and whānau,” said Plunket’s Head of Partnerships and Brand, Carolyn Mettrick.
This week Dancing with the Stars NZ announced that Jude Dobson, beloved 90s TV personality and passionate advocate for children and families, will be appearing on this season’s show – and Plunket is her charity of choice!
“We are really excited that Jude has chosen to support Plunket,” said Amanda Malu, Plunket Chief Executive. “Jude has a long association with Plunket. Following her high-profile career as a television presenter, Jude established Raising Children Media to support parents in the child-raising journey with video content.