Happy Birthday Plunket – 108 years young!

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. Plunket nurses quickly became a vital line of support for mothers and babies throughout New Zealand – and over a century later, Plunket is still here for families with young children.

“Plunket was established out of a direct need to support parents.  The way we work with families and whānau has changed enormously over the past 108 years, in response to their changing needs. But our vision to help give every child the best start in life has remained constant.” 

Andree Talbot said that Plunket continues to evolve to provide New Zealand families with the support they need to give their children the best start in life:

“From paper-based telegrams to live Facebook chats and PlunketLine – Plunket reflects how life in New Zealand has changed over the years, and the changes we’ve made in how we connect with parents, to ensure we’re here when they need us the most.”

In the last few years, research has confirmed that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical for their development, and investing in the early years is vital for children’s future health and wellbeing. 

“Today, we celebrate Plunket’s many supporters, volunteers and sponsors now and over the years, for helping us support families raising generations of New Zealand children. 

“More than 600 clinical staff and around thousands of volunteers represent and carry out Plunket’s good work. And with that many candles to blow out, it will be a team effort as usual!” said Mrs. Talbot.

About Plunket

For over a century Plunket has supported New Zealand parents to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies. 

Plunket is a not-for-profit organisation and is New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five. 

Plunket is dedicated to working with parents and communities to ensure that New Zealand children get the best start in life. Plunket’s services help families nationwide, through over 300 branches, mobile clinics and a free phone service PlunketLine, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (0800 933 922).

Plunket services are available free to families in New Zealand with children aged 0 to 5. As registered nurses with a postgraduate qualification, Plunket nurses are able to offer high standards of expertise and a range of services to families.

For more information visit plunket.org.nz

About BNZ – Principal Sponsor
Bank of New Zealand is proud to work hand in hand with Plunket to bring young New Zealand families support when they need it most.

BNZ is proud to have been a part of New Zealand since 1861 and looks forward to supporting another organisation that has been integral to our country's upbringing.

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