Changes on Plunket Foundation Board

Plunket President Andree Talbot has announced the resignation of Plunket Foundation Chair, Sir Ray Avery.

Sir Ray was appointed Chair in June 2013, and was instrumental in the appointment of a new set of Trustees followed by the official launch of the Foundation in August 2013.

“The Board of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society is grateful for the energy and time Sir Ray has been able to give over the past two years and acknowledge that he now wishes to focus on his philanthropic global healthcare commitments. We would like to thank him for his significant contribution to the Foundation and wish him well in the future,” said Ms Talbot.

A new Chair will be appointed at the Foundation’s next meeting.

Notes to editors

About the Plunket Foundation

The Plunket Foundation is a stand-alone Philanthropic Trust, established by Plunket with generous support from Karitane Products Society (KPS) Limited.

The mandate is simple:

To build an independent, sustainable, world class children’s endowment fund focused on helping New Zealand communities ‘Grow Great Kiwi Kids’ today, tomorrow, and into the future.

Current Trustees include:

  • Carol Becker
  • Jillian Friedlander
  • Sir Graham Henry
  • Sam Johnson
  • Richie Poulton

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

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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