Plunket welcomes its new President

At its Annual General Meeting this week, The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society welcomed its new President Andrée Talbot, and farewelled its outgoing New Zealand President Tristine Clark after a three-year term in the role.

Andrée Talbot becomes Plunket’s 24th New Zealand President in its 107 year history, elected to the role by Plunket’s National Board. She has been involved in Plunket for over 19 years, beginning with her local community in Devonport, and latterly as Vice Chair of the National Board.

Mrs Talbot, a lawyer at Takapuna-based firm Simpson Western, said her vision for her term as President centred on continuing the organisation’s focus on supporting vulnerable children and families: “We’re at a time when caring for New Zealand’s children needs to be at the top of the list, and when every child in New Zealand receives the support they need to reach their potential. As President of Plunket, it’s an honour to be able to take forward that vision for our future, based on listening and responding to the changing needs of New Zealand families.”

Jenny Prince, Plunket’s Chief Executive welcomed Andrée Talbot to the role: “I’m delighted to have someone of Andrée’s calibre to set our direction at this critical moment in our history. Andrée is passionate about Plunket’s role in supporting parents and caregivers to give their children the best start in life they possibly can,” she said.

At the AGM, Andrée Talbot awarded outgoing President Tristine Clark a lifetime membership of Plunket: “We are deeply grateful for Tristine’s commitment to Plunket, now and over the years. She led changes to streamline our regional governance structure, reducing administration to give volunteers more scope delivering community services to families. And she represented Plunket publically and at the most senior level, meeting with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George during their visit to New Zealand.”

Tristine Clark said it had been a privilege to be involved in Plunket: “Plunket’s role in supporting families and communities is unique. I’m proud to have driven forward a process at Plunket to ensure the organisation can give people the volunteering opportunities they’re looking for, adapting to what communities are telling us they want. It’s an ongoing process of change and I look forward to watching future developments.”

Mrs Clark will still be involved in Plunket through the birth of her first grandchild.

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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.

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About Andrée Talbot

Andree’s involvement with Plunket began with the arrival of the first of her two children over 19 years ago.

Since then she has served in a number of roles from local sub-branch through to New Zealand Councillor and national board member, elected Plunket’s New Zealand President in November 2014.  She has been actively involved in her community for many years.

Living on Auckland’s North Shore with her husband, daughter and son, Andree is a solicitor with Simpson Western, a law firm based in Takapuna.

About Tristine Clark

Tristine lives on a lifestyle block in Oamaru after moving there from the family farm. She has two grown up sons, Morgan and Tyler. Tristine is passionate about locally based community initiatives and actively participates as the past Chairperson of the Waitaki Family Health Trust Committee, as a member of the Safekids Coalition and returning officer for a Board of Trustees.

Tristine has been involved with Plunket for over 32 years, holding many governance roles at local and national level. Tristine was Plunket’s 23rd New Zealand President, from 2011-14. She has been awarded life membership of her Area, and more recently lifetime membership of Plunket, an honour reserved for Plunket Presidents.

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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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