Plunket celebrates rebirth of its Christchurch home base

Official reopening of Canterbury Plunket

Four years after Plunket’s Canterbury Area Office was damaged in the February 2011 earthquakes, Plunket’s Christchurch staff and volunteers have a new home-base.

Prime Minister John Key officially opened Plunket’s new Canterbury Plunket Office – Southern Region yesterday, at an event which celebrated the strength and resilience of Christchurch Plunket people in continuing to provide support for local families following the earthquakes.

The new building at 5–7 Twigger Street, Addington will be Plunket’s South Island operations hub, a base from which staff will work to support families in Christchurch and across the South Island. It replaces Plunket’s Area Office on Oxford Terrace, which had served as the charity’s Canterbury HQ since 1922.

“Today’s event is a celebration and reflection of the strength, resilience and dedication our Plunket people have shown since the earthquakes. It is thanks to a strong team of dedicated people that we are here opening this new office,” said Plunket Area President Liz McClure. She extended Plunket’s thanks to the many volunteers and funders involved in the building of the new Southern Region hub.

Plunket’s Chief Executive Jenny Prince said: “The opening of the new building is a big step in the recovery for our Plunket people here in Christchurch. If we go back to the time immediately after the quake, the families of the region were top of mind for our Plunket team, who often put them in front of their own needs. I congratulate the Canterbury Board and Operations teams on the wonderful new operations hub, from which I know there will be some amazing work go in to supporting families.”

Plunket thanks the Prime Minister John Key for officially opening the building. Plunket is grateful to the many generous funders who contributed to the new building, including CEAT, Christchurch Rotary Earthquake Charitable Trust, KPS, the National Plunket Earthquake Fund and Canterbury Area Society (volunteer) funds. 

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 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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