Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are increasing slowly, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2015 and in 2016, 87. 5% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received breast milk, a figure 1.
Plunket is saddened this week by the passing of Te Ao Marama Wilson, who dedicated much of her life to supporting communities and improving the health of tamariki as part of Plunket. Poroporoaki farewell Haere atu ra e te whaea, hoki atu ki o maunga kārangaranga me o tīpuna haere atu ra, haere atu Moe mai ra. Te Ao Marama Wilson has closed her eyes for the last time on this Earth.
Plunket’s Raise a Bundle (RAB) fundraising campaign has provided Plunket partners with a platform to engage with their audiences. It has created an environment where partners can profile their relationship with Plunket, as well as help us to raise funds to support our community services. BestStart is one of these valued Plunket partners, and we are looking forward to what lies ahead in 2017.
Today is International Volunteer Day and Plunket is paying tribute to the thousands of its volunteers around New Zealand who support the charity. International Volunteer Day is a United Nations-led initiative that celebrates the one billion-strong volunteer workforce around the world. The theme for 2016 is “Together we can”, which the organisation says emphasises the power of community and that by working together, we can achieve great things.
Following this morning's earthquakes we would like to advise the following:
1. Plunket's National Support Office, based in Wellington, will be closed following Civil Defence advice to stay out of the CBD so that buildings can be checked.
Plunket urges any business or organisation with public access to provide a supportive space for breastfeeding mums. This week (1-7 August) is international Breastfeeding Week and Plunket National Advisor, Marianne Grant says “In many towns and cities around the country, mothers often struggle to find somewhere comfortable and indoors to feed their babies when they are out and about. Plunket would like to see cafes, shops, businesses, council buildings and government departments do their bit to give the next generation the best possible start in life.
Plunket is asking the Government to consider further incremental increases in paid parental leave in future Budgets following today’s application of the financial veto to Labour MP Sue Moroney's private member's bill. The Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament in April, seeking to extend paid leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks. The Government recently increased the entitlement from 16 weeks to 18 weeks, and Plunket encourages continued increases as future Budget conditions allow, Acting Chief Executive Amanda Malu says.
Along with many New Zealanders, Plunket worries about the arrival of winter.
“At this time of the year, families on low incomes really struggle to make ends meet and often can’t afford high heating bills. We encourage all landlords and property agents to make sure their rental homes are insulated, heavy curtains have been provided to keep out drafts, and any water leaks or dampness are dealt with quickly,” said Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.
In case you need some inspiration for making it through the school holidays, we’ve compiled our top 5 tips for making these holidays fun for the whole family. Take advantage of the free activities around your city: Take a picnic in a local park or visit the local museum for free! There will usually be free activities on offer during school holidays, check in with your local city council or library to see what they have on offer. Make a plan: For those routine loving children, holidays can be a struggle as their world is not as predictable as during school term.
Dettol is on the search for a little star for their new Plunket fundraising campaign!
Dettol, a Plunket Pick Me Help Plunket partner for over eight years, has recently launched an exciting new campaign and is on the search for a little star to be the face of their Plunket fundraising displays which will feature in New World stores around the country in July. As part of the campaign and to raise much needed funds for Plunket, 50c from every Dettol product sold will be donated to Plunket - up to the value of $100,000! To enter a photo of your little star, go to www. ourlittlestar.