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, 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.
When BNZ staff arrived at Plunket in Featherston this morning to volunteer for the day, they were tasked with a tall order – make our playground magical. Through BNZ’s annual ‘Closed for Good’ programme, which this year sees almost 4000 staff volunteer for the day at over 460 community projects nationwide, Plunket asked staff from the local BNZ branch to create an inspiring, creative, safe and fun play space for local children. “It’s amazing.
A recent email from a Plunket mum led us to an astonishing discovery: a Plunket mothers’ group that first met in September 1951, and continues to meet today!Kellie wrote to tell us about her grandmother who, now 87 years old, is an active member of the ‘Plunket Old Girls’ – a group of women who as young mothers formed the Royal Oak Plunket Mothers’ Club. With their babies as their uniting force, the mothers initially met for afternoons of fun and friendship in a local church. Later, and as their children grew older, they held evening meetings in borrowed rooms and each other’s homes, and more recently they’ve chosen to lunch at a local cafe.
Jeanette Adams-Schneider has worked for Plunket for the past 26 years. A trained Karitane Nurse, she’s part of the Plunket Community Karitane team in Wellington. I’m often asked why I’ve worked for Plunket for so long.
Special notice - Plunket services
Plunket services in the Wellington, Hutt, Kapi-Mana and Porirua areas will recommence from mid-day today. Please take care when out and about though. We will update you later as things change.