The Plunket Rooms in Campbell St have closed this week until a detailed engineering evaluation can confirm whether the building is earthquake safe. Wanganui Plunket Area Manager Jo Malcolm-Black says that since the Christchurch earthquake, building safety has been a priority for organisations across the country. “The safety of our staff and clients is a top priority for Plunket and we have commissioned an engineering report for the Campbell St rooms to help us to determine whether this is an appropriate site.
Plunket welcomes the passing into law of an increase in the age limit for the mandatory use of child car restraints from age 5 to age 7. This will require children to be in an appropriate child restraint until their 7th birthday. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says this is good news.
Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school this week. As New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five, Plunket recognises many children will be venturing off to school for the first time. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says for parents and caregivers the start of the school year can be an emotional and busy time.