Plunket is urging politicians to reconsider their position on swimming pool fencing. The Building (Pools) Amendment Bill has been reported back to the House with the majority recommendation that it be passed and is now going through its second reading. Plunket National Advisor Child Safety, Sue Campbell, says passing the amendment would be a giant step backward for child safety.
Pacific families from Auckland, Wellington and Whanganui have taken part in new research to help Plunket improve its services for the Pacific community. Eighty-four families from 9 Pacific ethnicities took part in 12 focus groups with Plunket, sharing their stories and experiences and giving their suggestions for how Plunket could work differently to better meet their needs. Seven key people from Plunket and external agencies with expertise in working with Pacific clients were also interviewed for the research.
After seven years as Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, Jenny Prince has announced she will step down from the role in February 2016 to spend more time with her own family. “I’m proud and humbled to lead Plunket. It’s a privilege to work in partnership with New Zealand families and communities to help give their young children the best start in life,” said Jenny Prince.
Plunket is joining forces with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Puni Kōkiri to help families teach their young children te reo. As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (27 July-2 August), Plunket is distributing language resources by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to help families speak te reo to their young children. Around 3,500 free language resources will be distributed by Plunket nurses and healthworkers across the country during Te Wiki, with a focus on Māori families.
Plunket is supporting three exciting initiatives designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children.
Training the babysitters of the future
Through our Education in Schools programme we’ve updated the Plunket Babysitting Certificate course, which teaches potential babysitters how to keep children safe and ultimately be responsible, caring, trustworthy, respectful and competent in their roles. Targeted mainly at students aged 13-14, the course is also sometimes taught as part of after-school programmes and community activities and in Girls’ Brigade and Plunket centres.
Tomorrow (Tuesday 12 May) Plunket will celebrate International Nurses Day, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Plunket CEO Jenny Prince says that nurses make a huge contribution to society and are often unsung heroes. “Plunket nurses have been a part of New Zealanders’ lives for over 100 years, giving parents the advice and support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies.
Plunket is encouraging families to keep an eye on the kids while they make the most of the summer holidays. Plunket National Advisor on Child Safety, Sue Campbell says “Summer is all about fun, family, friends and hopefully some sunshine. But it’s also a time when sunburn and accidents are all too common.
Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, Sue Campbell, urges families to take care and be responsible with fireworks this Guy Fawkes, to prevent children from being injured by fireworks. “We encourage people to attend public displays, where neighbours and friends can meet and enjoy the occasion safely. Large, spectacular public displays are held in many towns and cities around the country and can be great fun for all the family,” said Sue Campbell.
Today (1 November) marks the first birthday of a new law requiring all children aged seven and under to be secured in a car seat or booster seat when travelling in a vehicle - and to mark the milestone, ACC and Plunket are encouraging families to invest in their children’s safety. On 1 November 2013, the law extended the age that children must be in a car seat or booster seat from their fifth birthday to their seventh birthday. In response, Plunket and ACC joined forces to subsidize over 10,000 car seats for community services card holders, supporting families to keep their kids safe in cars.
Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo. This marks the fourth year Plunket, New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well-being of children under five, has officially participated in Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Sonya Rimene, Plunket’s Māori Health General Manager said participation was growing every year, and staff and volunteers were finding new ways of marking the week: “It’s exciting to hear how Plunket people around the country are celebrating and having fun with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.