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.
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.
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.
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.
This month you have the special opportunity to be an online fundraiser for Plunket.
PlunketHero is our new platform where anyone can sign up to be an online collector for Plunket. Whether you are running a marathon, hosting a special party, or just want to show your support to New Zealand families you can help Plunket by signing up and shaking that virtual bucket.
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Breastfeeding rates in New Zealand are steadily increasing, according to Plunket data released during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Plunket says in 2013 and in 2014, 86% of babies aged between 2 and 6 weeks received some breast milk, the highest rate since 1994. The increases are encouraging, however the statistics also show the rate of any breastfeeding at 12 weeks is consistently lower than the rate at 6 weeks.
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.