A product recall has been issued for Kids II - Oball Rattles. The product has been recalled because the orange rattle beads may release from the rattle chamber opening, they present a choking hazard to children under 3 years of age. What to do if you have this product
You should immediately take the recalled Oball Rattle away from small children.
A product recall has been issued for Detachable wall plug for AC power adapter for Medela breastpumps. The affected detachable wall plugs were supplied with the following models of Medela breastpumps:
Swing: 030. 0040, and 030.
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.
Around 180 families in Northland are the first in the country to experience the digital future of Plunket’s ‘Well Child Tamariki Ora’ health checks. Thirty-one Plunket frontline health professionals are using tablets equipped with a newly developed Plunket app for the first time, in the homes of New Zealand families from Dargaville to Kaitaia. This is the pilot of the new electronic Plunket Health Record – or ePHR – which is being developed in partnership with Microsoft, Marker Metro and Koorb, to help Plunket improve children’s health outcomes by giving families a more effective service.
Lucy Afemui has been with us for just a few months but she's already making a huge difference for families and children in South Auckland.
Lucy’s passionate about enabling local families to have a voice in decisions that affect them, so soon after she began her role as a Plunket Community Services Team Leader she set about doing just that. She met families, listened to their stories and swung into action to help them get the best possible service from Plunket.
Next week (2-8 March) is Plunket’s Annual ‘Bear Hug’ Appeal and Plunket volunteers are getting out and about to raise funds for local and regional services for children and their families. Plunket has been welcomed into the homes of New Zealand families for over 100 years - giving New Zealand parents the support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies.
To keep Plunket services going, volunteers are once again fundraising in a range of ways across the country – from taking to the streets with Plunket mascot ‘Big Blue’ for a street collection, through to Teddy Bear picnics where people can make a gold coin donation while joining in the fun.
Plunket welcomes the Wellington City Council’s announcement today, committing to becoming accredited as a UNICEF Child Friendly City. Wellington is the second New Zealand city to commit to the initiative, with Whangerei first to sign up in 2014. Stephanie Shennan, Plunket’s General Manager Community Development and Volunteers, described Child Friendly Cities as a great way to develop the safe, vibrant and green neighbourhoods that support children to make a healthy start.
In March 120 team members from The Warehouse will embark on a cycle relay the length of New Zealand (2,213km) to raise funds for Plunket Playgroups. Pedal for Plunket, kicks off in Cape Reinga on Wednesday 4 March, crossing the Cook Strait on the Bluebridge Ferry on Thursday 12 March and then finishing in Bluff on Tuesday 17 March. Plunket and The Warehouse are encouraging Kiwis to support the ride by adding a dollar to their purchase at The Warehouse stores nationwide (from 4 March), visiting http://pedalforplunket.
Plunket is encouraged by a recent slight decline in the number of babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly. “Any decline is good news. We believe the years of safe sleep information promoted by Plunket and other community organisations are taking hold.
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.