The South Auckland Nappy Bank celebrated the major milestone with over one million nappies being gifted to families in need. The initiative, set up in 2017 is part of the Plunket and Huggies’ 26-year partnership. The Southern Initiative’s ‘Early Years Challenge Report’, data showed that South Auckland was a young population with a higher than average concentration of children aged zero to three.
How water-wise is your whānau? Plunket and Watercare, Auckland’s water provider, have teamed up to help spread the word on how using less water is good for the environment – and your wallet. Plunket’s Northern Region Operations Manager Sam Ferreira says, “A new baby can have a huge impact on your finances. It can mean there is less money to spend as the household income drops and costs go up.
Wattie’s and Plunket have been nutrition partners since 1990 - working together to help give every child in New Zealand the best start in life. Although the Wattie’s and Plunket relationship stems back to 1958, it wasn’t until 1990 when the two iconic New Zealand brands formalised their partnership and Wattie’s became a Pick Me Help Plunket partner, whereby a portion of each sale of a Wattie’s ForBaby product goes to Plunket to support its Community Services. Wattie’s and Plunket have worked together for many years to create helpful resources for parents who are about to start their solids journey with their child.
Do you know someone who volunteers for Plunket?Nominate them in the Very Important Plunket Person (VIPP) Award and they’ll go in the draw to win $100 Resene voucher PLUS their local Plunket Centre will receive a $100 Resene voucher too! Entries are open all year round. One lucky VIPP will be chosen four times a year – in September, December, March and June. Nominate a Plunket volunteer today.
Plunket is hosting a live Facebook Chat session tonight (Monday 2 Sept) with the Immunisation Advisory Centre, to support families with questions on the Auckland Measles outbreak. Plunket Chief Nurse Dr Jane O’Malley says Plunket – through its nursing and PlunketLine freephone 24/7 services – has been inundated with questions from parents and families seeking information and advice on Measles. “It’s clear to us that parents want to know how they can best protect themselves and their family and what they should do if they suspect their child or a family member has measles.
Otago and Christchurch families hold a special place in Sue Woodrow’s heart. Sue retires this week after 40 years as a Plunket Karitane Nurse to spend time with her grandchildren and pursue one of her passions – singing. “Sue is amazing and has worked tirelessly to support tamariki and families, as well as her colleagues.
Plunket’s Invercargill Community Services and Injury Prevention programme received a boost this month thanks to the generous support of the ILT Foundation and ILT. ILT Foundation and ILT Trustees Paddy O’Brien and Suzanne Prentice presented Plunket Invercargill’s injury prevention programmes manager Kathryn Impelmans and Community Services Coordinator Judy Cook with cheques totaling $15,000. ILT President and ILT Foundation Chair Alan Dennis said, “We are really pleased to be able to help Plunket locally to teach children about road safety at a young age.
More than 8,000 children are safer on our roads thanks to the Southland Seen and Safe road safety programme, which celebrated 10 years last week. Developed by Plunket Injury Prevention Manager Kathryn Impelmans and supported by organisations such as Road Safety Southland, Wensley’s Cycles and The Warehouse, the Southland Seen and Safe programme aims to reduce fatalities and injuries by talking to families with children under the age of 5 about road safety. “We are so grateful to these organisations who work with us to ensure our young people are visible on our roads,” says Ms Impelmans.
More than two million parents and caregivers have called Plunket’s 24/7 parent helpline when they have needed advice on the health and wellbeing of their child or whānau. Plunket staff are celebrating the milestone this month, which included a morning tea with the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter, along with other special guests. "We are absolutely privileged and lucky to have this service in New Zealand because it is unique and it is part of our fabric as a nation,” Ms Ardern said.
More than two million parents and caregivers have turned to PlunketLine when they have needed help and advice on the health and wellbeing of their child or whānau. The free 24/7 telephone support service celebrates 25 years today and is providing more support in more ways, as well as being the trusted first point of call for parents for a range of issues relating to young children. “It could be as simple as supporting a first-time parent, unsure if their baby is unwell, or helping a parent who’s been up much of the night with a child who won’t sleep.