Plunket and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have launched the Mere Harper and Ria Tikini Memorial Scholarship, acknowledging two wāhine toa who were instrumental in starting Plunket and inspiring Plunket’s rebrand, both which are being launched today. The annual scholarship aims to give financial support of $3,000 to a full-time nursing student, of Ngāi Tahu descent in their final year of study. Many people know the story of Plunket’s beginnings in Karitāne and the work of Dr Truby King – but what they don’t know is that’s not the full story.
Inclined infant sleep products, which have been attributed to multiple deaths in the United States, have today been banned in New Zealand. An Unsafe Goods Notice published in the New Zealand Gazette means that it is now illegal to import or sell inclined infant sleep products (inclined sleepers) in New Zealand. “Inclined sleepers are a major risk for infants.
Andrée Talbot, a leader, volunteer and honorary life member of Plunket who was instrumental in the development and success of Plunket services has sadly died. Throughout her more than 20 years’ service with Plunket Andrée created a legacy that Plunket is forever grateful for. “Andrée started with Plunket in Devonport in 1996 as a volunteer following the birth of her first child.
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.
Plunket playgroups around New Zealand are being encouraged to get involved with the Sending Love for Christmas initiative this year. Sending Love is a nationwide project that collects Christmas cards written by everyday Kiwis and distributes them to people who might be feeling lonely or just need a bit of extra love and care during the festive season. The project was started in 2017 by mum Hannah Rodgers and her 5-year-old son Jayden Devin-Rodgers.
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.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions we've been answering about the current measles outbreak in Auckland.
Updated 6 September 2019
Q) Where can I get the MMR vaccine?
A) Free vaccination is available to those under 50 years of age at any GP, and there are also drop-in clinics in Auckland:
Counties Manukau clinics:
Clendon Public Nursing Office, Clendon Shopping Centre, Manurewa, daily, 9. 30am-3pm
Manukau Super/Surgical Clinic Business hrs, 901 Great South Road, daily, 9.
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.