Plunket welcomes the Government’s Families Package as a positive step towards reducing child poverty and giving the welfare of New Zealand tamariki the priority it deserves. “It is encouraging to see that the Government is taking action in its first 100 days to help make the difference of a lifetime in our tamariki’s first 1000 days,” said Plunket’s Chief Strategy and Performance Officer, Radha Balakrishnan. Plunket nurses see 9 in 10 babies born in New Zealand, and sees first-hand the impact of poverty and poor housing on young families, with more and more whānau struggling to make ends meet: “The results are poor child health, stressed families and poorer outcomes for children – especially for our Māori and Pacific communities who bear the brunt of this burden on our children,” said Radha Balakrishnan.
Plunket is paying tribute to over 1000 volunteers in communities across New Zealand on International Volunteer Day. International Volunteer Day is an annual United Nations-led initiative that recognises the contribution volunteers make in our communities both locally and globally. This year the theme is 'Volunteers Act First.
Plunket is encouraging mums, pregnant women and those trying to get pregnant to check they are immunised from whooping cough, to protect themselves and their children. The Ministry of Heath today declared a national outbreak of whooping cough, as a total of 1,315 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2017. “Immunisation is a free, proven way that parents can protect their children against serious diseases, including whooping cough.
Plunket is proud to support the national Safe Sleep initiative for whānau this Safe Sleep Day, 1 December. Plunket’s National Advisor for Māori Health, Zoe Tipa, says Safe Sleep Day is a national campaign focused on promoting safe sleep practices for babies, so that every sleep is a safe sleep. “Every year in New Zealand, more than 40 babies die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI – which includes SIDS or cot death) and it is preventable.
Plunket is celebrating the extension to paid parental leave today as ‘an important investment in families and the future of New Zealand’. The Bill passed its third reading today, and the new law will extend parental leave from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018, and to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. “Today’s extension to paid parental leave is a step forward to be celebrated.
You might have read news reports today about an increase in the number of children having tongue-tie surgery. Plunket takes the same perspective as La Leche League and the College of Midwives – mums getting an assessment from a trained professional to determine the cause of breastfeeding issues is key. It’s important to avoid unnecessary surgery, for the child and also for the mum – it is important that the correct cause of breastfeeding issues is addressed and the mum isgetting the support she needs to breastfeed.
It’s been a year since the Kaikoura earthquake of 14 November 2016 – a natural disaster that had a great effect on many lives. One year on and Plunket would like to recognise the amazing work Community Service Coordinator Marz Simpson did in response to the aftermath of the quake. After the earthquake, Marz was instrumental in providing support to local whānau.
Plunket says the Government’s decision to bring in its Families Package by 1 July 2018 and to set targets to reduce child poverty are steps forward in giving the welfare of New Zealand’s young children the priority it deserves. The plans were confirmed in today’s Speech from the Throne. Plunket also welcomes the Government acting to tackle the housing crisis in their first 100 days with policies to give more New Zealanders access to a safe, warm, dry home.
Plunket welcomes the government’s plan to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks from 2020 as an important investment in families, and in New Zealand’s future. The Government yesterday announced it would increase the duration of parental leave entitlements to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018, extending further to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. “Extended paid parental leave is recognized globally as providing significant benefits to tamariki, whānau and communities,” said Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu.
Plunket is encouraging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety this Labour weekend. Plunket National Advisor on Child Safety, Sue Campbell says “The long weekend is all about fun, family, friends and hopefully some sunshine. But it’s also a time when accidents are all too common, particularly on our roads.