Plunket says data analysed by the New Zealand Herald, which links poor housing with increasing numbers of children being hospitalized with preventable diseases, reflects what many Plunket nurses are seeing each and every day. “Plunket is welcomed in to 9 in 10 homes of families with newborns and our nurses and health workers regularly see young children getting sick time and again from illnesses caused by living in cold, damp, overcrowded housing,” said Plunket’s Chief Executive Amanda Malu. “Young children’s health and wellbeing is bearing the brunt of the housing crisis and this is an unacceptable cost.
The first knock on a door opens a new story. Some families need support, some advice, some an encouraging voice, but all benefit from the community support Plunket provides. As part of our ongoing commitment to making sure the services provided by Plunket are the very best they can be, we spoke to Plunket nurses from top of the North to bottom of the South.
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.
With winter power bills on the way, we’ve partnered with the Electricity Authority for a post on how you can check you’re on the best deal for your family. Did you know there are 29 different electricity brands operating in New Zealand? That’s a lot of options. To help find the best option for you, the Electricity Authority have created a free, independent online tool called whatsmynumber.
The cold, the rain, the wind - there is no doubt that winter has finally arrived. During these colder months more time is spent inside as we wait for winter to pass and the warmer weather to arrive. Winter can be a great opportunity to spend time with your children inside (and outside), allowing them to explore in the house, playing with them and doing things together.
This National Volunteer Week (18-24 June) Plunket is celebrating its volunteers across the country and the diverse ways in which they support whānau with young tamariki. “Volunteers founded Plunket in 1907 to ‘help the mothers and save the babies’ and 110 years later, volunteers are still at the heart of our services for families,” says Andree Talbot, Plunket New Zealand President. “National Volunteer Week is a chance for us to say thank you to all those who make time and give their individual skills to help families in their local communities, this week and every week.
Plunket Nurse Anita Quensell spoke to Duncan Garner today on Newshub about bedwetting in the lead up to World Bedwetting Day on 30 May.
You can watch the full interview on the Newshub website.
Plunket and our sponsor Huggies have teamed up to bring you 10 top tips for parents on how to deal with their child's bedwetting:
Children are ready to be dry at night at different ages.
Eva Silverstone from Freemans Bay has been named Volunteer of the Year 2016 for Plunket’s Northern Region. Originally from Germany, mum-of-three Eva has been volunteering for her local Plunket for nine years. Starting as the coffee group host and coordinator, Eva has taken over the role as secretary to the President of the Ponsonby/Herne Bay Plunket Committee and is now leading the area’s volunteer group and does everything from running fundraising events, writing for the quarterly newsletter to being the contact for parents in the area.
Plunket has welcomed budget measures to put more money in the pockets of low income working families as a positive step forward. “We welcome the government’s investment in families with young children. Raising tax thresholds and increasing the accommodation supplement will put more money into the pockets of families with young children, and this is a much needed and welcome step forward,” said Plunket CEO Amanda Malu.