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.
We have a fabulous excuse for a night out this November. Raising Hope NZ is throwing Plunket a charity ball at The Hilton on 4 November to raise money for backpacks, lunchboxes and drink bottles to give families when children have their B4 School Check (B4SC). But this backpack isn’t just any old backpack – it means families are more likely to keep their appointments, and let the team into their home.
Plunket and Colgate Australia and New Zealand have partnered together to bring you our top five tips for keeping your family’s mouths nice and healthy:
1. Start brushing teeth as soon as they appear – use a small soft brush on little one’s teeth. Lift your child’s lip regularly to check for signs of tooth decay (holes).
Having a baby can be expensive. In fact, some parents can spend more than $800 just on nappies and wipes in the first year of welcoming a newborn. Did you know you could save enough money to pay for more than two months’ worth of nappies and wipes just by getting a better power deal? We’ve partnered with the team at What’s My Number to bring you tips on how to find out what your potential power savings could be.
Supporting your baby and child’s sleep patterns and bedtimes during Daylight Savings isn’t always easy, babies and children can often wake earlier and get to sleep later as their bodies and minds adjust. Here are some tips you might find useful when daylight savings approaches:
In the week leading up to the clock moving forward with Daylight Saving, we encourage parents to begin settling their baby or child to bed slightly earlier each evening. This can be easier to manage than starting after Daylight Saving.
Plunket welcomes the Labour Party’s pre-election policy announcement of increased funding for more Plunket/Well Child Tamariki Ora health visits.
“Plunket welcomes policies to increase support for families with young children, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances, from parties across the political spectrum,” said Plunket’s Chief Executive Amanda Malu. Plunket is the largest provider of the Ministry of Health’s Well Child Tamariki Ora service, with Plunket nurses and health-workers welcomed in to 9 in 10 homes with newborns in New Zealand.
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.