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.
Plunket turns 110-years-old today. This is an amazing milestone, and all the more spectacular when you think that New Zealand only officially became the nation we know it as today 177-years-ago. We are a true Kiwi institution!
Our work touches and changes lives, and you are a part of that.
Plunket is blessed to have wonderful partners like Star Sponsor BestStart that go above and beyond to support Plunket’s work within communities. Each year, BestStart hold a Plunket Appeal Week and this year’s appeal marked an exceptionally busy time for BestStart’s early childcare centres. BestStart’s centres were a buzz of activity with staff, families and their children participating in fun and creative events and activities such as art auctions, sponsored lapses of the playground, Teddy Bear picnics and Sludge Days – all with the aim to raise funds to be used by Plunket in local communities.
A product recall has been issued for Kids II - Oball Rattles. The product has been recalled because the orange rattle beads may release from the rattle chamber opening, they present a choking hazard to children under 3 years of age. What to do if you have this product
You should immediately take the recalled Oball Rattle away from small children.
In Whangarei Plunket is trialing an exciting new venture, Pop-Up Playgroups. A notice goes up on the Facebook page, the van heads to the local park or community hall, out pop the toys, fort-building bricks and healthy snacks … and along come some very grateful mums. The sessions provide an oasis of companionship and encouragement.
Listeria has been found in a supermarket salad. All LeaderBrand salads have now been recalled, despite the food-borne bacteria being found only in the Caesar Salad. The company said it has recalled its entire salad product range, including LeaderBrand Classic Salads, Fresh Plus Salads, Value Bag Salads, Pam's Fresh Express salads and 100 per cent Fresh Salads from the major supermarkets it supplies.
More than 120 team members from The Warehouse and Plunket will embark on a cycle relay the length of New Zealand in March to raise funds for Plunket community services. Pedal for Plunket, now in its second year, kicks off in in both Cape Reinga and Port Puponga on 8th March 2017. Riders will cycle various legs of the race through the North and South Islands in unison, calling in to 88 of The Warehouse’s 92 stores along the way.
Today marks the start of Well Child Week (27 February-4 March 2017), something close to the heart of Plunket and the Kiwi families we serve.
The focus of this year’s Well Child Week is the crucial 15-18 month visit where Plunket and families are able to take the time to discuss how their child is developing. Plunket Nurses aim to meet with children and their families at least seven times before they are five years old through the Well Child/Tamariki Ora programme.
Plunket has a wonderful dedicated family of partners who support our everyday work within communities across New Zealand – and when extraordinary events like November’s earthquakes occur, they’re also the first to put their hands up to help.
Huggies, Wattie’s, Dettol and Colgate rallied together to provide much needed supplies of nappies, baby food, and cleaning products (including hand sanitizer and wipes, and tooth paste and brushes) for quake affected families in Kaikoura and North Canterbury. Pregnancy & Parenting Manager Linda Hill led the coordination and distribution of these support packs (‘Hugs in a Bag’) alongside her Plunket Canterbury staff and volunteers.