Plunket works on many fronts to promote child and family well-being, which includes working to improve policy and law which affect children and families/whanau. This advocacy is an important part of what we do.
Over this past year Plunket has worked to support the extension of paid parental leave, strategies to mitigate the life-long impact of being born into a poor family, the strengthening of child restraints legislation, continued protection of young children from drowning in home swimming pools, creating a smokefree/Auahi Kore Aotearoa by 2025 in addition to contributing to the review of legislation governing health practitioners.
We have also continued to work alongside our partners in the Every Child Counts coalition on advocating for increased funding toward child poverty and food in schools.
These are not just issues for politicians – the health and well-being of our children is an issue for all New Zealanders. Focusing on giving our children the best start in life is vital in helping us create a better New Zealand for the future.
You can read more about our work in this area here.